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Lakers boys' basketball suffers loss to Little Falls

The first half of the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team's season opener against Section 8-3A defending champion Little Falls was setting up to be a nice upset for the Lakers -- until the second half rolled around.

The Flyers quickly erased a 34-31 halftime deficit to outscore the visiting Lakers by a 39-14 margin in the second half, for the eventual 70-48 victory.

Little Falls' forward Dan Kornbaum poured in 30 points, with all but two coming from within the paint.

"We were really knocking down the shots in the first half," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "We also protected the ball well with four turnovers."

DL outpaced the Flyers from the perimeter by sinking 7 of 8 three pointers, including four by junior Connor Hedstrom, who finished with a team-high 14 points.

But the pace which the Lakers were on in the first half eventually caught up with them, since DL was playing with a short bench.

Sophomore Joe Mollberg, who has been suffering from a back injury, also played limited minutes.

"I knew with the pace we were playing, we would be tired later in the game," Flint said. "Little Falls really picked up their defense in the second half and we started getting tired legs, which resulted in missed shots and more turnovers."

DL more than doubled its turnovers from the first half with 11 in the second, while being limited to one three pointer and three field goals -- all coming from senior forward Alex Guetter.

Kornbaum owned the paint with his 30 points, 10 of which came by going 10-13 from the free throw line. The big forward also recorded nine blocks in the game.

"He is a talented ball player," Flint said of Kornbaum.

The Lakers saw some playing time from Mollberg, who had just two practices underneath his belt heading into the game because of his injury.

Mollberg's prognosis will still be day-to-day, but it looks like he is slowly getting back to 100 percent.

"He was a little sore after the game, but we'll monitor him to make sure he's ready to go," the DL coach added.

With Little Falls being a favorite again this year in the section, the first half success was encouraging for Flint.

"I was happy to see how hard the players went, and they took care of the ball in the first half," he added.

The Lakers (0-1) will face Crosby-Ironton Friday inside Ralph Anderson Gym. The Minnesota Timberwolves' mascot Crunch will also be in attendance. He will be signing autographs before the game and performing during halftime.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Little Falls, Friday, Dec. 4.

Lakers 34 14 - 48

Flyers 31 39 - 70

Game stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- DL: Connor Hedstrom 0-4-2-4-14; Joe Mollberg 1-0-4-4-6; Tyler Fode 1-2-2-10; Connor McLeod 0-1-0-0-3; Jon Gilson 1-0-0-0-2; Rick Hutchinson 0-0-0-2-0; Mark Labat 0-0-1-2-1; Tanner Twigg 0-1-0-0-3; Alex Guetter 3-0-1-4-7. Team: 6-8-10-18-48.

LF: Alex Scott 1-2-0-0-8; Zach Horejsi 2-0-0-2-4; Mic Wetzel 0-0-0-2-0; Grant Bell 1-0-2-2-4; Matt Hanowski 2-0-0-0-4; Mitch Dorn 0-0-2-2-2; Josh Wenzel 1-2-3-5-11; Dan Kornbaum 10-0-10-13-30; Ethan Mustonen 3-0-0-0-6. Team: 20-4-18-26-70.