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Detroit Lakes' Jackson Lyngaas (left) and Park Rapids' Rilee Johnson chased after a loose ball during Tuesday night's game.

Defense keys Lakers' win

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Detroit Lakes' defense forced 21 turnovers and used a 13-0 run in the first half to break open a tie game en route to an 85-66 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.

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After Detroit Lakes' Jackson Lyngaas opened the game by hitting a pair of 3-pointers, the Panthers used a basket off a rebound by Tyler McCollum, two inside baskets by Chris Goplerud, a 3-pointer by Jordan McCollum and a layup by Rilee Johnson to claim a 12-11 lead with 12:39 to play in the first half.

The Lakers responded to claim a 17-12 lead at the 11:03 mark before a layup by Johnson, a jumper by Kyle Goplerud and a 3-pointer by Chris Goplerud tied the game at 19-19 with 9:55 remaining in the first half.

Three layups by Ryan Cihak, two layups by Derek Long and a 3-pointer by Lyngaas sparked a 13-0 run as the Lakers led 32-19 with 7:19 remaining in the half. The Lakers would lead the rest of the game.

After a jumper by Kyle Goplerud, Long and Lyngaas hit 3-pointers as Detroit Lakes stretched its lead to 40-23 at the 4:53 mark.

A 3-pointer by Jordan McCollum and a layup by Zach Jewison helped the Panthers close the gap to 46-34 at the break.

Tyler McCollum opened the second half by hitting a 3-pointer as the Panthers trimmed the deficit to 46-37. Three-point plays by Long and Lyngaas and 3-pointers by Lyngaas and Nick Groth gave the Lakers a 66-46 lead with 11:45 to play.

A jumper by Wyatt Derman, a three-point play by Tyler McCollum, a basket off a rebound by Chris Goplerud, and 3-pointers by Tyler McCollum and Kyle Goplerud led the Panthers the rest of the way.

Long led the Lakers with 24 points while Lyngaas hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points as Detroit Lakes improved to 6-2 in the conference and 9-9 overall.

Tyler McCollum's 20 points, Johnson's 12 points, and Chris Goplerud's 10 points and 11 rebounds led the Panthers, who fell to 1-8 in conference games and 6-13 overall. Jordan McCollum, Kyle Goplerud and Chris Goplerud had four assists each.

DETROIT LAKES: McLeod 2 0-3 4, Duncan 2 0-0 4, J. Lyngaas 7 3-3 22, Singer 2 0-0 4, Long 10 3-4 24, Cihak 4 3-6 11, Groth 1 1-2 4, Eiter 1 1-2 3, T. Lyngaas 4 1-3 9. Totals: 33 (FG), 12 for 23 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: Long 0 1-2 1, J. McCollum 2 0-1 6, T. McCollum 5 8-9 20, Johnson 5 2-2 12, C. Goplerud 4 1-4 10, Massie 0 0-0 0, K. Goplerud 4 0-0 9, Porozinski 0 0-0 0, Gartner 0 1-2 1, Derman 1 0-0 2, Brovitch 0 1-3 1, Jewison 1 2-2 4. Totals: 22 for 48 (FG), 16 for 25 (FT).

Halftime: Detroit Lakes 46, Park Rapids 37. Three-point field goals: J. Lyngaas 5, Long 1, Groth 1, J. McCollum 2, T. McCollum 2, C. Goplerud 1, K. Goplerud 1. Rebounds: Park Rapids 30 (C. Goplerud 11, J. McCollum 5, K. Goplerud 4, Jewison 3, Long 2, T. McCollum 2, Johnson 2, Gartner 1). Assists: Park Rapids 17 (J. McCollum 4, K. Goplerud 4, C. Goplerud 4, Johnson 3, Long 1, J. McCollum 1). Steals: Park Rapids 10 (K. Goplerud 3, J. McCollum 2, Johnson 2, T. McCollum 1, C. Goplerud 1, Derman 1). Team fouls: Park Rapids 22. Fouled out: K. Goplerud. Turnovers: Park Rapids 21.

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