Staples-Motley had no answer for 6-foot-6-inch Detroit Lakes center Zack Oistad as the Lakers evened their record after two games with a 73-39 Mid-State Conference basketball victory Saturday night at home.
Both coaches knew the game was going to come down to play in the paint.
Staples-Motley head coach Cy Bestland noted in the pregame that guarding Oistad could be trouble for his team.
DL’s head coach Markus Okeson wasted no time in taking advantage of the mismatch.
“Zack did a nice job of getting some post touches and finishing around the rim and we got into a transition game and made a few shots,” Okeson said.
Oistad scored the first three field goals of the game and Caeden Yliniemi followed up to get DL off to a 8-0 start.
The Cardinals cut the DL lead in half with a 5-point run. Adam Oberlander’s 3-point basket cut the deficit to 10-5, but Staples-Motley would get no closer as the Lakers continued to stretch the lead.
Back-to-back Oistad buckets put DL up 27-15 and the Lakers sprinted to the halftime break on a 23-8 run to head to the locker room up comfortably 50-23. Yliniemi drained a late three in the waning seconds to reach the half-century mark on the scoreboard.
Staples-Motley went at Oistad on the offensive end in the second half getting a third foul from DL’s center at the 13 minute mark. DL’s lead was too large to overcome at 55-34 and the Laker defense continued to shut down the Cards allowing only five more points down the stretch.
Oistad led all scorers with 20 points and just missed a double-double pulling down 9 rebounds. Two other Lakers scored in double figures. Yliniemi had 14 points; Chris Breeden added 13.
Sivert Klefsaas led the Cardinals (0-2) with 11 points.
DL’s next game at Aitkin Thursday, Jan. 21 has been postponed. The Lakers (1-1) play at home Tuesday, Jan. 26 against Park Rapids Area (0-0).
Detroit Lakes 73, Staples-Motley 39
DL 50 23 — 73
SM 23 16 — 39
SM - Max Strickland 6, Lyle Brownell 2, Isaiah Schultz 9, Sivert Klefsaas 11, Adam Oberlander 9, Hunter Miller 2.
DL - Zack Oistad 20, Caeden Yliniemi 14, Chris Breeden 13, Christian Solberg 8, Ethan Carrier 5, Matthew Tobkin 5, Elias Gloege 3, Clay Perkins 3, Brandton Marsh 2.