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Bemidji's Carey Woods shoots against Detroit Lakes' Connor McLeod Saturday during the Minnesota Section 8-3A semifinals in St. Cloud. Detroit Lakes defeated Bemidji 68-65. Pioneer Photo David Samson/The Forum
Bemidji's Carey Woods shoots against Detroit Lakes' Connor McLeod Saturday during the Minnesota Section 8-3A semifinals in St. Cloud. Detroit Lakes defeated Bemidji 68-65. Pioneer Photo David Samson/The Forum

Detroit Lakes rallies in final minutes to down Lumberjacks 68-65

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The campaigns of the Bemidji High School winter sports teams officially ended Saturday as the BHS boys basketball team lost 68-65 to Detroit Lakes in the 8-3A semifinals at St. Cloud State.

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The Lumberjacks were the second seed in the field while Detroit Lakes was ranked third. Bemidji held a lead most of the game but the Lakers rallied in the final minutes and scored the eventual game-winning basket with 10 seconds to play.

Following a BHS turnover Detroit Lakes iced the victory with a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds on the clock.

Detroit Lakes advanced to Thursday's 8-3A championship game against top-seeded St. Cloud Apollo which battered No. 5 Little Falls 84-56 in Saturday's other semifinal.

Both teams manufactured offensive streaks Saturday and the result was a game which wasn't decided until the final second.

A pair of free throws by Carey Woods gave the Jacks a 65-64 lead with 30 seconds to play but Josh Stalberger connected on a drive with 10 seconds remaining to regain the lead for the Lakers.

BHS called a time out after Stalberger's bucket and designed a play which would involve a drive by Woods. During the drive, however, the ball was stripped and, after a Bemidji foul, Joe Mollberg drained two charity tosses for the clinching points.

"Detroit Lakes shot the ball very well down the stretch," said Jacks coach Jeff Brown. "Both teams played hard. The game went back and forth, exactly like we thought it would. The difference was that Detroit Lakes capitalized at the end."

Through much of the first half no more than four points separated the teams but Bemidji hit enough free throws in the waning minutes of the stanza to forge a 37-28 lead at intermission.

Woods opened the second half with a successful drive and BHS widened the gap to 39-28.

Detroit Lakes responded with a 12-2 run which brought the Lakers within 41-40 but the Lumberjacks countered with a 9-2 spurt which provided a 50-42 lead.

During the next three minutes, however, Detroit Lakes drew even and in the final three minutes the lead exchanged hands on five occasions, the final time with 10 seconds to play after Stalberger's bucket.

"Either team could have won," Brown said. "A bounce here or a bounce there and there is a different outcome. But that's basketball.

"All you can ask of your players is to give their best and our kids did that," Brown said. "This is a sad deal. The seniors have been wonderful and we are going to miss them."

The group of seniors includes Ben Hengel, Ryan Rude, Harley Kroening, Seth Vonasek and Grant Richardson.

"Hopefully the younger kids have watched this group of seniors and have learned from them," Brown said.

The Lumberjacks ended the winter 21-6. Detroit Lakes will take a 21-7 record into Thursday's title game. Apollo is 24-4.

Detroit Lakes (68): K,McLeod 2, 0-1, 4; Mollberg 6, 2-3, 15; C.McLeod 1, 1-2, 3; Hedstrom 2, 2-2, 8; Hutchinson 4, 0-0, 10; Labat 4, 1-3, 9; Stalberger 8, 1-2, 17. Totals: 27, 7-13, 68

Bemidji (65): Hengel 1, 3-3, 5; Rude 7, 0-3, 18; Rutledge 4, 5-8, 13; Brown 1, 0-0, 2; Woods 8, 5-5, 23; Vonasek 0, 1-2, 1; Richardson 1, 0-0, 2; Declusin 0, 1-2, 1. Totals: 22, 15-25, 65

Fouls: Detroit Lakes 16, Bemidji 16

Halftime: Bemidji 37, Detroit Lakes 28

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The campaigns of the Bemidji High School winter sports teams officially ended Saturday as the BHS boys basketball team lost 68-65 to Detroit Lakes in the 8-3A semifinals at St. Cloud State.

The Lumberjacks were the second seed in the field while Detroit Lakes was ranked third. Bemidji held a lead most of the game but the Lakers rallied in the final minutes and scored the eventual game-winning basket with 10 seconds to play.

Following a BHS turnover Detroit Lakes iced the victory with a pair of free throws with 1.3 seconds on the clock.

Detroit Lakes advanced to Thursday's 8-3A championship game against top-seeded St. Cloud Apollo which battered No. 5 Little Falls 84-56 in Saturday's other semifinal.

Both teams manufactured offensive streaks Saturday and the result was a game which wasn't decided until the final second.

A pair of free throws by Carey Woods gave the Jacks a 65-64 lead with 30 seconds to play but Josh Stalberger connected on a drive with 10 seconds remaining to regain the lead for the Lakers.

BHS called a time out after Stalberger's bucket and designed a play which would involve a drive by Woods. During the drive, however, the ball was stripped and, after a Bemidji foul, Joe Mollberg drained two charity tosses for the clinching points.

"Detroit Lakes shot the ball very well down the stretch," said Jacks coach Jeff Brown. "Both teams played hard. The game went back and forth, exactly like we thought it would. The difference was that Detroit Lakes capitalized at the end."

Through much of the first half no more than four points separated the teams but Bemidji hit enough free throws in the waning minutes of the stanza to forge a 37-28 lead at intermission.

Woods opened the second half with a successful drive and BHS widened the gap to 39-28.

Detroit Lakes responded with a 12-2 run which brought the Lakers within 41-40 but the Lumberjacks countered with a 9-2 spurt which provided a 50-42 lead.

During the next three minutes, however, Detroit Lakes drew even and in the final three minutes the lead exchanged hands on five occasions, the final time with 10 seconds to play after Stalberger's bucket.

"Either team could have won," Brown said. "A bounce here or a bounce there and there is a different outcome. But that's basketball.

"All you can ask of your players is to give their best and our kids did that," Brown said. "This is a sad deal. The seniors have been wonderful and we are going to miss them."

The group of seniors includes Ben Hengel, Ryan Rude, Harley Kroening, Seth Vonasek and Grant Richardson.

"Hopefully the younger kids have watched this group of seniors and have learned from them," Brown said.

The Lumberjacks ended the winter 21-6. Detroit Lakes will take a 21-7 record into Thursday's title game. Apollo is 24-4.

Detroit Lakes (68): K,McLeod 2, 0-1, 4; Mollberg 6, 2-3, 15; C.McLeod 1, 1-2, 3; Hedstrom 2, 2-2, 8; Hutchinson 4, 0-0, 10; Labat 4, 1-3, 9; Stalberger 8, 1-2, 17. Totals: 27, 7-13, 68

Bemidji (65): Hengel 1, 3-3, 5; Rude 7, 0-3, 18; Rutledge 4, 5-8, 13; Brown 1, 0-0, 2; Woods 8, 5-5, 23; Vonasek 0, 1-2, 1; Richardson 1, 0-0, 2; Declusin 0, 1-2, 1. Totals: 22, 15-25, 65

Fouls: Detroit Lakes 16, Bemidji 16

Halftime: Bemidji 37, Detroit Lakes 28

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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