How to Correctly Define the CommandText and Parameters for an OleDb command Returning a Single Value

Hello Again Experts.

I am trying to return a single value from a data table using the following code:
    Private Sub Calc_PAT()
        ' Calculate and Update Total/Match Points and Running Totals after each Match
        ' Note that table Scoring has been replaced with a simple String array (SL_P2W), and
        ' a new table called Scoring which contains what is needed for calculating Match Points.
        ' The following SQL command is an example of a query that would return the number of
        ' Match Points given to the loser with a Skill Level of 3, and their Total Points was 20:
        Dim command_builder As New OleDbCommandBuilder(OleDbDataAdapterMatches)
        Dim LsrMP As Int32 = 0, WnrMP As Int32 = 0, LsrNo As Int32 = IIf(TN = 1, 2, 1)
        Dim LoserSL As Int32 = CInt(PT(SK, LsrNo).Text)
        Dim SL_Clmn As String = "SL" & CStr(LoserSL)
        Dim LoserTP As Int32 = CInt(PT(MP, LsrNo).Text)
        Using con As New OleDbConnection(OleDbConnection.ConnectionString)
            Using cmd As New OleDbCommand
                cmd.Connection = con
                cmd.CommandText = "SELECT DISTINCT ? FROM Scoring GROUP BY ?, " _
                  & SL_Clmn & " HAVING LS = " & PT(MP, LsrNo).Text & ";"
                cmd.Parameters.Add(New OleDbParameter("@Param1", SL_Clmn))
                cmd.Parameters.Add(New OleDbParameter("@Param2", LoserTP))
                    LsrMP = cmd.ExecuteScalar()
                Catch ex As OleDbException
                End Try
            End Using
        End Using
        WnrMP = 20 - LsrMP
        PT(MP, TN).Text = CStr(WnrMP)
        PT(MP, LsrNo).Text = CStr(LsrMP)
        ' Adjust Running Totals - Make sure we are updating the correct team
        If PT(NO, TN).Text = PT(TN, P1).Text Then
            PT(RT, P1).Text = CInt(PT(RT, P1).Text) + WnrMP
            PT(RT, P2).Text = CInt(PT(RT, P2).Text) + LsrMP
            PT(RT, P1).Text = CInt(PT(RT, P1).Text) + LsrMP
            PT(RT, P2).Text = CInt(PT(RT, P2).Text) + WnrMP
        End If
    End Sub

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The error being returned is
You tried to execute a query  that does not include the specified expression 'LS=0' as part of an aggregate function.

Note that there is an example of a known working SQL command in the comments of the Calc_PAT subroutine.

I guess I just need to figure out how to correctly define the CommandText and Parameters.

Any thoughts?
Tony GardnerSr. Programmer/AnalystAsked:
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
You don't need DISTINCT with Group By (they're distinct by default). Group By is used when aggregating data, but you're not doing that here.

cmd.CommandText = "SELECT DISTINCT ? FROM Scoring WHERE LS = " & PT(MP, LsrNo).Text

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Tony GardnerSr. Programmer/AnalystAuthor Commented:
Thanks so much for the help, Scott. Your answer was dead on correct.

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