Haire buzzer-beater gives DL sixth straight win
Detroit Lakes senior Jackson Haire nabbed a rebound and sank a putback with one-second remaining in the game to complete a big comeback for the Lakers in defeating Staples-Motley 61-59 Tuesday night in Mid-State Conference boys basketball at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium.
The Cardinals’ Chase Davis made one of two free throws to tie the game 59-59 in the final minute.
DL’s Tanner Doppler and Staples’ Griffin Webster each missed shots on ensuing possessions with neither team allowing a second scoring opportunity.
Out of a Cardinal timeout, DL’s Connor Froke stole the ball at the timeline and DL head coach Markus Okeson used a timeout with 10.6 seconds left to set up a final play.
Doppler got the ball with a look from three but was long off the board. The ball bounded into Haire’s hands and he made an uncontested layup for the win.
The Cardinals owned the first half with nearly flawless play in building a 43-27 lead at the halftime break.
DL erased the 16-point deficit with a reversal of fortunes for both teams early in the second half. Logan Pratt tied the game at 49-49 and the teams traded buckets to the final horn.
Pratt and Jake Kerzman scored 14 points each to lead DL. Tanner Doppler had 10 points; Gabe Hanninen nine, all in the first half; Haire scored seven.
Josh Lombard led the Cardinals (4-11, 2-5) with 13 points.
DL recorded a sixth straight victory to improve to a .500 mark at 8-8 overall. The victory also kept DL on pace for a shot at the Mid-State Conference crown at 5-2. Pequot Lakes is in first place at 7-2.
The Lakers face Sauk Rapids-Rice (12-6) on the road Friday, Feb. 2 looking for a first Section 8AAA victory in four attempts.
SM 43 16—59
DL 27 34—61
S-Bentley Christensen 1, Isaiah Ross-Bahn 2, Josh Lombard 13, Derek Kennedy 6, Reid Busker 7, Brayden Losh 11, Max Giza 4, Griffin Webster 8, Chase Davis 7.
D-Tanner Doppler 10, Jackson Haire 7, Jacob Bettcher 5, Connor Froke 2, Gabe Hanninen 9, Logan Pratt 14, Jake Kerzman 14.