The Iowa Central men's basketball team traveled to Wahpeton, ND this weekend to play two games against a pair of schools from North Dakota. On Friday night, Iowa Central played the host school North Dakota State College of Science and came out on the short end by a score of 84-56. NDSCS was hot all night long as they made 16 three point field goals in their victory. "We came out and missed our first 12 three point attempts and they were hot. When that happens, games like this can get out of hand quickly. North Dakota Science is a good team. They have good guards and a couple guys who could shoot it. And we didn't do a good job against their zone, getting the ball inside the holes of it and converting." Said Dennis Pilcher, head coach of Iowa Central. North Dakota Science opened up a 20 point lead at half, but the Tritons did mount a comeback. Down 14 with 12 minutes to go, two bad turnovers for the Tritons and baskets at the other end by North Dakota ended the rally. "We had the lead cut to 14, started making some shots, then we had two huge turnovers on back to back possessions where they score 5 points. Momentum at that time was trying to figure out which side to jump on and they capitalized on it." Said Pilcher
With the loss, Iowa Central is now 6-8 overall. They will play again on 1:00pm on Saturday against Lake Region State Community College.
Quick Stats from North Dakota State College of Science:
Dallas Bailey 14 pts 9 rebs
Jesse Moss 11pts
Austin Jarvis 8 pts
On Saturday, Iowa Central took on Lake Region State in the final game of their trip to North Dakota. Iowa Central, trailing by as many as 13 in the second half, mounted a furious comeback and Royshawn Webb's pullup jumper with 6 seconds proved to be the difference as the Tritons defeated Lake Region by a score of 79-77. "I thought the last 20 minutes of the game, we played really well. We moved the ball on offense, got key stops on the defensive end for us to win. We got good contribution off the bench too. I thought Jaden Kephart played really well. He hit a big 3 and took a charge late in the game. We need guys to do that for us to be successful."
With the win, Iowa Central concludes the first semester of play at 7-8 overall. Their next game will be on January 5th when they host Iowa Western at 4:00pm.
Quick Stats from Lake Region:
Royshawn Webb 18 pts 5 rebs
Dallas Bailey 16 pts 10 rebs
Kane Kramer 15 pts 3 rebs
Bryce Armstrong 14 pts