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Lakers shut down Wolverines in second half for 49-46 win

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The Detroit Lakes Lakers held the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to 16 points in the second half Tuesday night in rallying for a 49-46 Mid-State Conference victory on the Wadena court.

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The Wolverines controlled the first half 30-28 but shot just 33 percent from the field, relying heavily on three-pointers from Evan and Andrew Van Erp to stay in the game. Both VanErps dropped in four of their five treys in the first half. Evan finished with 24 points while Andrew scored 17. Only for WDC players contributed to the scoring. Ryan Redfield, who has turned in a number of double figure efforts on his home court this season, was held scoreless in the first half. He canned one trey in the second half.

Joe Mollberg pumped in six treys for the Lakers to lead the way with 20 points. Brian Labat chalked up nine deuces for 18 points. The Lakers shot 46 percent from the field.

The Lakers held a slim 26-23 advantage on the boards. Ben Birch was WDC's top board man with 10.

The victory gave the Lakers a season sweep over the Wolverines and capped their Mid-State Conference season a 10-0. The Lakers have won 15 of 18 games since the Christmas break and have a 19-6 record overall. The Wolverines closed out their Mid-State season with a 2-8 record. The Wolverines have won nine of their 24 games overall.

DETROIT LAKES (49)

K. McLeod 2, J. Mollberg 20, A. Marsh 1, R. Hutchinson 2, B. Labat 18, D. Long 6. Totals: 14/6 3-5 49

WADENA-DEER CREEK (46)

A. VanErp 17, R. Redfield 3, B. Birch 2, E. VanErp 24. Totals: 5/11 5-8 46

Detroit Lakes 28 21 -- 49

Wadena-Deer Creek 30 16 -- 46

Fouls: DL 14; WDC 12

Bertha-Hewitt 57, WDC 53

The Bears took advantage of WDC foul problems and hit on 24 of 35 free throws Friday night in a four-point victory on their home court.

Tom VanErp's WDC crew was whistled 23 times and lost Ryan Redfield and Jeremy Sherman to fouls before the game was over.

The Bears went into the half with a slim 33-31 lead and used their free throw shooting to key the Wolverines at bay in the second half.

"It was a close battle," Bertha-Hewitt Head Coach Dale Finck said. "I thought we adjusted to the tightness of the officiating pretty well."

Matt Fretham had 21 points for the Bears while Zach Tranvik scored 18 points.

Evan VanErp led the Wolverines with 22 points. Redfield canned 10.

The Bears had a 32-26 rebounding edge. Ben Birch hauled down 10 rebounds for the Wolverines.

WDC (53)

J. Salge 4, VanErp 5, B. Birch 8, R. Redfield 10, E. VanErp 22, M. Paulson 4. Totals: 16/3 12-20 53

B-H (57)

M. Fretham 21, Z. Tranvik 18, T. Murphy 8, M. Grewe 5, P. Riewer 2, D. Templin 2, S. Voge 1. Totals: 9/5 24-35 57

WDC 31 22 - 54

B-H 33 24 - 57

Fouls: WDC 23; B-H 17

Fouled Out: Redfield, Sherman (WDC), Templin (B-H)

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