Stanley – The Des-Lacs Burlington Lakers were able to outlast the Stanley Blue Jays down the stretch to give Head Coach Douglas Wagner his 600th coaching victory of his career.
The two teams were deadlocked for the first 3 quarters with neither team able to build more than a 5 point lead. The Blue Jays trailed by one at the end of the first half and trailed by the same deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lakers finally pulled away with under four minutes after junior Eddie Whitebear hit a 3 pointer to put the lead to 6 points. The lead would grow to 10 points a couple minutes later, allowing the Lakers to take home a 70-61 victory.
The Blue Jays made some nice plays offensively and showed how difficult they can be to stop when they are willing to work the ball around in an offensive set. The Hanson’s (Kaedyn and Wyatt) both poured in 21 points to lead the Blue Jays offensively, with many of those coming off of nice passes from the other Blue Jay players.
The Lakers were impressive as well. Drew Pearson was as good as advertised, the senior guard dazzled with his court vision, ability to score, and ability to facilitate the entire offense. The Lakers poured in 7 3-pointers as a team.
The Blue Jays move to 7-4 on the season, they travel to Divide County on Friday (27th).
The Lakers move to 10-3 on the season, they will host Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood on Tuesday (24th).
Des-Lacs Burlington 19 16 15 20 (70)
Stanley 14 20 15 12 (61)
DLB: Pearson 22, Vendsel 9, Medalen 9, Johnson 9, Knutson 7, Whitebear 7, Hanna 4, Bachmeier 3
Stanley: W. Hanson 21, K. Hanson 21, Nesheim 7, Patten 5, Aadnes 4, Mcintosh 2
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