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Poor shooting dooms Laker boy cagers in season opener

A trio of consecutive three pointers early in the second half was enough of a lift for the home team Crosby-Ironton boys' basketball team to pull off a 52-45 season-opening victory over Detroit Lakes Friday.

The Rangers sunk three treys to widen a close 22-20 halftime lead, to bolt out to an 11-point edge. The Lakers would play comeback the rest of the game, at one point pulling to within seven.

But the gas tank went empty on the young Laker squad, who return just one player with significant varsity experience.

The inexperience showed mightily on the offensive side of the court, where the Lakers shot a paltry 28 percent from the floor.

"That was the key, that 28 shooting percentage and those three three's to start the second half," said DL head coach Wade Johnson.

Junior guard Nils Thomsen -- DL's only returner who played varsity last year -- got on a roll with 20 points. Adam Thielen added 11.

The game was the introduction to the new two 18-minute half format, which started this season.

It came at a bad time for the Lakers, who are very inexperienced, Johnson said.

"I don't like it," the DL coach added. "We need to coach our kids because they are young and we need time to do that. Now we basically have only two breaks to do that."

The Lakers will look to rebound Friday in their home opener against Wadena-Deer Creek, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Crosby-Ironton Friday, Dec. 9.

Lakers 20 25 - 45

Rangers 22 30 - 52

DL scoring: Nils Thomsen 20, Adam Thielen 11, Dustin Long 5, Jarrod Griffith 2, Chris Gilson 5, Matt Kensinger 2.

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