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DL Boys Basketball - Rangers have big 2nd half in win over DL

Laker Sam Champa (23) fights for a rebound with Crosby-Ironton's Riley Jacobs (34) during Thursday's home game, which the Rangers won 80-59. Brian Wierima/Record1 / 2
Austin Eiter (40) tries to pry the ball loose from Crosby-Ironton's Daniel Hudrlik in Thursday's home Mid-State game. Brian Wierima/Record2 / 2

A second-half explosion of offense for the visiting Crosby-Ironton boys' basketball team keyed its 80-59 Mid-State Conference victory over host Detroit Lakes Thursday.

The Rangers ran away in the second half after trailing 37-31 at halftime, reeling off 49 points, with a good amount of those coming off their transition game.

"They had a lot of transition points, mostly because we were really crashing the boards," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "We needed to get those rebounds, but when they got loose, they did a good job of leaking out and hitting their outlet pass."

Sophomore center Daniel Hudrlik also did a good job of keeping the Lakers from getting the ball inside for higher percentage shots.

The Rangers passed well, finding Hudrlik inside, as he led all scorers with 19 points.

"He's an athletic player," Flint said. "We also did not do a good enough job of finishing off our shots, because we did have some open opportunities otherwise."

The Lakers were able to cut the C-I lead to one point near the 12:00 mark in the second half, but a Hudrlik lay-in, followed by a Laker turnover and a three-pointer by Riley Jacobs, quickly set the tone for the rest of the game.

"That's when the wheels fell off for us," Flint said of the two-minute stretch.

The Lakers had 14 turnovers and shot 35-percent from the floor, led by senior guard Derek Long with 16 points.

Sophomore guard Ryan Cihak also logged in a good game with 13 points, and Jackson Lyngaas added nine.

"In our loss to Bemidji (Tuesday), I saw a lack of effort and intensity from our guys," Flint said. "Against Crosby-Ironton, that wasn't the case. We just need to get better defensively, because we didn't really make them earn a lot of their buckets."

The Lakers (5-7) will visit Pequot Lakes (5-8) Tuesday for a Mid-State Conference tilt, starting at 7:30 p.m.

They will travel to East Grand Forks (8-5) Thursday, for a 7:30 p.m. start as well.

Laker results

Crosby-Ironton at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Jan. 17.

Rangers 31 49 - 80

Lakers 37 22 - 59

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- DL: Kirk McLeod 1-0-1-2-3; Jackson Lyngaas 3-1-0-0-9; Derek Long 2-2-6-10-16; Ryan Cihak 1-2-5-6-13; Austin Eiter 1-0-1-2-3; Christian Hedstrom 0-2-0-0-6; Sam Champa 2-0-2-2-6; Corbin Duncan 0-1-0-0-3. TOTAL: 10-8-15-22-59.

CI: C. Larson 0-0-1-2-1; W. Goodwin 3-1-3-3-12; D. Kuhlmann 1-0-0-0-2; C. Baker 5-2-4-5-17; B. Tesdahl 2-0-1-3-5; R. Jacobs 3-1-3-3-12; G. Van Horn 3-1-0-0-9; D. Hudrik 8-0-3-4-19. TOTAL 25-5-15-20-80.

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