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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • LRSC Men’s Hoops defeat Cankdeska Cikana, 107-76

  • Lake Region State College Men’s Basketball stretched their current winning streak to five Monday night as they beat Cankdeska Cikana Community College in convincing fashion, 107-76.
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  • By Joe Mellenbruch
    Journal Sports
    @Journal_Joe
    Lake Region State College Men’s Basketball stretched their current winning streak to five Monday night as they beat Cankdeska Cikana Community College in convincing fashion, 107-76.
    The Royals, led by a 21-point effort from St. Paul, Minn. native Diallo Powell, held a 14 point advantage at the halftime interval, but increased defensive pressure by the team in the second half forced Cankdeska Cikana into a number of bad shots, allowing the Royals to more than double their lead en route to a comfortable win.
    The win makes it five straight for Lake Region State, who now prepare for two difficult road games in Montana this weekend. However, head coach Joe Kittell is pleased with his team’s effort over this recent stretch of games.
    The teams that LRSC has faced in recent weeks aren’t quite up to the level of competition on which Royals currently stand, but the fact that they’re winning games so emphatically is a testament to the team’s sharpness and intensity.
    “We’ve got a good group here. They listen,” Kittell said. “They take pride in what they do on the court, and they wanted to come out and put in a good effort.
    “We competed. We fought hard. We got out of these last five games with five wins. Now it’s time to see what we’re made of on the road.”
    Another thing that Royals have been able to accomplish over these last five games is avoid any major injury setbacks.
    The only current injury that the team is currenty handling is an ankle injury sustained to freshman post Malik Durant-Haines.
    According to Kittell, Durant-Haines is going to test the ankle during practice Tuesday, and if he’s cleared to play, he should be available for selection for this weekend’s games in Montana.
    The men’s team plays this Friday night against Miles City and follows that up with another tough road contest against Central Wyoming.
    Thankfully for the Royals, they still only boast one loss on the season, which came against the No. 8 team in the country, in overtime. And they were never in danger of suffering their second loss Monday night against Cankdeska Cikana.
    Kyle Ironhawk put in another strong effort for the visitors, finishing with a team-high 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to inspire an upset win. Terry Herman and Alvin Whiteshield both finished with 19 points for Cankdeska Cikana.
    The visiting team shot well from the field in the first half, but increased defensive pressure from LRSC made all the difference in the game, and in Cankdeska Cikana’s offensive output.
    Page 2 of 2 - The visitors shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half, including 7/14 from three point range.
    In the second half, they shot 8/36. From behind the arc, they shot  with 7-percent accuracy.
    “We stepped it up,” Kittell said. “It was good to see that from our guys. Now we need to play like that for 40 minutes and not just 20 minutes. But it was good to see them bear down like that.
    “(Cankdeska Cikana) was a good team, but no team should be shooting 50 percent from the field against us.”
    The Royals are now 7-1 on the season, and a pair of wins this weekend in Montana would be a real statement from this team.
    A full report from LRSC’s weekend games will be printed in Monday’s issue of the Journal, and a preview of the weekend’s doubleheader will be made available on Friday.

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