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Tom Mix, Published March 02 2012

Davies tops North in boys consolation semifinal

FARGO – In only their second year as a program, the Fargo Davies boys basketball team will be playing for a berth in the North Dakota Class A state tournament.

Davies sophomore Andrew Kozlowski had a double-double in the Eagles’ 75-71 win over Fargo North in the consolation semifinals of the East Region tournament on Friday at the Bison Sports Arena.

Kozlowski finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds.

“All you can ask for this time of the year is to have a chance to go to state,” Fargo Davies head coach Bart Manson said. “Hopefully tomorrow we play better and qualify for state.”

The Eagles (13-8) play Wahpeton in the second state qualifying game at 4:45 p.m. today.

Kozlowski got things going for the Eagles on offense early, scoring 21 of his 30 points in the first half. Davies held a 39-37 advantage at halftime.

The Spartans went on a 9-2 run in the second half to claim a 57-52 lead, but the Eagles stormed back.

Senior center Brady Jordahl scored nine of his 10 points in the second half and gave the Eagles a presence in the paint. Jordahl also posted a key block on a breakaway chance by North’s Isaac Rerick with two minutes left in regulation and the game tied 68-68.

The Spartans turned the ball over twice in the final minutes and Davies capitalized, going ahead for good when Nathan Rasmus hit two free throws with 1:44 left.

“It came down to us finally making a couple stops on defense and making a couple of shots down the stretch,” Manson said.

The victory is the second East Region playoff win for the Eagles, who won a play-in game last season.

Austen Strom scored 17 points to lead the Spartans, who finish the year with a 6-17 record. North’s Sam Stratton added 16 points and eight rebounds.

Rasmus finished with 14 points for the Eagles.

FN: Strom 5 4-5 17, Stratton 6 0-0 16, Rerick 6 0-0 15, Kosienski 3 1-3 7, Thompson 2 2-4 6, Espel 2 0-3 5, Fisher 1 1-1 3, Giffey 1 0-0 2.

FD: Kozlowski 9 11-19 30, Rasmus 3 8-9 14, Potter 4 0-0 11, Jordahl 4 1-3 9, Hendrickson 2 2-2 6, Siewert 0 3-4 3, Berg 1 0-0 2.

Halftime: FD 39, FN 37. 3-pointers: Strom 3, Stratton 4, Rerick 3, Espel, Kozlowski, Potter. Total fouls: FD 16, FN 23. Rebounds: FD 34 (Kozlowski 11), FN 45 (Strom, Giffey 9). Assists: FD 14 (Hendrickson 6), FN 21 (Strom, Giffey 6). Steals: FD 14 (Hendrickson 5), FN 8 (Rerick 4). Turnovers: FD 14, FN 21.

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