WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
A total of 13 players scored as the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team rolled past the visiting Park Rapids Panthers 73-30 in Mid-State Conference action on Friday, Jan. 27. Noah Borleis tallied 12 points and Gage Westlund added 10 for the Patriots. The game was over quickly as the Patriots assumed a 9-0 lead and eventually led 25-10 after Adam Casanova's 3-pointer. A pair of 3-pointers by Westlund extended the lead to 37-12 before another 10-0 run to eventually lead 55-19 at intermission.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers downed the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team 88-75 on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The Lakers used a barrage of eight 3-point baskets in the first half to build a 23-point lead at the halftime break. Four points by Zach Sjoblad got the Patriots a quick 4-0 lead at the start of the game, but it would be the only time they would lead in the game. The Lakers hit their first five 3-pointers and with 8:55 left in the first half, they had a 29-12 lead.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team improved to 12-2 overall after winning two of three recent games. Patriots 56, S-M 37 In a Mid-State Conference game on Saturday, Jan. 21, a strong second half allowed the Patriots to down the Staples-Motley Cardinals after leading by just three points at the break. In the first half, the Patriots made nine turnovers but forced 10 to keep the game close.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team improved to 10-1 with a non-conference win over the visiting Albany Huskies 58-43 on Friday, Jan. 13. The Patriots were led in scoring by Olivia Lane leading with 18 points, Karli Skog 14 and Corina Ruud 11.
Adam Casanova's potential winning three-point shot spun out of the basket at the buzzer as the visiting Nevis Tigers edged the Pequot Lakes Patriots 49-47 on Saturday, Jan. 14. "When Adam let the shot fly, it looked good and appeared to be in the basket," Pequot Lakes coach Rich Spiczka said, "but it came out and ended our comeback bid since we trailed most of the way." The Patriots had trailed the entire game until, with 5:10 left, Gage Westlund drained a game-tying 3-pointer to tie it at 40. But the effort fell short and Pequot Lakes dropped to 7-5 overall.
The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team played unbeaten Crosby-Ironton closely for the first 21 minutes before the Rangers went on a 15-0 run three minutes into the second half to claim a 72-50 victory in Mid-State Conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team raised their overall record for the season to 9-1 after a pair of wins last week. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Patriots limited the host Perham Yellowjackets to just 22 points and finished with four players in double digits as they won 57-22. Karli Skog had 14 points for Pequot Lakes while Olivia Lane had 12 points and seven rebounds, Kirsten Skog had 10 points and five assists and Corina Ruud added 10 points. "We played one of our better games of the year," Patriots coach Jon Dale said. Perham 11 11—22
The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls' basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, but still finished second at the Wheaties Wallin Holiday Classic Basketball tournament in Pequot Lakes. The host team powered past the Mora Mustangs 65-45 in the first round on Thursday, Dec. 29, but fell to the Barnesville Trojans 60-43 in the championship game on Friday, Dec. 30.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots defeated the Barnesville Trojans 74-52 in the third-place game of the annual Wheaties Wallin boys' basketball tournament on Friday, Dec. 30, in the Pequot Lakes Athletic Center. The Patriots, who were edged by the Hermantown Hawks 107-99 in the first round, were led in scoring by senior Gage Westlund, who had a career-high 24 points.
In Detroit Lakes on Friday, Dec. 16, the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team topped the Lakers 71-68 by making some key free throws down the stretch. The Patriots built a big 36-17 lead in the first half, only to have to hold as as the Lakers outscored them 51-35 in the second half. The team was led by Cody Huss, who scored 24 points and Gage Westlund had 22. The Lakers took a late 66-65 lead but the Patriots answered by going on a 6-2 run to claim the three-point victory.