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Scoring comes at a premium in DL's loss to Lumberjacks

The Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team pulled off one of its better defensive performances of the season, but it still wasn't enough. The No. 3 seeded Bemidji Lumberjacks ended the No. 6 Lakers' season 55-44 in the Section 8-3A playoffs Tuesday.

The Lakers couldn't start things offensively, as the Lumberjacks crowded the lane to limit DL's higher-percentage shots.

"We played good defense, holding a team like Bemidji to 55 points," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "But we were not patient offensively. We would get the ball downcourt and take the first shot right away and not try and work the ball in."

The Lakers' lack of patience showed in the assist column, with only seven total as a team.

The Lakers kept pace with the Lumberjacks in the first half, trailing 26-19, but couldn't put together a rally in the second half to cut the margin down.

Point guard Connor Hedstrom led DL in scoring with 12 points, including a pair of three pointers, while Laker leading scorer Josh Stalberger was held in check with nine points, but also had eight rebounds.

Sophomore guard Joe Mollberg contributed nine points.

Brian Labat led the way in rebounding for the Lakers with nine, including four offensive boards.

The Lumberjacks had spread out scoring, with junior guard Ryan Rude leading the way with 14 points, followed by guard Carey Woods' 12 and Josh Kane's nine.

The Lakers finished with a 12-15 record for the 2009-10 season.

The Section 8-3A final four (which was played Saturday at St. Cloud State University) included No. 1 Rocori facing No. 4 St. Cloud Apollo and No. 2 Little Falls versus Bemidji.

The finals are Thursday at SCSU, starting at 5 p.m.

Lakers dispose of Prowlers in season finale

The visiting Lakers downed Thief River Falls 73-60 March 5, behind an impressive 24-30 outing at the free throw line.

Mollberg led all scorers with 20 points, while Labat added 13 and Tyler Fode 11.

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