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DL Boys Basketball - Aggressive Lakers down Patriots

Nick Groth drives the floor earlier this season for the Lakers. Detroit Lakes defeated Pequot Lakes in Mid-State Conference action Tuesday. Brian Basham/Record

Being aggressive in the paint usually means a trip to the free throw line. Such was the case for the Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team in its 59-49 road win Tuesday in Pequot Lakes. The Laker guards made effective penetrating drives to the bucket, which forced the Patriot defense to either allow an easy bucket or a foul. In most cases, it resulted in a foul.

DL went 19-35 from the charity stripe, compared to Pequot Lakes' 5-8, which was a glaring difference in the Lakers' 10-point win.

"The guys did a good job hitting the rolling man off the screen and were aggressive offensively," said DL head coach Robb Flint. "They didn't shy away from contact on the transition game and that usually meant a trip to the free throw line.

"We didn't shoot as well from the line as I wanted, but it was still nice getting there for points."

The Lakers also were led by their top two leading scorers in senior guards Kirk McLeod and Derek Long, who went for 22 and 16 points, respectively.

"We are still looking for someone to consistently step up as our third scorer, but that's what you get with a very young team, just some inconsistent scoring," Flint said.

DL led 29-24 at halftime but had a hard time containing senior forward Jordan Redmond, who laid 14 points on them in the first half alone.

But the defensive pressure picked up and Redmond was limited to no field goals in the second half, though he went 5-11 from the free throw line.

"We played much better defense in the second half and contested their three's better," Flint said.

The sealing point of the game came towards the latter half of the period, when the Lakers padded a nine-point lead with a patient offense and passing, which ate up 1:30 and resulted in a pair of free throws made.

Long led the way with nine rebounds as well, and the team didn't allow many easy transitions points to get by the board.

The Lakers (6-7) played in East Grand Forks (6-7) Thursday and Little Falls (9-4) at home Saturday.

They will play a road Mid-State Conference game in Wadena-Deer Creek (4-9) Friday, Feb. 1, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Pequot Lakes, Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Lakers 29 30 - 59

Patriots 24 25 - 49

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts)

Detroit Lakes:

Kirk McLeod 8-0-6-8-22

Jackson Lyngaas 1-0-2-2-4

Ryan Cihak 0-0-4-6-4

Derek Long 2-2-6-13-16

Sam Champa 1-0-0-0-2

Austin Eiter 3-0-0-0-6

Nick Groth 0-0-1-4-1

Christian Hedstrom 2-0-0-2-4

TOTAL: 17-2-19-35-59.

Pequot Lakes:

Brett Peterson 0-2-0-2-6

John Craig 0-2-3-4-9

Wes Mumm 2-0-0-0-4

Jordan Redmond 7-0-5-11-19

Tyler Tappe 2-1-0-0-7

Kevin Beltz 2-0-0-0-4

TOTAL: 13-5-8-17-49

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