LRSC men stay perfect with wins

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
The LRSC men improved to 7-0 with a win Saturday evening at home.

By Harry Lipsiea

Journal Sports

At 7-0, the Lake Region State College mens basketball team is exactly where they wanted to be at right now. The squad used a pair of lop-sided wins to improve their record Friday and Saturday.

The Royals used a high-energy performance Friday to earn a 117-44 victory over the Mayville State JV. From beginning to end, Lake Region State College controlled the action with excellent defense and extremely efficient offense.

“Our energy was excellent,” Lake Region State College mens basketball coach Joe Kittell stated. “Both our starters and the guys off the bench were ready to go as soon as they hit the court.”

The Royals were led in scoring by Diallo Powell with 19 points. Dawson Peterson had 17 points while Spencer Halvorson had 15 points. Pat Thomas added 13 points while Caerino Gurley just missed out on double figures with nine.

Ryan Clark and Thomas each brought down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Three players scoring in the twenties led the Royals to victory Saturday against the University of Jamestown JV. AJ Nywesh led all scorers with 23 points while Diallo Powell had 21 and Tom Kubank had 20.

Clark and Powell each had six rebounds.

Lake Region State College used a strong start against against the Jimmies. The Royals led 50-27 at the break leading the way for the win.

“I thought we were just a little flat tonight,” Kittell commented. “We lacked that energy we had last night. But, overall I thought our defense played pretty well again.”

Their defense has been a major key for the Royals so far this season. The coach is pleased with how it has trickled down to the Royals’ offensive performance.

“Early in the year, we were just playing good defense. Now, we are playing good defense and its leading to points on the offensive side of the ball.”

The Royals are now preparing for a difficult stretch on the road.

“It’s time for us to keep getting better in practice before we hit the road,” Kittell stated. “We have had a good start, but now we are playing teams that are told that they are supposed to beat us. We’re going to try bring our best and go to work.”