Beisch hits buzzer beater

-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Fort Dodge alumni Kyle Beisch shoots over Iowa Central Dallas Bailey on Wednesday

ESTHERVILLE — Kyle Beisch knew it was good.

With Iowa Lakes trailing NIACC 80-78 with five seconds remaining, Beisch used a pump-fake and side-step, then launched a three, that connected for an 81-80 victory over NIACC in a Region XI quarterfinal.

“I knew it was good the second I let it go,” Beisch said. “The play was designed for us shooters to get on both sides and have the person with the ball make a play and get to the rim.”

The celebration that ensued afterwards was one the Fort Dodge graduate would soon not forget.

“The celebration was crazy afterwards,” Beisch said. “To be honest — after the shot I was just so shocked and I didn’t know what was going on.

“It was just a surreal moment.”

Up to that point, Beisch had struggled from the field. Going 1-for-11 and 0-for-5 from three-point range, but his only the three was the difference.

“It was the first time in my career to hit a shot like that,” Beisch said. “I always have confidence no matter the situation, just because of the hours I’ve put in the gym.”

The second-seeded Lakers (23-8 overall) will now host defending NJCAA national champion Southwestern at 7 p.m. tonight.

Iowa Lakes held a 30-28 halftime lead and placed four players in double figures.

Nick Wagner led the Lakers off the bench with 19 points. Christian Kyles had 14.

Fort Dodge graduate Solomon Clayton had 10 points and seven rebounds. Dennis Joiner added 10 points.

Nick Wurm led NIACC with 27 points and Orrinton Hamilton had 22.