Little Falls wanted to keep play at a slow pace, but a very slow start on offense allowed Detroit Lakes to take command early and run away with a 54-34 Section 8AAA boys basketball victory Saturday afternoon at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium.
It took four game minutes for either team to score.
Matthew Tobkin got Detroit Lakes going by getting to the hole for the first deuce and quickly added a follow-up fadeaway basket to lead 4-2.
Nate Cihak hit a three from the left wing and Elias Gloege hit a long three from the right side to quickly put the Lakers up 10-2.
Once center Zack Oistad got involved in the offense, the Lakers led 28-11 late in the half. Oistad created that score with the first of two straight and-one conversions and his 11th point of the half, tying the Flyers output.
Oistad was fouled down low and his 14th point of the half gave DL a 20-point cushion 31-11.
Hastin Pechan had the final hoop of the half for Little Falls as the visitors trailed by 18 at the break, 31-13.
The Flyers never threatened in the second half as the Lakers played to the final horn with a 20-point spread on the scoreboard.
Oistad continued to pile up stats. He finished with 17 points, 20 rebounds and six assists.
Tobkin had a dozen points and five rebounds. Caeden Yliniemi added seven points. Nate Cihak scored five.
The Lakers celebrated their senior class in a ceremony prior to the game, recognizing Oistad, Tobkin, Gloege, Clay Perkins, Logan Haire and Mason Hamar.
Little Falls dropped to 7-9 overall and has lost both section games on its schedule.
Detroit Lakes improved to 8-5; the win over the Flyers is the only section game scheduled. A mid-February game at Bemidji was canceled.
Playoff seeds will be announced in less than a week on March 14.
The Lakers play at Pequot Lakes Thursday, March 11. The Patriots (12-2, 7-0) lead the Mid-State Conference title race. Detroit Lakes is 4-2 in conference play with one other game on the schedule. A late January game at Aitkin was canceled.
Detroit Lakes 54, Little Falls 34
LF 13 21 - 34
DL 31 23 - 54
LF - Luke Kush 9, Beau Thoma 9, Hastin Pechan 8, Riley Czech 5, Alex Loukinen 3.
DL - Zack Oistad 17, Matthew Tobkin 12, Caeden Yliniemi 7, Nate Cihak 5, Christian Solberg 4, Elias Gloege 3, Chris Breeden 3, Brandton Marsh 3.