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Laker boys’ basketball gathers big victories
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There will be one thing for certain for the Detroit Lakes boys’ basketball team this season, and that is they will own at least half of the Mid-State Conference championship.

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The reason being due to a 73-63 win in Staples-Motley Monday, thus guaranteeing a portion of the conference crown with a Mid-State record of 9-1.

Crosby-Ironton still can share the title with its 5-1 mark, but the Rangers have four more conference games yet to play.

“I’m happy for the guys, it’s a goal they’ve been working for all season,” said DL head coach Robb Flint. “It’s nice having won the conference now three out of the last four years.”

The first half was a bit sluggish for the Lakers (16-6) against Staples-Motley (9-13), but DL still led 36-33 by halftime.

But the Laker bench produced again, as sophomore Sam Priem ignited a second half rally with back-to-back three’s to put his team up five points. Priem finished with a season-high nine points.

“With a couple of our guards out, Sam got his chance and he took advantage of it,” Flint said. “But we struggled a bit in the first half as a team and gave up 33 points, which is too many.”

Senior guard Jackson Lyngaas didn’t struggle, shooting for three treys, as well as going 10-15 from the charity stripe for 23 points.

The Lakers shot just 36 percent from the floor and 61 percent (24-38) from the free throw line, two aspects which will need to improve.

Junior forward Trey Lyngaas hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds and scored 12 points for a double-double, while junior guard Christian Hedstrom added 11 points.

The Lakers will have four more games to wrap up the regular season, starting with a road game in Hawley (11-9) Thursday and a home tilt against Grand Rapids (14-7) Saturday, starting at 3 p.m.

DL takes down TRF again

There was more ground taken by the Lakers after their crucial 61-48 win over Thief River Falls Tuesday inside Ralph Anderson Gym.

The win was the Lakers second over the Prowlers (17-4), which is currently one of the frontrunners in Section 8-3A and brings DL’s section record to 3-3 on the season.

Again, the second half proved to be DL’s strength, as they outscored the Prowlers 35-24 after leading 26-24 at halftime.

The Lakers shot 57 percent from three-point territory by going 8-14, with Hedstrom dialed in with four of them. He finished with 22 points, while each of Trey Lyngaas and junior guard Ryan Cihak netting 14 points.

Trey Lyngaas also boarded 12 rebounds, as DL hauled in a total of 31 in the game.  

Lakers throttle Park Rapids by 30

There were 10 different Detroit Lakes’ players who found the scoring column in the Lakers’ 83-53 drubbing of visiting Park Rapids Friday evening.

The Lakers (14-6) were hitting from all over the floor, with virtually all their players striking for points, as DL outscored the Panthers (13-7) 42-28 in the second half alone.

“We just have a bunch of guys who can score,” Flint said. “With Park Rapids being so athletic, we decided to start four guards against them. Our guards did a very good job passing and finding the open shooter.”

It didn’t take long for the Lakers to build a commanding lead, either.

DL trailed once by the score of 7-6 early on, but from there went on a 15-4 run for the 22-11 advantage.

The Panthers were able to clip the lead down to six points 24-20 with some effective perimeter shooting, but the Laker’s Connor Johnson drained a nice jumper, followed by a Park Rapids’ turnover and a Sam Champa putback to go back up 28-20.

The DL posts were able to contain the boards and good second-chance points, with Ben Hokanson doing just that to put his team back up by double digits 30-20 with 4:02 left in the first half.

The Lakers continued to pound the ball inside for a 41-25 halftime lead, which was widened to 56-30 by the 15:03 mark in the second half.

“The guys worked extremely hard to get the ball inside,” Flint said.

DL had five players score in double digits, with a trio scoring 13 points in senior guard Jackson Lyngaas, post Trey Lyngaas and junior post Briton Thompson, who had a season high.

Junior guard Ryan Cihak contributed 11 points and Hokanson had 10. Nick Nordmark led with eighth rebounds, as well.

Thief River Falls at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Feb. 11

Prowlers      24 24 – 48

Lakers         26 35 – 61

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) – DL: Christian Hedstrom 1-4-8-9-22; Jackson Lyngaas 1-0-1-2-3; Trey Lyngaas 6-0-2-6-14; Sam Champa 0-0-0-2-0; Ben Hokanson 2-0-1-1-5; Ryan Cihak 1-3-3-4-14; Sam Priem 0-1-0-0-3. TOTALS: 11-8-15-24-61 

Detroit Lakes at Staples-Motley, Monday, Feb. 10

Lakers      36 37 – 73

Cardinals  33 30 – 63

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) – DL: Christian Hedstrom 1-3-0-0-11; Jackson Lyngaas 2-3-19-15-23; Trey Lyngaas 3-0-6-8-12; Sam Champa 1-0-1-2-3; Ben Hokanson 4-0-0-2-8; Ryan Cihak 0-0-7-11-7; Sam Priem 0-3-0-0-9. TOTALS: 11-9-24-38-73.

Park Rapids at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Feb. 7

Panthers            25 28 - 53

Lakers               41 42 – 83

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) - DL: Connor Johnson 3-1-0-0-9;Jackson Lyngaas 4-1-2-2-13; Nick Nordmark 3-0-0-0-6; Trey Lyngaas 6-0-1-1-13; CJ Manning 1-0-0-0-2; Sam Champa 2-0-0-0-4; Ben Hokanson 3-0-4-6-10; Ryan Cihak 3-1-2-3-11; Briton Thompson 6-0-1-2-13; Sam Priem 1-0-0-0-2. TOTALS: 32-3-10-14-83

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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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