Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team evened its overall record to 6-6 with a non-conference win at the Sebeka Trojans 79-35 on Friday, Jan. 10.
The Patriots assumed a 41-22 halftime lead, and then really put the game away in the second half by outscoring the Trojans 38-13 with three players finishing in double-digit scoring – C.J. Borleis with a career-high 19 points, Hunter Larson with 15 and Brett Peterson with 11.
“The guys played well for both halves,” said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns, whose team bounced back from an 83-62 loss at Grand Rapids the previous night on Jan. 9. “We also played well in the second half at Grand Rapids. So this is the best three halves we’ve played in a row.”
The Patriots, who are 2-3 in the Mid-State Conference, are scheduled to play at Wadena-Deer Creek in a conference game on Friday, Jan. 17.
Sebeka 22 13 — 35
Pequot Lakes 41 38 — 79
Mack Olson 1, Tim Wieseler 3, Kieler Skaro 6, Jason Steinke 3, James Clark 2, Matthew Lillquist 4, Thane Dailey 16.
Connor Davich 6, Jack Kreitz 6, Brett Peterson 11, John Craig 5, Tyler Tappe 2, Cole Funk 2, Travis Jacobson 6, Hunter Larson 15, Henry Liedl 2, Lucas Mumm 1, CJ Borleis 19, Keegan Johnson 4.
Grand Rapids 83,
On Jan. 9, Hunter Larson led Pequot Lakes with 15 points in the non-conference loss to the Thunderhawks.
“Hunter had 15 points both nights, and if he can do that each game it will really help us get some wins,” Starns said.
Grand Rapids, 9-3 overall and ranked 10th in the QRF ratings for Class 3A, used its height advantage in defeating the Patriots. The Thunderhawks were led by Cole Herring with 25 points and 6-foot-9 post player Alex Illikainen with 18.
Grand Rapids jumped to a 51-21 halftime lead before the visitors cut the deficit to 21 points in the second half.
“We had an ugly first half, but a good second half,” Starns said. “(Illikainen) can pull up and hit a 16-18 footer, and (Herring) is a very athletic player.
“I think we were intimidated in the first half, but we had good balance in the second half.”
Peterson had 14 and Jack Kreitz added 13.
Grand Rapids 51 32 — 83
Pequot Lakes 21 41 — 62
Jason Bibeau 4, Adam Thomson 10, Evan Reitter 9, Trevor Elhard 6, Cole Herring 25, Jonathon Shields 6, Alex Illikainen 18, Hunter Dubbels 4, Sam Smokrovich 1. FT 12-16 (75 percent).
Jack Kreitz 13, Jackson Goerges 3, Brett Peterson 14, John Craig 2, Tyler Tappe 2, Brandon Hehir 2, Travis Jacobson 4, Hunter Larson 15, CJ Borleis 6, Keegan Johnson 2. FT 6-11 (55 percent).
Patriots’ JV team splits
The Pequot Lakes Patriots’ junior varsity boys’ basketball team split two games last week – losing to Grand Rapids on Thursday, Jan. 9, and beating Sebeka on Friday, Jan. 10.
“The (JV) was a little outmatched at Grand Rapids, but they did stay within striking distance, and played well in the second half only to lose by seven or eight,” Starns said. “They came back to win by three points after a good effort at Sebeka.”