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DL Boys Basketball - DL makes it close, but still falls to C-I

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DL Boys Basketball - DL makes it close, but still falls to C-I
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Plenty of improvement was shown by the young Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, but it still resulted in a 68-60 road loss to Crosby-Ironton last Friday.


The Lakers (0-2) struggled once again on defensive rebounding, as the Rangers were able to build an 18-point lead, thanks in part to plenty of put backs on offensive rebounds.

"The guys made mistakes, but hopefully they learned from them," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "But overall, it was much, much improved from our season opener (a loss to Pelican Rapids)."

The Lakers did take better care of the ball, turning it over only 18 times, but were out rebounded in the first half.

"Our goal coming into the game was to limit our turnovers to 17, so we were one off," Flint said. "You do have turnovers by playing as fast as we do, but we were able to limit them."

Laker senior guard Kirk McLeod was DL's main offensive weapon, as he finished with 22 points, while sophomore forwards Sam Champa and Ryan Cihak each had 10 points.

McLeod was able to penetrate the lane against C-I's 1-3-1 zone to create some shooting space or find an open teammate.

The Lakers showed some comeback ability by shaving the Rangers' 18-point lead down to four with four minutes left in regulation.

But a couple of untimely turnovers swung the momentum back to C-I, which improved to 1-1 on the season.

"The guys showed they can battle back and hold their composure," Flint said.

The Lakers were still without senior guard Derek Long, who is expected to return in the next couple of games.

"Derek will more than likely be our leading rebounder and scorer, so he will help open up guys like Kirk," Flint said. "He is a very capable inside-out shooter, so it will be nice to get him back."

The Lakers will host Pequot Lakes (2-1) Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Crosby-Ironton, Friday, Dec. 7.

Rangers 68, Lakers 60

DL scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts): Kirk McLeod 6-3-1-7-22; Austin Eiter 1-0-0-0-2; Nick Groth 1-0-2-4-4; Karter Smith 1-0-0-0-2; Jackson Lyngaas 1-1-0-0-5; Nolan Singer 0-0-0-1-0; Christian Hedstrom 2-0-2-2-6; Ryan Cihak 2-0-6-8-10; Sam Champa 4-0-2-2-10. TOTAL: 18-4-13-24-60.

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