Defense catapults LRSC men to victories

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
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Lake Region State College forward Tom Kubank, left, skies through the air to win the tip off Saturday at the Spirit Lake Casino Classic held at the Devils Lake Sports Center

By Harry Lipsiea

The constant for the Lake Region State College mens basketball in the team’s opening games Saturday and Sunday was simple: defense. Because of that defensive effort and a number of big offensive performances individually at the Spirit Lake Casino Classic held in Devils Lake, the Royals are now 2-0 on the season.

“I thought our defense was solid both nights,” Lake Region State College head coach Joe Kittell stated. “Even when the shots weren’t falling, defensively we were pretty solid.”

On Saturday, Lake Region State College used a 37-3 run late in the first half and early in the second half to run away with a 92-61 triumph over Presentation College JV.

“We really got rolling in the last five minutes of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half,” Kittell commented.

The team was led by AJ Nywesh off the bench with 15 points. Tom Kubank added 12 points while Diallo Powell, Kharie Kirkland and Adante Jones each chipped in with 11. Pat Thomas had a game-high eight rebounds.

The Royals’ second game was more of a grind-it-out affair when they defeated Turtle Mountain Community College 88-62.

“We came out sluggish and just never got into a rhythm offensively,” Kittell stated.

Powell, a sophomore forward, had a huge night scoring 38 points and adding 12 rebounds. Nywesh finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Dawson Peterson had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Clark had 10 points and eight rebounds.

“That’s exactly what we were looking for out of Diallo. He had a fantastic night,” he said. “Dawson had a big game as well.”

For now, the Royals are looking to get better everyday in practice.

“We are going to look at the film, work hard at practice and try to improve as much as possible,” Kittell stated.