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Boys Basketball: Well-balanced scoring pacing Lakers

Laker post Trey Lyngaas gets a shot off against Perham Saturday evening. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Bob Williams

A busy weekend produced two wins and one loss for the Detroit Lakes boys’ basketball team, which also enforced the notion the Lakers have a well-spread out scoring attack.

In the three games, DL had three separate leading scorers, which resulted in wins over Mid-State Conference foes Park Rapids (12-6) by the score of 66-61 Thursday, and Wadena-Deer Creek (3-17) Friday, 82-35.

The Lakers (12-6) slipped up on the road in a non-conference and non-section loss to Perham (14-5) 63-49.

But not before DL picked up head coach Robb Flint’s 100th career victory Friday.

“It’s been fun,” Flint said of his 6.5 years as Laker head coach. “Obviously, though, it’s due to the good players and kids, along with a dedicated coaching staff. It’s very time consuming and the coaches here have done a great job.

“This group here now has put in a ton of time on their games and it’s showing.”

Three different Lakers led the way in scoring, with junior center Ben Hokanson notching a season-high 21 points against Park Rapids, while junior guard Christian Hedstrom had 21 against the Wolverines and senior Jackson Lyngaas led the way versus Perham with 18.

“We have a pretty balanced offense, with nine or 10 guys who can score,” Flint said. “It’s hard for opponents to scout us because of that. We just run our offense and if there is a hot hand, we’ll try and keep looking for him.”

The Lakers are shooting an impressive 51-percent from two-point land, along with 31-percent from beyond the three-point arc.

But they used a 20-27 performance from the free throw line to upend Park Rapids last Thursday.

Hokanson hurt the Panthers from the paint with eight buckets, while hauling in 10 rebounds for a double-double.

He also went 5-5 from the free throw line, while junior Corbin Duncan added 11 points.

The Lakers built a 39-27 halftime lead against W-DC, then shut them out in the second half by outscoring the visitors by a 43-8 margin.

Hedstrom was dialed in from the three-point range with five to lead the way with 21 points, while Lyngaas had 10 points.

A slow start in Perham Saturday dug the Lakers a hole they couldn’t recover from, as the Yellowjackets stormed out in the first half for a 31-14 halftime advantage.

“We started poorly with eight turnovers and two missed layups,” Flint said. “Once we were able to regroup after halftime, the guys played more aggressive and were able to score.”

But the Yellowjackets’ lead was too wide, as Lyngaas and junior Ryan Cihak each had a trio of three’s.

DL stands as the fifth or sixth seed in the Section 8-3A playoffs, with the biggest damage coming from their 2-3 section record.

“We still control our own destiny for getting a better seed if we can beat Thief River Falls (Feb. 11) and Alexandria (Feb. 22),” Flint said.

The Lakers will continue their busy schedule, due to facing postponements from earlier in January.

They will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (6-11) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Park Rapids Friday for a DL doubleheader, with the girls’ basketball team starting at 6:15 p.m.

The Lakers will also travel to Staples-Motley Monday, as well.    

Detroit Lakes at Perham, Saturday, Feb. 1

Lakers            14 35 – 49

Yellowjackets 31 32 – 63

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) - DL: Connor Johnson 1-1-0-0-5; Corbin Duncan 0-0-1-4-1; Christian Hedstrom 0-2-1-2-7; Jackson Lyngaas 6-1-3-4-18; Sam Champa 1-0-1-2-3; Ben Hokanson 3-0-0-0-6; Ryan Cihak 0-2-3-7-9; Sam Priem 0-0-0-1-0. TOTALS: 11-6-9-20-49

Detroit Lakes at Wadena-Deer Creek, Friday, Jan. 31

Lakers         39 43 – 82

Wolverines  27  8  - 35

Scoring – DL: Johnson 2-0-5-5-9; Duncan 2-0-1-2-5; Hedstrom 3-5-0-0-21; J. Lyngaas 2-1-3-4-10; Nick Nordmark 3-0-0-0-6; Trey Lyngaas 4-0-0-0-8; CJ Manning 0-1-2-2-5; Champa 1-0-0-0-2; Hokanson 2-0-0-1-4; Cihak 2-1-0-0-7; Briton Thompson 2-0-1-4-5. TOTALS: 23-8-12-18-82

Detroit Lakes at Park Rapids, Thursday, Jan. 30

Lakers      34 32 – 66

Panthers  33 28 – 61

Scoring – DL: Johnson 0-0-2-2-2; Duncan 4-1-0-0-11; Hedstrom 1-0-4-4-6; J. Lyngaas 1-0-7-9-9; T. Lyngaas 2-0-1-2-5; Manning 0-1-1-2-4; Champa 1-0-0-0-2; Hokanson 8-0-5-5-21; Cihak 0-2-0-3-6. TOTALS: 17-4-20-27-66

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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.