The Pelican Rapids boys basketball team hosted the Pequot Lakes Patriots on January 31.

The Patriots jumped all over the Vikings from the start of the game as they raced out to a 24-2 lead and increased that lead to 50-20 at the half. The second half was the same as the first, as Pequot Lakes cruised to an 89-54 win.

“I think we were caught off guard by the speed and strength that they came out with to start the game,” head coach John Gullingsrud stated. “They got after us with some full court pressure defensively and we did not handle it well at all. They forced us into numerous turnovers and quickly converted those into easy baskets.”

Oakley Kress led Pelican Rapids on the offensive end with 13 points, and both Zack Sjolie and Eli Sytsma chipped in 9 points. Jacob Gottenborg was the rebound leader with 6.

As a team, the Vikings made 20-46 (43%) shots from the field and 2-12 (17%) threes. They were outrebounded by Pequot Lakes 36-32 and also had 32 turnovers.

“It was a very lackluster performance from us as we didn’t play with any toughness or energy,” coach Gullingsrud commented. “It was good for us to play a team like Pequot Lakes at this point in the season, as they really showed us what we need to work on to be better prepared for the section playoffs. We are obviously going to need to take better care of the basketball against pressure defense, but we also need to get much tougher and more disciplined on the defensive end of the floor.”