Late game plays give DL victory over Moorhead
Detroit Lakes won for the eighth time in the last 10 games with key plays in the final minutes to upend the Moorhead Spuds 68-64 Tuesday night at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium.
The game had five lead changes in the last four minutes from a tie score 56-56.
Conner Froke hit his fourth three-point basket from a hot corner he found on the wing to put DL up 59-56. Back-to-back field goals by Ben Nelson and Maleeck Harden gave the Spuds a one-point lead 60-59.
DL’s Logan Pratt and Moorhead’s Ethan Hoff traded buckets to set up Jake Bettcher’s two free throws and a follow-up basket for a 65-62 DL advantage they would not relinquish.
Pratt’s final bucket of the game put DL up 67-64 and he clinched the game in the waning seconds with a freebie.
Ben Stearns had a big rebound on a Bettcher missed free throw with 13.4 seconds remaining to give DL a second chance opportunity that set up Pratt for the win.
Moorhead established their game plan early in the game leading 15-9 on a Noah Melton field goal.
DL battle back, including playing without Bettcher, who picked up a third foul. The Lakers trailed by only one point at the break 32-31.
Bettcher started the second half with a three and a deuce to go up nine points 43-34 and the Lakers held a five to seven point advantage to the five-minute mark.
Bettcher and Moorhead’s Drew Hagen each scored 22 points to lead their teams.
Pratt and Froke had a dozen each, Froke’s coming on four three-pointers. Tanner Doppler added 10 points; Jackson Haire eight and Stearns had four.
The Spuds are now 9-13 overall and have dropped four of five games.
DL improved to 10-10 heading into a pair of Mid-State Conference games at home versus Park Rapids Area (12-9, 3-4) Thursday, Feb. 15 and at Crosby-Ironton (8-13, 3-5) Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Pequot Lakes has completed conference play at 8-2. The Lakers (5-2) have three conference games remaining on the schedule and are the only team that can catch the Patriots. DL needs to win out to share the Mid-State title.
MHD 32 32 - 64
DL 31 37 - 68
M-Alend Alemadi 18, Ethan Hoff 3, Ben Nelson 4, Noah Melton 4, Maleeck Harden 11, Drew Hagen 22, Logan Garcia 2.
D-Tanner Doppler 10, Jackson Haire 8, Jake Bettcher 22, Conner Froke 12, Ben Stearns 4, Logan Pratt 12.