Triton men host Clinton

Coming off three straight victories, the Iowa Central men’s basketball team will look to take another step forward tonight against Clinton.

Tip for the ICCAC matchup is set for 6 p.m. inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

On Saturday, the Tritons (16-10 overall, 5-4 in the league) edged Iowa Lakes here by a 102-96 final. Sophomore guards Dylan Travis (18.1), Jesse Jones (14.0) and Javonte Young (10.0) are the main offensive weapons for Iowa Central, which is averaging 80.5 points per game. Ky Kramer (9.4) and Malik Brooks (6.5) round out the Triton starting five.

Travis also leads Iowa Central in rebounds (114), steals (42), made field goals (152) and made 3-pointers (70), while Jones has delivered team-highs in assists (80) and made free throws (96).

“I like the faster pace our team is playing at right now (ICCC has tallied at least 94 points in five of its past six outings),” Triton head coach Dennis Pilcher said. “We’ve been making tremendous progress, but I still think our best basketball is ahead of us. It’s been real enjoyable coaching this group.”

Back on Jan. 8 of this year, Iowa Central posted an 81-73 road triumph over the Cougars (1-19, 0-8). Travis netted 20 points in that contest, followed by 18 from Young.

“With (Clinton) being at the bottom of the league, and having just one win, this can be a tough game from a mental standpoint,” said Pilcher. “We can’t afford to overlook them. It’s important we get off to a good start, especially on the defensive end. We need to knock down some shots, and we can’t allow any easy second-chance points.”

Onterier Brown (14.4), Samuel Bil (9.5) and Trevion Gaines (9.4) are the primary scoring threats for Clinton, whose lone win was a 105-65 pounding of Saint Ambrose JV on Jan. 29. As a unit, the Cougars are shooting only 35.9 percent from the field and 57.4 percent at the charity stripe.

Iowa Central owns an 8-2 home record this season, while Clinton is 0-9 on the road.