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Boys Basketball: Hedstrom’s steal leads to dramatic win

During the fall season, junior Christian Hedstrom picks off passes for the Detroit Lakes football team.

But during the winter season, the Laker guard intercepts open-floor passes and goes coast-to-coast for last-second wins – or at least that’s what Hedstrom did Friday evening.

A perfect defensive read by Hedstrom resulted in an open-court steal and an easy transition layup with just five seconds left in regulation to give the Lakers a dramatic 51-49 Mid-State Conference win over visiting Crosby-Ironton.

“It was a great read by Christian and he jumped the pass, after C-I was trying to stall and send the game into overtime,” said DL head coach Robb Flint.

The Lakers shot 55-percent from the floor, while outrebounding the Rangers 22-20, which was a big difference from the first time the two teams met, where C-I dominated DL 60-39 on Dec. 6.

The Rangers also outrebounded the Lakers by a hefty 14-board margin Dec. 6, but this time, DL limited the Rangers’ leading rebounder junior center Daniel Hudrlik to just two rebounds in the first half.

“We executed so much better this time around and played more physical against them,” Flint said. “The guys are just playing harder and playing better past their fatigue levels.”

The Lakers trailed by seven points with 2:20 remaining in the second half, when guard Corbin Duncan nailed a tough jumper out of a DL timeout.

The defense forced a one-and-out, with junior guard Ryan Cihak draining a three to pull the Lakers to within two points.

Senior guard Jackson Lyngaas found sophomore center Trey Lyngaas for the tying bucket, after Crosby-Ironton was called for a travel in the previous series.

An inadvertent whistle also eliminated what seemed to be a Ranger layup, with the Lakers taking full advantage of it.

The Lakers have four players who also average over nine points or more a game and the win over C-I was no different, as Trey Lyngaas led the way with 15 points and forward Ben Hokanson added 11.

Cihak went for nine points and Hedstrom finished with eight.

The Lakers (9-4) are tied for first in the Mid-State with Park Rapids (10-4) and will host Albany (10-3) Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Lakers finish sweep of Pequot Lakes

The backcourt tag team of Hedstrom and senior Jackson Lyngaas paced the Lakers to a convincing 72-57 victory in Pequot Lakes Tuesday, thus thrusting DL to the top slot in the Mid-State Conference.

Hedstrom sunk four three pointers to key his game-high 20 points, while Jackson Lyngaas’ 15 points complimented his teammate well.

Three other Lakers also hit for double digits in post players Trey Lyngaas and Ben Hokanson, each with 10 points, and guard Ryan Cihak recording 11 points. 

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

Rangers       20 29 - 49

Lakers         25 26 - 51          

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) - DL: Corbin Duncan 2-0-0-0-4; Christian Hedstrom 2-1-1-1-8; Jackson Lyngaas 0-0-2-2-2; Trey Lyngaas 7-0-1-2-15; Sam Champa 1-0-0-4-2; Ben Hokanson 5-0-1-1-11; Ryan Cihak 1-2-1-1-9. TOTALS: 18-3-6-11-51.

Detroit Lakes at Pequot Lakes, Tuesday, Jan. 21

Lakers    41 31 72

Patriots      36 21 – 57

Scoring – DL: Hedstrom 3-4-2-4-20; Jackson Lyngaas 2-2-5-5-15; Nick Nordmark 1-0-0-0-2; Trey Lyngaas 4-0-2-2-10; Sam Champa 0-0-2-2-2; Ben Hokanson 4-0-2-2-10; Ryan Cihak 3-0-5-6-11; Briton Thompson 0-0-2-4-2. TOTAL: 17-6-20-25-72.

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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.