The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team rolled to a 75-41 Mid-State Conference victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Friday, Jan. 17.
“I was a little surprised because we have a tendency of getting complacent when we build leads,” said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns. “We’ve been telling the kids to keep the hammer down and not have a letdown. Things like that are starting to click.”
A total of 11 players scored for the Patriots, led by CJ Borleis with 17 points. Pequot Lakes’ Jack Kreitz and John Craig each added 13 while teammate Hunter Larson chipped in 10.
That balanced scoring does make Pequot Lakes more difficult to defend against, according to Starns.
“Every game we have two, three or four guys in double figures,” he said. “It’s a product of the way we run our system. It gives us good balance, and makes us more difficult to guard.”
The Patriots, 2-3 in the conference and 7-6 overall, hosted Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and then were scheduled to play at Brainerd at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.
“We have a run of good teams coming up,” Starns said. “We have Brainerd, and then (Class A) No. 1 Esko on Saturday, Jan. 25, and then No. 2 Pelican Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 28).
Jared Reintiz scored a game-high 26 points for W-DC, which fell to 0-5 in the conference and 3-12 overall.
Wadena-DC 20 21 — 41
Pequot Lakes 35 40 — 75
Blake Connell 2, Isaac Laughlin 2, Jared Reintiz 26, Matthew Quincer 2, Alex Redfield 2, Ricky Price, Dylan Dumpprope 5, Jordan Folkstead 1, Joe Wallgren 1. FT 7-10 (70 percent).
Connor Davich 2, Jack Kreitz 13, Brett Peterson 5, John Craig 13, Tyler Tappe 2, Travis Jacobson 4, Hunter Larson 10, Lucas Mumm 4, CJ Borleis 17, Eric Elverum 3, Keegan Johnson 2. FT 6-8 (75 percent).