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Boys Basketball: Cihak goes off on Pats to pace DL to Mid-State win

Ben Hokanson (40) goes up strong against Pequot Lakes’ Travis Jacobson Friday in the Lakers’ 67-50 win. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham1 / 2
Laker Jackson Lyngaas receives a face full of a Pequot Lakes defender’s arm while going up for a shot Friday. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham2 / 2

A tight Mid-State Conference game quickly turned into a blowout after Detroit Lakes junior guard Ryan Cihak dialed into the zone in the Lakers’ Friday night game against visiting Pequot Lakes, earning the Lakers a 67-50 victory.

Cihak unleashed an unstoppable wave of shots on the Patriots midway through the second half, as the Lakers ran away with the win.

Not only did the Laker guard direct DL to victory, he broke a team record with seven three pointers made, keyed by a 5-for-6 performance in the second half alone.

“It was fun to watch,” said DL head coach Robb Flint. “The guys did a great job finding him and getting him the ball. It started with the defensive play, because we were able to turn the ball over and keep them out of position.”

Cihak literally couldn’t be stopped from anywhere on the floor, after DL took its first lead of the game at the 10:03 mark of the second half when a turnover in the open court by junior Christian Hedstrom put his team up 43-41.

Up to that point, the Patriots (3-2) led the entire way, including a 37-30 halftime lead.

After Hedstrom’s easy lay-in, Cihak kept his assault on the bucket, starting with back-to-back three’s, followed by another jump shot and trey for 11 consecutive points.

Junior guard Connor Johnson snapped Cihak’s streak, but he started another one with another three to put DL firmly in control, 59-43.

Cihak capped his scoring with two more jumpers with a hand in face to finish with a season-high 28 points.

During his scoring barrage, Cihak accounted for 18 of DL’s 22 points in the team’s 22-7 run.

Laker senior guard Jackson Lyngaas finished with 12 points.

The Lakers (4-2) followed Friday’s win up with a 63-48 thumping of Thief River Falls Tuesday for a big Section 8-3A victory.

This time, much of the damage came at the free throw line, specifically from Lyngaas, who went 16-18 to key his game-high 27 points.

“Jackson did a good job attacking the rim and putting pressure on their defense,” Flint said.

“He made most of his free throws at the end of the game to seal the win.”

The Lakers shot 78 percent from the free throw line, while holding a normally potent Thief River Falls team 48 points, after the Prowlers (3-3) have averaged 71 ppg.

Cihak also had a nice game offensively with 21 points, while holding TRF’s leading scorer Jacob Joppru to 14 points.

The Lakers also dominated the glass with a 31-14 edge in rebounds.

DL will next host Alexandria (3-3) Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.                  

Detroit Lakes at Thief River Falls, Tuesday, Dec. 17

Lakers      36 27 – 63

Prowlers   19 29 – 48

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) – DL: Corbin Duncan 0-0-1-2-1; Christian Hedstrom 0-1-1-2-4; Jackson Lyngaas 4-1-16-18-27; Trey Lyngaas 1-0-2-2-4; Sam Champa 3-0-0-3-6; Ryan Cihak 2-3-8-9-21. TOTALS: 10-5-28-36-63 

Pequot Lakes at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Dec. 13

Patriots       37 13 – 50

Lakers        30 37 – 67          

Scoring – DETROIT LAKES: Connor Johnson 2, Corbin Duncan 4, Christian Hedstrom 2, Jackson Lyngaas 12, Nick Nordmark 1, Trey Lyngaas 9, Sam Champa 7, Ryan Cihak 28, Ben Hokanson 2. PEQUOT LAKES: Connor Davich 4, Jack Kreitz 8, Brett Peterson 5, John Craig 7, Tyler Tappe 6, Travis Jacobson 15, Hunter Larson 3.

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