The Anoka Tornadoes were one bucket better in a 56-54 overtime victory over Detroit Lakes at the Crossover Classic in Perham Saturday, Jan. 4.
Donald Prah scored four of his six points in the extra session and Keenan Rodriguez sank a pair of free throws to give the Tornadoes a 56-51 lead.
Gabe Hanninen sank a late three to cut the deficit to two points before the clock expired.
The Lakers led by six points at halftime after the teams traded buckets through four tie scores to a deadlock at 13-13. DL used a 12-2 run spreading out the scoring between Hanninen, Nate Cihak, Max Gunderson, Tate Kerzman and Zack Oistad creating a 10-point spread before giving up the final four points of the half.
Drew Markuson, Oistad and Kerzman tallied three consecutive buckets to build the lead back to double figures in the second half up 36-26, but Anoka rallied to take its first lead since the early going 48-47 on a Jacob Deutschman basket to complete a 22-11 run.
Kerzman made one of two free throws late in the half to tie the game and Rodriguez and Mace traded buckets to send the teams to overtime tied at 50.
Rodriguez scored a game-high 28 points to lead Anoka to its third victory of the season (3-7). He and Brody Lake (15 points) combined to make seven of the Tornadoes’ eight three point baskets. Lake had five steals in the game, equaling the Lakers as a team.
Kerzman and Hanninen were in double digits for the Lakers scoring 13 and 11, respectively. Gunderson had nine points and team-highs of eight rebounds and five assists.
DL (3-4) had five threes in the game, all from different players.
The Lakers have had an intermittent start with a loss, followed by a win for seven straight games. DL will look to at least continue that trend back to winning ways at Fergus Falls Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Friday, Jan. 10, the Lakers will host the Aitkin Gobblers and the program's second annual autograph night. Kids wearing basketball jerseys will be admitted free of charge and will be eligible to enter for door prizes, get a shot at halftime for a prize and after the game can meet players and get autographs. Photos will be provided.
Anoka 56, Detroit Lakes 54 (OT)
AN 19 31 6 - 56
DL 25 25 4 - 54
AN - Keenan Rodriguez 28, Brody Lake 15, Donald Prah 6, Albert Tinnel 5, Jacob Deutschman 2, Keimoni Stewart-Kush 2.
DL - Tate Kerzman 13, Gabe Hanninen 11, Max Gunderson 9, Reed Mace 7, Zack Oistad 6, Nate Cihak 5, Drew Markuson 3.