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Last minute shot sinks DL

Brian Labat puts up a shot against the Thunder Wednesday. (Brian Basham/Record)1 / 3
Senior Connor McCleod drives the baseline during the first half of Wednesday's game. (Brian Basham/Record)2 / 3
Laker junior Rick Hutchinson (15) takes a shot against Zimmerman Wednesday night in Ralph Anderson Gym. The Lakers lost to the Thunder 49-46 on a last minute three-pointer. (Brian Basham/Record)3 / 3

A last-second three point shot cost the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team a second victory in its home holiday tournament Wednesday, as the visiting Zimmerman Thunder topped the Lakers 49-46.

It was a low-scoring night for the Lakers, who had been averaging about 70 points a game.

"They did a good job of slowing us down," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "They defended us well."

Unfortunately, the Lakers themselves lended an assist in that department, with 26 turnovers in the game.

"We didn't do a very good job of taking care of the basketball," Flint said. "With 26 turnovers, that's just too many missed opportunities."

The game looked like it was going to be a shootout in the early minutes of the first quarter, as both teams were trading shots fast and furious.

"It started off really hot, the score was 15-14 after the first three minutes of the game," Flint said. "I bet each team scored on its first three possessions. I thought the (final) score was going to be 90-95 -- but it didn't turn out that way."

Instead, both teams' shotmakers went cold.

"It was just a grind all night to get baskets," said the Laker coach.

Junior guard Joe Mollberg was the lone Laker with a hot hand on Wednesday, finishing with 25 points.

The team's second leading scorer was senior post Josh Stalberger, who had just 6 points in his first game back from an injury.

"Besides Joe, we only had two field goals in the second half," Flint said. "No one else could put it in the basket."

Mollberg did have some help in other areas though. Brian Labat and Rick Hutchinson were each credited with three assists in the game, and Labat also finished with 8 rebounds (Mollberg had 8 rebounds as well).

Despite the low score, the Lakers managed to bring the game to a dramatic climax, pulling back from a 10-point deficit to tie the score with just one minute left on the clock.

"They (Zimmerman) held out for the last shot, and gave the ball to their best scorer," Flint said. "He ended up taking a deep three -- I didn't think it would go in, but it did."

The loss puts the Lakers at 6-2 on the season, while Zimmerman rises to 7-1.

The next game for DL will be Friday at home, against Park Rapids Area. Start time is 7:30 p.m.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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