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Detroit Lakes, Minn., High School seniors Brian Labat, left, and Joe Mollberg share an emotional hug following Thursday night's Section 8-3A championship in Moorhead. The Lakers beat the Fergus Falls Otters 44-41 to advance to the state tournament next Wednesday in Minneapolis. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers

Detroit Lakes clinches first boys bb state tourney berth since 1918

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MOORHEAD - Joe Mollberg wasn't going to let the Detroit Lakes' state tournament drought get any closer to the century mark.

The Lakers senior drained two foul shots with nine seconds remaining Thursday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. Those points helped clinch the Lakers' 44-41 victory against Fergus Falls for the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 boys basketball championship.

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The Lakers (22-7) earned their first spot in the state tournament since 1918, ending a 94-year absence.

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