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Fergus Falls fends off DL boys

Victories against Section 8AAA teams have been tough to come by for Detroit Lakes this season and Fergus Falls kept that streak going in a tight 55-52 win over the Lakers in Fergus Falls Friday, Feb. 8.

The teams traded the lead eight times in a back-and-forth first half.

Nate Cihak drained a pair of free throws to give DL its last lead of the half 19-18 before Dominic Aguilar’s field goal put the Otters up by a point 20-19. DL led by as many as six points early in the half 13-7 after a Jacob Bettcher three. The Otters held a four-point lead twice and took a 22-20 edge to the halftime break.

Fergus Falls held the lead for the entirety of the second half building a nine-point buffer on an Ethan Olson field goal to go up 52-43.

DL answered with a 5-0 run to get within four points but the Otters were able to thwart a Laker comeback at the free throw line down the stretch.  

Fergus Falls improved to 10-9 overall and 5-2 in section games. Aguilar led the Otters with 13 points.

Bettcher scored a game-high 21 points to pace the Lakers. Max Gunderson recorded a double-double scoring 14 and pulling down a dozen rebounds.

The Lakers (8-9) have lost three straight games and dropped to 0-6 against 8AAA opponents. DL plays four games in the next week against Mid-State Conference opponents beginning Monday, Feb. 11 at Pequot Lakes (13-5, 4-2). The Lakers are perfect in conference play at 5-0.

DL 20 30 - 52

FF 22 33 - 55

DL - Jacob Bettcher 21, Max Gunderson 14, Tate Kerzman 7, Gabe Hanninen 4, Nate Cihak 2, Sam Spry 2, Drew Markuson 1, Ben Stearns 1.

FF - Dominic Aguilar 13, Nic Pearson 12, Ethan Olson 11, Ashwin Stratton 7, Chance Fazio 6, Parker Jacobs 4, Bauer Rogelstad 2.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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