Otter depth sinks Lakers [UPDATED]Published 10:52am Thursday, March 7, 2013 Updated 10:52am Thursday, March 7, 2013
“To be a good team in the playoffs, you need to have depth. I think we showed that with what we did tonight.”
Coach Rund and the Fergus Falls boys basketball team were able to overcome a few obstacles to defeat the Detroit Lakes Lakers 77-54 in the opening round of the Section 8AAA playoffs Wednesday.
Playing without guard Isaiah Lemke, due to illness, and post Mike Millard nursing a hurt shoulder, the Otters were able to come out firing in the first half.
The Lakers were unable to stop the whirlwind offense of Fergus Falls as they went into the break down 40-27.
The Fergus offense was highlighted by Jackson McAllister as he scored 13 of his team high 15 points in the first half and Joe Gaworski as the post player put in nine tallies.
The second half saw the Otters pick up where they left off as guard Drew Pearson got hot from beyond the arc. Pearson hit four of five treys and finished the evening with 14 points.
The Lakers’ Kirk McLeod dropped in 12 points in the first half but was held to only four in the second as the home team celebrated the win.
“The Lakers were so concerned about Mike (Millard) that Joe was left open on the backside,” Rund said. “He gave great quality minutes and stepped up his game in a major way tonight.”
Gaworski finished the evening with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Millard had a quieter evening as he also chipped in 13 marks.
The Detroit Lakes shooters never felt comfortable on the Otters’ home court as they shot 30 percent from the field compared to the Otters 57 percent.
The Otters were also able to control the glass as they out rebounded their opponent 38-20.
The Otters will now take on the Alexandria Cardinals, a 66-51 winner over Little Falls, at Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Fergus holds two wins over Alexandria in the regular season.
DETROIT LAKES (54) — Kirk McLeod 16, Derek Long 10, Ryan Cihak 9, Christian Hedstrom 6, Jackson Lyngaas 5, Sam Champa 3, Trey Lyngaas 2, Austin Liter 2, Karter Smith 1. FG – 15/50 3’s – 8/22 FT – 16/21 PF – 21
FERGUS FALLS (77) — Jackson McAllister 15, Drew Pearson 14, Joe Gaworski 13, Mike Millard 13, Reece Johnson 9, Austin Rund 8, Drew Reinertson 3, Brady Hansen 2. FG – 27/47 3’s – 8/13 FT – 15/26 PF – 20
DL 27 27 — 54
FF 40 37 — 77