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Boys Basketball: Lakers swat Bemidji, fall to East Grand Forks

Corbin Duncan (4) and Christian Hedstrom (5) of the Lakers fight for a loose ball with a Lumberjack player. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

It didn’t take long for the Detroit Lakes boys’ basketball team to get reacquainted with the basket inside Ralph Anderson Gym, after they exploded for an 89-53 win over visiting Bemidji Friday night for both teams’ season opener.

In fact, it didn’t take any time for the Lakers to introduce their first scoring barrage of the season, which allowed them to jump to a 14-0 lead to start the game.

“We were able to push the floor early on and make a lot of high percentage shots through our transition game,” said DL head coach Robb Flint. “We had good, spread out scoring with four guys’ scores into double figures.”

Junior guard Ryan Cihak found many clear paths to the basket to lead the Lakers with 19 points, while Trey Lyngaas found success inside, with 15 points off of seven field goals.

Other top scorers included juniors Christian Hedstrom with 12 points and Jackson Lyngaas, also with 12.

Hedstrom also helped start the transition game with a team-high eight rebounds, as the Lakers gobbled up a total of 37 boards to Bemidji’s 22.

“Good rebounding started everything for us, and the guys had good outlet passes to start the transition,” Flint said.

The Lakers cooled off a bit Saturday in a 62-51 loss to East Grand Forks.

The Green Wave extended a one-point halftime lead to six points, before they were able to control the boards and sink three consecutive treys to widen the gap.

EGF was able to outrebound the Lakers 34-23.

DL’s perimeter three-point shooting was cold after going 5-21, while going 14-30 from two-point range.

“We just didn’t play as well Saturday as we did Friday,” Flint said.

Corbin Duncan led the Lakers with 13 points, going 5-8 from the floor, while Jackson Lyngaas was 3-9 from three-point range to key his 11 points.

The Lakers were 8-12 from the free throw line, which showed the lack of aggression penetrating the lane.

“We needed to be more aggressive going to the rim, that’s why we only ended up with 12 free throws,” the DL coach said.

The Lakers (1-1) will open Mid-State Conference play Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Staples-Motley, starting at 7:15 p.m.

East Grand Forks at Detroit Lakes, Saturday, Nov. 23

Green Wave    62

Lakers            51

DL scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts): Corbin Duncan 5-0-3-4-13; Jackson Lyngaas 0-3-2-4-11; Trey Lyngaas 2-0-0-1-4; Sam Champa 3-0-2-2-8; Ben Hokanson 3-0-0-0-6; Ryan Cihak 1-2-1-1-9. TOTAL: 14-5-8-12-51

DL stats (reb-asst-stl): Connor Johnson 0-0-1; Duncan 2-6-0; Christian Hedstrom 3-0-1; J. Lyngaas 3-0-1; Nick Nordmark 0-0-1; T. Lyngaas 6-1-0; Champa 5-0-0; Hokanson 2-2-1; Cihak 2-5-3. TOTAL: 23-14-8

Bemidji at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Nov. 22

Lumberjacks  29 24 – 53

Lakers           51 38 – 89

DL scoring: Johnson 2-1-0-0-7; Duncan 2-0-0-2-4; Hedstrom 6-0-1-1-13; J. Lyngaas 5-0-2-2-12; Ben Mallow 2-0-0-0-4; Nordmark 3-0-2-2-8; T. Lyngaas 7-0-1-2-15; Hokanson 1-0-1-3-3; Cihak 5-2-3-3-19; Sam Priem 1-0-2-2-4. TOTALS: 34-3-12-17-89

DL stats: Johnson 2-3-1; Duncan 0-4-1; Hedstrom 8-1-2; J. Lyngaas 5-3-0; Austin Dodd 0-4-0; Mallow 2-0-1; Nordmark 4-0-0; T. Lyngaas 3-1-0; Champa 3-0-0; Hokanson 6-3-0; Cihak 3-5-3; Briton Thompson 1-1-0; Priem 0-0-1. TOTALS: 37-25-9

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