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Boys Basketball: New roles for some DL players

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There will be plenty of experience back for the Detroit Lakes boys’ basketball, but not necessarily in the same roles as they held for the 2012-13 season.

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Gone are the Lakers’ two leading scorers in 2013 seniors Kirk McLeod (411 points) and Derek Long (386), making some big holes to fill for the incoming 2013-14 squad.

“We have four to five quality experienced players back, but they will be in new roles this year,” said DL head coach Robb Flint. “If you can have three to four players who can put up 20 points in a game, you have a pretty good team.

“I don’t see that from us, yet.”

The Lakers, who finished 14-13 last year, have good athleticism back in junior guards Ryan Cihak and Jackson Lyngaas.

Cihak finished last year with 285 points, while Lyngaas dumped in 201.

“We’ll be looking at those two to be scorers for us and we have better depth with Connor Johnson, Christian Hedstrom and Corbin Duncan seeing time last year,” Flint said. “We have some decent shooters, but not as quick and explosive to the hoop as we were last season.”

Trey Lyngaas and junior Sam Champa each will be DL’s frontcourt contributors, with Ben Hokanson bringing size (6-7), but inexperience.

The Lakers will also have some bigger bodies in the middle with Nick Nordmark and Briton Thompson bringing some much needed muscle.

That will key DL’s rebounding, in which is a focal point for Flint.

“Rebounding will be a big deal for us, we are not overly athletic to out-jump opponents,” Flint said. “But we will be playing a lot of guys and will have fresh legs.”

Shooting percentage will also have to be higher than last season, as well as putting a cap on turnovers.

“I am comfortable with Jackson handling the ball, but we don’t have many others who handled it much last season,” Flint said.

The Lakers will be contenders in the Mid-State Conference along with Crosby-Ironton, while Thief River Falls returns all its players from a strong team from 2012-13.

Sartell is the defending section champion, while Fergus Falls is also a contender.

“The section is wide open this season,” Flint included.

The Lakers will open the season with back-to-back games Friday and Saturday at home against Bemidji and East Grand Forks, both games starting at 7:30 p.m.

The 2013-14 Detroit Lakes boys’ basketball schedule:

November

22 Bemidji

23 East Grand Forks

December

3 at Staples-Motley

6 at Crosby-Ironton

10 at Wadena-Deer Creek

13 Pequot Lakes

17 at Thief River Falls

20 Alexandria

27 at Zimmerman

January

3 at Park Rapids

4 Fergus Falls

9 Staples-Motley

14 at Bemidji

17 Crosby-Ironton

21 at Pequot Lakes

24 Albany

25 at Little Falls

31 Wadena-Deer Creek

February

1 at Perham

6 Dilworth-G-F

7 Park Rapids

11 Thief River Falls

13 at Hawley

15 Grand Rapids

18 Moorhead

22 at Alexandria

25 Section quarters

March

1 Section semi’s at SCSU

6 Section finals at MSUM

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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