The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team is off to a 3-0 start after handing the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines a 68-48 Mid-State Conference setback on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Pequot Lakes Athletic Complex.
The Patriots’ Brett Peterson hit five three-pointers and finished with 15 points while C.J. Borleis also had 15 points and Hunter Larson had 14. Borleis and Larson both came off the bench in the first half to spark an 18-1 run to break open a 31-12 lead. Pequot Lakes’ bench also combined for 39 points.
“We had a decent first half after Larson and Borleis got us going,” said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns, “but we didn’t get the job done in the second half. There are things we need to work on. We do have good balance of sophomores and juniors.”
Peterson made three 3-point shots for a quick 9-2 lead only to see the Wolverines pull to within 17-13. But that’s when the Patriots started their run of scoring 18 of 19 points. Pequot Lakes led by 40-20 at the half when Peterson and Borleis found nothing but net with three-point attempts.
The Patriots led by 48-30 when John Craig scored on a layup, and a 3-pointer, and the outcome was pretty much decided.
Larson did add two more 3-point baskets to extend the lead.
W-DC’s Blake Connell led all scorers with 27 points, and Coach Starns said, “We let (Connell) get good open looks as he was almost the whole show for them.”
Starns isn’t surprised to see his team win its first three games.
“I knew we had a chance,” he said, “but now we have to go out and prove to ourselves that we can play well against good teams that are coming up on our schedule starting with a road game at Detroit Lakes (on Friday, Dec. 13).”
Wadena-DC 20 28 — 48
Pequot Lakes 40 28 — 68
Blake Connell 27, Jacob Goeden 3, Isaac Laughlin 6, Jared Reintiz 2, Ricky Price 4, Dylan Dumpprope 6. FT 8-17 (47 percent). Conference: 0-1. Overall: 1-4. Next: hosts Detroit Lakes 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Connor Davich 2, Jack Kreitz 8, Brett Peterson 15, John Craig 5, Tyler Tappe 3, Travis Jacobson 4, Hunter Larson 14, CJ Borleis 15, Eric Elverum 2. FT 11-16 (68 percent).