The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team proved to be no match for the visiting Esko as they lost 73-38 to the Class 2A third ranked Eskomos on Saturday, Jan. 25. Kory Deadrick, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, poured in 32 points to lead Esko.
The Eskomos jumped to a 12-2 lead less than three minutes in to the game. The Patriots cut the deficit to 12-9 after a basket by C.J. Borleis. Pequot Lakes later trailed 17-16 when Deadrick made nine straight points, and they quickly stretched the lead to 30-17. The hand-writing was then on the wall that Esko would win this game as they assumed a 45-25 lead at halftime. Then they outscored the hosts 31-13 in the second half.
Borleis had 17 points for Pequot Lakes, who dropped to 7-9 overall.
The Patriots played Pelican Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 28, and are scheduled to host Pine River-Backus on Thursday, Jan. 30.
Esko 42 31 - 73
Pequot Lakes 25 13 - 38
Jaxson Turner 8, Marc Peterson 10, Aaron Olson 7, Casey Staniger 11, Nate Johnson 5, Kory Deadrick 32. FT 13-19 (68 percent).
Connor Davich 2, Brett Peterson 5, John Craig 2, Travis Jacobson 6, Hunter Larson 6, CJ Borleis 17. FT 8-16 (50 percent).
Brainerd 57, Patriots 19
Pequot Lakes was defeated by the host Warriors on Thursday, Jan. 23.
D.J. Kraemer of Brainerd scored eight straight points in one stretch, helping the Warriors assume a 25-0 lead to start the game. The Patriots scored their first points with 2:26 left in the opening half. Pequot Lakes made just two of 20 shots from the floor and turned the ball over 14 times in the first half.
Kraemer had all 14 of his points in the first half as Brainerd assumed a 31-6 lead at intermission. The Warriors later extended the lead with a 17-2 run to end the game.
Pequot Lakes struggled with its shooting – making just eight of 41 shots (20 percent) from the field.
Pequot Lakes 6 13 — 19
Brainerd 31 26 — 57
Brett Peterson 3, John Craig 2, Travis Jacobson 6, Hunter Larson 2, CJ Borleis 4, Keegan Johnson 2. FG 8-41 (20 percent), FT 2-6 (33 percent). 3-point 2-14 (14 percent).
Conor Gessell 2, DJ Kraemer 14, Logan Davis 1, Logan McElfresh 8, Grant Reuer 3, Isaiah Smith 3, Jacob Russell 7, Nick Schwen 2, Kobe Ahonen 4, Geoff Sheflo 3, Hunter Casper 4, Chris Pederson 3, Jamie Stall 3. FG 20-52 (38 percent), FT 6-18 (33 percent). 3-point 10-30 (33 percent).
Lakers 72, Patriots 57
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Pequot Lakes trailed just 41-36 at halftime before the Lakers pulled away behind the shooting of Christian Hedstrom and Jackson Lyngaas in the second half. The two combined for 35 points.
“We played (Detroit Lakes) tough in the first half despite too many turnovers,” Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns said. “Their defense kept us from getting a good flow in the second half.”
The Patriots jumped to an early 8-2 lead, and later led 18-12 when Hunter Larson scored from behind the arc. The game was later tied 21-21 before the Lakers scored the next eight points. The visitors eventually led 36-25. Two layups by Borleis cut the deficit to five points at the half.
Two free throws by Jacobson early in the second half pulled Pequot Lakes to within 43-39, but that was as close as they would come.
Borleis scored a career-high 23 points and Brett Peterson had 10.
Detroit Lakes 41 31 — 72
Pequot Lakes 36 21 — 57
Christian Hedstrom 20, Jackson Lyngaas 15, Nick Nordmark 2, Trey Lyngaas 10, Sam Champa 2, Ryan Clark 11, Briton Thompson 2, Ben Hokanson 10. FT 20-25 (80 percent).
Connor Davich 1, Jack Kreitz 4, Jackson Goerges, Brett Peterson 10, John Craig 4, Travis Jacobson 6, Hunter Larson 9, CJ Borleis 23. FT 11-16 (69 percent).