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Lakers can't handle Fergus Falls' Millard

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Lakers can't handle Fergus Falls' Millard
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Second chances doomed the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, as they fell in Fergus Falls 75-50 Thursday.

Otter senior post Mike Millard scored 28 points, the majority coming on offensive rebounds, while junior guard Austin Rund netted 18 points from the perimeter.

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"We knew we had to definitely hold Millard down, but he scored most of his points on his own put-backs," said DL head coach Robb Flint.

"When he has second chances at scoring, he won't miss that too much."

The Lakers (3-5) struggled early by committing seven turnovers in the first three minutes of play, but settled in and only had eight total by halftime, when they trailed 37-39.

DL was able to snip the deficit down to five points with 10 minutes left in the game, but the Otters (6-4) started going inside to Millard, who scored 14 points in the second half.

Laker junior guard Jackson Lyngaas paced the team from the three-point arc in the first half, after sinking five, to lead DL with a total of 17 points.

Senior guards Derek Long added 11 points and Kirk McLeod 12.

"When we can't force turnovers to help get out and run the floor, we have a hard time scoring points," Flint said.

"We just need to continue to improve and start developing a third, fourth and fifth option in scoring, besides Derek and Kirk."

The Lakers hosted Park Rapids (3-6) Friday and will host Staples-Motley (4-3) Thursday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Fergus Falls, Thursday, Jan. 3.

Lakers 29 21 - 50

Otters 37 38 - 75

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- DL: Kirk McLeod 3-2-0-0-12; Jackson Lyngaas 1-5-0-0-17; Christian Hedstrom 1-0-1-1-3; Derek Long 3-1-2-6-11; Austin Eiter 1-0-2-4-4; Ryan Cihak 0-0-1-2-1; Sam Champa 1-0-0-2-2. TOTAL: 10-8-6-17-50.

FF: R. Johnson 6-0-0-0-12; M. Millard 10-0-8-12-28; D. Pearson 0-4-0-1-2-13; I. Lemke 1-0-0-1-2; A. Rund 4-3-1-1-18; J. Oaworski 1-0-0-2-2; C. Brew 0-0-0-2-0. TOTAL: 22-7-10-19-75.

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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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