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Published January 29 2011

Oak Grove boys basketball team secures No. 1 seed in District 2 after beating Kindred

The importance of the Fargo Oak Grove boys basketball team’s game against Kindred on Friday night could be surmised by the look and feel of the sweltering hot, packed gymnasium.

And the home crowd got exactly what it came to see.

The top-ranked Grovers secured the No. 1 seed for the North Dakota Class B, District 2 tournament with a 68-63 win against Kindred at Darwin Gorder Gymnasium.

“We wanted this,” said senior forward Evan Holt. “Plus, Kindred is a rival so it’s always nice to get a win.”

Oak Grove (17-0) came out firing, drilling four

3-pointers against the Vikings’ zone defense to take an 18-9 lead.

Evan Holt and Shayden Akason each had six points in the first for Oak Grove.

But it was far from over.

Kindred (11-4) rode the hot shooting of senior forward A.J. Luick to cut the Grovers’ lead to 36-31 at halftime.

Luick had eight second-quarter points to get the Vikings back into the game.

“It’s a resilient group,” Kindred coach Brad Woehl said. “They just never say die. They never believe they are out of it. We have been down a lot the last four or five games and we’ve fought back in all of them. Now, we just have to capitalize, get the lead and continue to play good basketball.”

Oak Grove used a 8-0 run late in the third to go ahead 56-46.

Kindred chipped away late in fourth when the Grovers struggled from the free-throw line.

Oak Grove went 4-for-9 from the foul line down the stretch.

Luick finished with 15 to lead the Vikings.

Holt had 17 and Akason 16 for Oak Grove.

“We definitely had to keep playing the whole game,” Holt said. “We had to give them the whole 32 minutes.”

K 9 31 46 63

OG 18 36 56 68

KINDRED: Kretchman 4 2-3 13, Haberman 1 0-0 3, Bachmeier 5 3-4 14, Luick 6 3-3 15, Plankers 5 0-0 10, C. Reinke 1 0-0 2, B. Reinke 3 0-0 6. Totals: 25 8-10 63.

OAK GROVE: Akason 4 6-9 16, Teigen 0 0-2 0, Larson 4 3-4 12, Holt 6 1-1 17, Dangerfield 3 0-0 7, Richards 5 0-1 10, Lloyd 2 0-0 6. Totals: 24 10-16 68.

Halftime: OG 36, K 31. 3-pointers: Kretchman 3, Haberman, Bachmeier, Akason 2, Larson, Holt 4, Dangerfield , Lloyd 2. Total fouls: K 17, OG 10. Rebounds: K 24 (Luick 10), OG 16 (Larson 4).

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