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Published January 23 2010

Boys basketball: Nik the quick, Spartans’ Savageau scores 24 2nd-half points in win

Fargo North senior Nik Savageau had an Incredible Hulk moment Friday night. And Fargo South definitely didn’t like the guard when he was angry.

After being shut down in the first half, a fired-up Savageau scored 24 second-half points to lead the No. 2 Spartans to a convincing 85-73 Eastern Dakota Conference victory against the Bruins at the North gymnasium.

“They did a really good job first half and it kind of made me mad,” Savageau said. “I came out with a little intensity and aggressiveness and ended up getting to the basket more.”

South (3-8) played aggressive defense in the first half, collapsing on Savageau in the paint as he attempted to drive to the basket.

Savageau was limited to six points as the EDC leading Spartans managed a slim 43-38 halftime advantage.

North (10-1) shot 59 percent in the game.

“Nik can do that game in and game out,” North coach Dan Shultis said. “For me, it was a matter of telling him to keep doing what he’s doing, don’t let up. Just let the game come to him. … He just made some good moves and got all the way to the basket (in the second half).”

Savageau opened the second half with 10 points in five minutes.

The University of Sioux Falls recruit finished the game 10 of 16 from the field and 10-for-10 from the foul line.

He had a game-high 30 points and six assists.

Tyler Poss and Brad Shaw each had 18 points to lead the Bruins.

“We’re making progress,” Savageau said. “There are always things we need to work on. I just think we need to take it one day at a time and keep working on those things.”

SOUTH: Poss 18, Shaw 18, Kazane 11, Oakland 9, Rutter 8, McGillis 5, Larson 2, Skonseng 2. Totals: 29 12-15 73.

NORTH: Savageau 30, Schultz 19, Bergeron 11, Millen 8, Pettie 8, Strom 6, McLachlan 2, Bosch 1. Totals: 30 23-29 85.

Halftime: FN 42, FS 35. 3-pointers: Poss, Kazane, McGillis, Schultz, Bergeron. Total fouls: FS 23, FN 15. Fouled out: Poss, Strom. Rebounds: FS 19 (Oakland 6) FN 26 (Schultz 10). Assists: FS 4 (McGillis 2), FN 11 (Savageau 6). Steals: FS 11 (Poss 4), FN 6 (Savageau 3). Turnovers: FS 10, FN 16.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562