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For the first 18 minutes, the visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team played the Detroit Lakes Lakers more than even as the Patriots enjoyed a 37-30 halftime lead in the Mid-State Conference matchup on Friday, Dec. 13.

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However, the Lakers came out on fire from beyond the 3-point range in the second half as they eventually tied it 43-43. But that’s when Ryan Cihak made a 3-point shot and Detroit Lakes never trailed again as they 37 of the final 50 points for a 67-50 win.

Cihak finished with seven 3-point shots as the Patriots suffered their first loss after winning their first three games.

“We played well in the first half, and executed our game plan,” said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns. “I think (Detroit Lakes) was a little desperate at the start of the second half, and then (Ryan) Cihak started hitting threes. That was as good as I’ve seen anybody shoot, and we couldn’t shut him down. We also started to buckle a little under their defensive pressure.”

Pequot Lakes, 1-1 in the Mid-State and 3-1 overall, was scheduled to return to action against Park Rapids on Tuesday, Dec. 17, before hosting Pierz at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.

The Patriots assumed an early 7-2 lead, but the Lakers cut the deficit to 9-7. Pequot Lakes then went on a 9-0 run to build a larger lead, and expanded the advantage to 28-25 after a Hunter Larson made a 3-point shot. But the Patriots expanded the lead behind Brett Peterson’s 3-point shot.

In the second half, the Lakers made four quick free throws and then they tied it 39-39 when Cihak nailed a 3-pointer and Trey Lyngaas added a basket. Detroit Lakes later took a 46-43 lead when Cihak made another shot behind the arc. In the final nine minutes, the Lakers outscored the Patriots 24-7 for the win.

Cihak finished with 28 points while Travis Jacobson led the Patriots with 15 points.

“They’re a young team that is very quick, and improving each time I see them,” Starns said of Detroit Lakes. “Travis (Jacobson) played his most complete game of the year. He made some nice shots other than layups.”

Pequot Lakes was 10-11 from the free-throw line, but all those attempts came in the first half.

Detroit Lakes 30 37 — 67

Pequot Lakes 37 13 — 50

DETROIT LAKES

Connor Johnson 2, Corbin Duncan 4, Christian Hedstrom 2, Jackson Lyngaas 12, Nick Nordmark 1, Trey Lyngaas 9, Sam Champa 7, Ryan Cihak 28, Ben Hokanson 2. FT 12-21 (57 percent).

PEQUOT LAKES

Connor Davich 4, Jack Kreitz 8, Brett Peterson 5, John Craig 7, Tyler Tappe 6, Travis Jacobson 15, Hunter Larson 3. FT 10-11 (91 percent).

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