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Laker freshman Joe Mollberg (4) leans in for an inside shot against Crosby-Ironton Friday night in Ralph Anderson Gym. He missed the bucket on the play but was fouled in the act of shooting. (Brian Basham/Tribune)

Detroit Lakes turns game over to Crosby-Ironton

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A good week's worth of practice didn't translate well for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team in Friday's 64-54 loss to visiting Crosby-Ironton.

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The Lakers committed 26 turnovers -- 16 in the first half -- while the Rangers were also propelled by 20 second half points by junior Mark Hoge, as C-I cruised to the victory.

"We didn't take care of the ball," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "We worked on that in practice by having 10 B-teamers defend (the varsity) and our guys were able to break that press.

"I don't know if they didn't come out ready to play, maybe it was their inexperience, but they just couldn't catch a pass."

DL had a golden opportunity to set the tone early, as the Rangers came out playing a bit sloppy. The Lakers didn't allow a C-I basket until the 14:54 mark in the first half, but could only build a 5-0 lead in that span.

"I thought we played good defense in the first half, but we gave them up to 15 points on layups from our turnovers," Flint said.

The Rangers used an effective full-court press to rattle the Lakers into several unforced turnovers, which kept the game close through to the second half.

DL tied the game 26-26 on a three pointer by senior point guard Mike Beeson, but C-I answered with a 6-2 run before halftime -- keyed by a three by Matthew Hurdrlik -- for a 32-28 margin.

The Rangers set the tone on the first shot of the second half, a three by Brock Tesdahl.

C-I kept hoisting up three's the rest of the second half, with Tesdahl sinking four to key his 17 points.

But the real damage came on Hoge's 20 second half points, as he finished with 26 total on the night.

"The guys were concentrating too much on taking care of the ball and lost focus on defense," Flint said.

The Rangers lived by the three, making 12 of them, while going 15-21 from the free throw line and having 11 two-point field goals.

Hoge's three at the 10:58 mark in the second half gave C-I its largest lead at 51-37.

The Lakers made a couple heaves at the lead, cutting it to 58-52 and capping a 10-5 run on a jumper by Joe Mollberg with 3:28 remaining in regulation.

But Hoge drained a shot on the next series, followed by a Laker turnover and two more free throws by the C-I junior, to put the margin back to 62-54 and out of reach.

The Lakers had eight different scorers, led by Mollberg's 15 points and senior guard Max Knoll's 11.

Mollberg had to leave the game around the three-minute mark after colliding with a teammate and cracking his nose.

Senior Reed Oistad had 11 rebounds, while Mollberg had nine, and Josh Stalberger and Beeson each had eight.

Oistad also finished the game with six assists and 10 points.

"We need some guys to step up and no one did tonight," Flint said. "Max Knoll did play well, with 11 points and no turnovers, and Alex Guetter had six points and played well.

"We'll be doing a lot of fundamental drills in practice and working on passing and catching."

The Lakers (0-2) will host Staples-Motley Tuesday for a Mid-State Conference showdown.

Laker results

Crosby-Ironton at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Dec. 12.

Rangers 32 32 - 64

Lakers 28 26 - 54

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts)

DL: M. Knoll 5-0-1-2-11; Joe Mollberg 5-0-5-7-15; T. Fode 0-1-0-0-3; M. Beeson 1-1-0-0-5; R. Oistad 2-2-0-0-10; J. Stalberger 1-0-0-0-2; A. Guetter 3-0-0-0-6; Z. Kotschevar 0-0-2-2-2. Total: 17-4-8-11-54.

CI: M. Hudrlik 1-3-0-1-11; T. Dickie 1-0-3-4-5; M. Hoge 7-2-6-9-26; S. Baker 1-0-3-4-5; B. Tesdahl 1-4-3-3-17. Team: 11-12-15-21-64.

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