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AUSTIN EDITION - Riverland gives Central Lakes a scare

BRAINERD -- Riverland Community College played nationally ranked Central Lakes tough in men's basketball on Saturday before dropping a 93-84 decision.

"They're a very good team," Riverland coach Darin Johnson said. "It was pretty much a two-, four-, five-point game all the way. Our guys played extremely well."

High-scoring Central Lakes, rated in the top 10 in the nation among junior college teams, didn't seal the home victory into the closing minutes.

"They just made some big shots down the stretch and made their free throws," Johnson said.

Lndard Langdon led a balanced Central Lakes attack with 18 points. Three of his teammates also scored in double figures.

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The Blue Devils (3-4) also had four players reached double figures. Marvin Giles and Jake Firle scored 18 points each. Jared Supalla scored 15 points and Jason Pehler added 14.

Riverland stayed in the game with solid shooting. The Blue Devils knocked down 12 of 26 three-point attempts and also made 22 of 25 free throws.

The bigger Central Lakes team controlled the boards 44-31 and also made 7 of 15 three-pointers.

Riverland will play host to Western Wisconsin Tech today at 8 p.m.

Riverland (84)

Joab Dew 3, Jared Supalla 15, Marvin Giles 18, Jason Pehler 14, Traise Wilson 2, Jeff Roemhildt 6, Jake Firle 18, Chris Sanborn 8.

CENTRAL LAKES (93)

Adam Carlson 6, Travis Krenske 11, D.J. Mayfield 7, Andrew Schmitz 14, Lndard Langdon 18, Mike Peters 10, Ferguson 2, Jackson 5, Roseman 5, Metcalf 8, Peters 7.

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Halftime score: Central Lakes 50, Riverland 45.

Three-point goals : Riverland 12-26; Central Lakes 7-15. Rebounds : Riverland 31; Central Lakes 44.

Free throws -- Riverland 22-25. Central Lakes 16-23.

Fouled out -- None.

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