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Boys basketball: Offense hard to come by as Lakers fall to Melrose

Two seven-win teams met up at Minnewaska on Friday night, and it was Melrose that escaped with a low-scoring win over the Lakers.

Both teams scored just 13 points in the first half, but the Dutchmen (8-3) got going a little more after the break on the way to a 43-32 win. Minnewaska (7-3) shot just 34 percent (12-of-35), including going 2-of-15 from three.

Grant Jensen was the Lakers’ only player in double figures with 13 points. Shawn Carsten had five points and a team-high eight rebounds. Reegan Nelson led Melrose with 10 points.

Minnewaska will turn right around and play again today, Saturday, when the Lakers go to the Target Center in Minneapolis to face Osakis at 1 p.m.

MINNEWASKA     13 19 - 32

MELROSE            13 30 - 43

MINNEWASKA TOTALS - FG - 12-35; Three-point FG - 2-15; FT - 6-11; Assists - 2; Rebounds - 22; Steals - 10; Turnovers - 15

MINNEWASKA - Johnsrud - 1 assist; Jack Blevins - 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Grant Jensen - 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Ryan Amundson - 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Aaron Ver Steeg - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Luke Barkeim - 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal; Shawn Carsten - 5 points, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

MELROSE SCORING - Reegan Nelson - 10; Carter Tshida - 6; Grant Moscho - 9; Adam Helmin - 3; Preston Keaveny - 7; Rowan Nelson - 3; Daniel Klassen - 5

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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