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DL cagers go 1-2 in three-game stretch

Having a young and inexperienced team starting night in and night out will bring some lessons to be learned.

For the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team, a few chapters are being learned after a recent 1-2 record in a three-game stretch, dropping DL to 6-10 overall and 4-3 in the Mid-State Conference.

The Lakers lost to Section 8-3A leading Fergus Falls Tuesday inside Ralph Anderson Gym, 69-56. The loss came on the heels of a narrow 51-50 victory in Little Falls Saturday, which followed a 54-47 defeat in Wadena-Deer Creek Friday.

Tuesday against the Otters, defense -- or lack there of -- was the factor. The Lakers were outrebounded by a 38-15 margin, while allowing 36 points inside the paint, to FF's 20.

"We didn't defend too well," said DL head coach Wade Johnson of Tuesday's loss. "You have to give Fergus Falls credit, I thought they shot the ball very well. We can't afford to be in foul trouble, turn the ball over and play at that pace and expect to win."

The Otters were accurate from the floor, shooting 57.1 percent from the field to the Lakers' 37.7. Nick Lewis led the way with 24 points for FF, while Carl Hauser added 16 and Andrew Larson netted a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lakers' top two leading scorers again saw some big points, as Nils Thomsen had 24 and Adam Thielen 18. Thomsen led DL in rebounding with four.

The Lakers would finally be on the right side of a close contest Saturday, as they narrowly defeated Little Falls 51-50. The Lakers held a 26-19 edge at halftime, and staved off a Flyer second-half comeback in which they outscored the Red 31-25.

"I was very pleased with the performance and effort of our players," Johnson said. "This was a great win against a quality Central Lakes Conference team."

Neither team shot the exceptionally well, with DL hitting 38.3 percent of its shots and Little Falls 41.9. DL survived losing the board game by a 32-17 edge in rebounding.

Thielen led the way offensively with 18 points, and added six rebounds, while Thomsen had 14 points and Jarod Griffith also hit double digits with 10. Forward Marly Simmons hauled in six rebounds.

Phil Hochsprung led the Flyers with 15 points and had seven boards.

Free throws were the deciding factor in the 54-47 loss in W-DC Friday, as DL went 3-10 and the Wolverines 12-13 from the charity stripe. The Lakers also had 10 turnovers to W-DC's two, to turn the tide the home team's way.

DL's three-point shooting kept them in the game, as the Lakers went 8-15 from beyond the arc.

"The kids played well, but we missed opportunities to win at the free throw line," Johnson said. "Give credit to W-DC, they played well."

Thomsen netted 18 points and Thielen 15, while Simmons had five rebounds. For W-DC, Nolan Buresh and Steve Miley each had 10 points.

Laker results

Fergus Falls at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Otters 27 42 - 69

Lakers 21 35 - 56

DL: Nils Thomsen 24, Adam Thielen 18, Jared Buschette 5, Reed Oistad 5, Chris Gilson 3, Marly Simmons 1.

FF: Nick Lewis 24, Carl Hauser 16, Andrew Larson 10, Alex Morstad 6, Carl Carpenter 4, Dallas Anderson 4, Curtis Sandahl 3, Nick Fogard 2.

Detroit Lakes at Little Falls, Saturday, Feb. 4.

Lakers 26 25 - 51

Flyers 19 31 - 50

DL: Adam Thielen 18, Nils Thomsen 14, Jarod Griffith 10, Marly Simmons 6, Jared Buschette 3.

LF: Phil Hochsprung 15, Will Kornbaum 10, Dustin Parker 7, Josh Flavin 6, John Primus 4, Tom Dunlap 3, Eric Bell 2, Sheff Goodrich 2, Nick Erdrich 1.

Detroit Lakes at Wadena-Deer Creek, Friday, Feb. 3.

Lakers 32 15 - 47

Wolverines 39 15 - 54

DL: Thomsen 18, Thielen 15, Griffith 6, Simmons 3, Dustin Long 3, Chris Gilson 2.

WDC: Nolan Buresh 10, Steve Miley 10, Brent Malone 8, Nate Richter 6, Dan Lepper 6, Erik Johannes 6, Dustin Syverson 5.

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