Lake Superior cools down Ironmen

by Tom Coombe
The Vermilion Ironmen were riding a hot streak, at least until Wednesday.
That’s when league upstart Lake Superior staked its own claim in a growing chase for a regional playoff berth, pulling away from the Ironmen in an 84-64 community college basketball victory at Superior, Wis.
The fledgling IceHawks, in their first season of play in the Minnesota Community Athletic Conference, evened their division record at 4-4 while VCC fell to 3-4 and had a three-game win streak come to an end.
One team was hot and the other was not as the Ironmen shot just 34 percent for the game and were six-for-28 from three-point distance.
Lake Superior shot at a 51 percent clip and was an even more impressive 11-for-20 from beyond the three-point line.
The IceHawks’ Ryan Pantsar hit all five of his three-point attempts and had 19 points for LSC, which outscored Vermilion 39-27 in the second stanza.
Vermilion’s Curtis Bell scored a game-high 27 points and teammate Devontaye Spates had 18 points and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough.
The Ironmen badly need a win today, when they host Itasca at 3 p.m. at the college gymnasium.
Vermilion, Itasca, Lake Superior, Mesabi and Northland are part of a five-way fight for two playoff spots.
Vermilion 91, Hibbing 73
Spates had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Ironmen won the Jan. 18 home contest.
It was tight until the closing minutes when the Ironmen created some breathing room.
Monell scored 20 points and hit five triples for the Ironmen, while Bell had 18 points and seven rebounds.
Guard Maurice Carter came off the bench to add 15 points for the Ironmen, who led 40-33 at halftime.
David Faitha led Hibbing with 26 points.