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Laker boys’ hoops struggle and drop last 2 home games

The air was released out of the Detroit Lakes boys’ basketball team’s sails around the eight-minute mark of Tuesday’s second half, as the Lakers’ lead deflated and eventually turned into a 65-49 loss to visiting Moorhead.

The Spuds (12-11) were able to steal momentum and the lead after a three pointer by junior forward Kennedy Jacobsen near the 8:00 mark, as Moorhead proceeded to go on a 15-3 run to close out DL’s eighth loss of the season.

“I don’t know what happened there at the eight-minute mark,” said DL head coach Robb Flint. “They popped our balloon and we didn’t respond.”

Moorhead had consistent play out of junior guard Cody Dorow, who led the Spuds to a 34-27 halftime lead with 16 points in the first half.

Down the stretch, he went for five-consecutive points with a three and a field goal to put Moorhead up 53-43 at the 4:24 mark.

Second-chance opportunities also keyed the Spuds’ late run, as they cleaned up on the offensive glass.

“That’s usually due to communication on defense,” Flint said of Moorhead’s offensive boards. “All of sudden there, we were not talking on defense and ended up out of position. I don’t know if we just got tired and I played the guys too long, or it was just the momentum of the game.”

The Lakers rallied back from their seven-point halftime deficit to start the second half, as junior guard Christian Hedstrom went on a nine-point scoring frenzy, started by a long three-pointer on DL’s second possession.

He drilled another three to answer Moorhead’s Jacobsen’s trey to pull DL to within four at 37-33, then hit the front end of a 2-2 free throw series. He capped it with a baseline lay-in to pull the Lakers to 37-36.

Junior post Trey Lyngaas gave DL its first lead since the start of the game on a pair of free throws 40-39, but that was shortly before Moorhead’s 15-3 run.

Dorow had a game-high 27 points, while Hedstrom led the Lakers with 11 points.

The Lakers’ homestand didn’t start off well, with a 71-62 loss to Grand Rapids Saturday.

“We didn’t have any fire in the first half and scored only 21 points,” Flint said. “But we played with them in the second half and cut the lead down to six, but couldn’t finish it off.

“We’ll learn from these games, though.”

Junior guard Ryan Cihak led the team with 17 points, while Hedstrom added 14.

The Lakers (17-8) will close out the regular season at Alexandria (12-10).

DL is 3-3 in section play this season and is estimated they will gain the No. 5 seed and potentially have to play at Fergus Falls (12-12) next Tuesday in the opening round of the Section 8-3A playoffs. 

The Lakers also will find out Monday if they share or will own the Mid-State crown outright, with Crosby-Ironton hosting Pequot Lakes. If C-I wins, the Lakers will share the title with the Rangers, a loss means DL will hold the championship alone.

Moorhead at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Feb. 18

Spuds    34 31 – 65

Lakers   27 22 – 49

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) – DL: Corbin Duncan 2-0-0-0-4; Connor Johnson 1-0-0-0-2; Christian Hedstrom 2-2-1-3-11; Jackson Lyngaas 1-0-4-5-6; Nick Nordmark 0-0-2-2-2; Trey Lyngaas 0-0-2-2-2; Sam Champa 1-0-0-0-2; Ben Hokanson 2-0-1-3-5; Ryan Cihak 1-1-3-4-8; Sam Priem 0-2-1-2-7. TOTALS: 10-5-14-21-49

Mhd: Tyler Eidsness 1-0-2-2-4; Cody Dorow 10-2-1-1-27; Matt Bye 2-0-3-7-7; Brett Lawrence 2-0-0-0-4; Justin Tonsfeldt 4-0-1-2-9; Kennedy Jacobsen 0-2-0-0-6; Tyler Stich 1-2-0-0-8. TOTALS: 20-6-7-12-65

Grand Rapids at Detroit Lakes, Saturday, Feb. 15

Thunderhawks   38 33 – 71

Lakers              21 41 – 62 

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) - DL: Corbin Duncan 1-0-2-5-4; Christian Hedstrom 2-1-7-8-14; Jackson Lyngaas 2-1-1-1-8; Nick Nordmark 0-0-4-4-4; Trey Lyngaas 2-1-0-0-7; Sam Champa 0-0-0-2-0; Ben Hokanson 1-0-0-0-2; Ryan Cihak 2-4-1-3-17; Sam Priem 0-2-0-0-6. TOTALS: 10-9-15-23-62

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