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BOYS BASKETBALL: Scoreless stretch costly as Jacks fall to Detroit Lakes

Bemidji senior Collin Rutledge, right, drives right past Detroit Lakes’ C.J. Manning during the first half on Tuesday evening. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — Jaylen Ingalls drained a 3-pointer from the left corner and Joe Strong converted a free throw to give the Bemidji boys basketball team a 16-14 lead with 7:15 to play in the first half but Detroit Lakes outscored the Lumberjacks 12-0 during the next four minutes. That scoreless stretch proved to be costly as BHS fell 58-51 Tuesday at the Bemidji gym.

As has been the custom of late, the Jacks played the Lakers on even terms throughout most of Tuesday’s contest but Bemidji was unable to overcome that 12-0 lapse.

In the season opener BHS lost 89-53 at Detroit Lakes but Tuesday the Jacks gave the Lakers a battle from beginning to end.

The visitors took an 8-3 lead only to see Bemidji forge a 9-2 run to open a 12-10 advantage. The spurt began with a pair of free throws each by Gabe Salander and James Hendricks and, after a series of turnovers by both teams, Collin Rutledge converted on the fast break.

Jens Huseby tied the game by hitting his first of two free throws and the rebound of the second charity toss was grabbed by Joe Strong who zipped a pass to Rutledge under the bucket. Rutledge turned the feed into a field goal and BHS was on top 12-10.

The home team maintained the lead at 16-14 with 6:36 to play in the half but four turnovers and a missed shot by the Jacks opened the door for Detroit Lakes. And the Lakers took advantage of their opportunity, scoring 12 straight points.

Bemidji finally snapped its scoreless streak when Rutledge scored on a fast break but Detroit Lakes maintained a 31-22 lead at intermission.

The second half saw the Lumberjacks battle Detroit Lakes on even terms but they never could quite make up the lost ground.

With 10:30 to play BHS was within 44-38 but three minutes later the Lakers had opened a 51-38 cushion.

Once again, the Jacks battled back and they were within 51-45 with four minutes to play. At that stretch Detroit Lakes employed a stalling offense which forced Bemidji to foul to gain possession and the Lakers made enough free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

Salander led Bemidji’s attack with 13 points and Rutledge contributed 12.

Detroit Lakes (7-4) was led by Jackson Lyngaas who scored 14.

Bemidji (1-12) will be back at home 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Cristo Rey Jesuit of Chicago, Red Lake and Fond du Lac. The Jacks will face Cristo Rey on Friday and meet Red Lake on Saturday.

Detroit Lakes 58, Bemidji 51

Detroit Lakes (58): Johnson 0, 0-0, 0; Duncan 1, 0-0, 2; Hedstrom 2, 4-4, 10; J.Lyngaas 3, 6-8, 14; Nordmark 1, 0-0, 2; T.Lyngaas 4, 0-0, 8; Champa 2, 0-0, 4; Cihak 2, 0-2, 5; Hokanson 5, 3-6, 13. Totals: 20, 13-20, 58

Bemidji (51): Hendricks 2, 2-4, 6; Rutledge 5, 2-5, 12; Strong 2, 1-5, 7; Ingalls 3, 1-2, 9; Huseby 1, 1-2, 4; Cervenka 0, 0-0, 0; Ramirez 0, 0-0, 0; Salander 3, 7-7, 13. Totals: 16, 14-25, 51

3-point FG: Detroit Lakes 5, Bemidji 5 (Strong 2, Ingalls 2, Huseby 1)

Fouls: Detroit Lakes 21, Bemidji 20

Halftime: Detroit Lakes 31, Bemidji 22

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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