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Glenn Pursley, Published December 08 2012

Olson keys Davies' win over Jamestown

FARGO – Fargo Davies saw what David Olson was capable of doing when they played against him last season at Grand Forks Central. But on Saturday, they got a first-hand glance at what he can do for them with the Eagles.

Olson – who transferred to Davies from Central over the summer – scored 23 points as the Eagles soared to a 92-58 victory over Jamestown in the North Dakota boys basketball season opener.

“It’s been good,” Olson said. “I’ve adjusted fast, and I think we played pretty good. We still got a lot of things to work on, like getting more defensive stops.”

Olson picked up 10 points in the first half before tacking on 13 more points in the second.

Andrew Kozlowski and Tanner Kretchman were explosive from the tip-off, as both scored double-digit points in the first half and finished with 17 points and 21 points, respectively.

The trio of Olson, Kozlowski and Kretchman took control of the Davies offense, combining for 61 of the Eagles’ 92 points. The three players combined to make 14 of 16 free throws.

“I thought for our opening game we played well as a team and distributed the ball well,” Kozlowski said. “We need to do a lot more rebounding and play a little harder on defense and we’ll go from there.”

In addition to the trio’s standout performance on offense, they helped the Eagles apply pressure on defense and maintain at least a half-court press for most of the game.

“I saw some good things tonight,” Davies head coach Bart Manson said. “David’s a new player for us, and there’s always going to be new things that come along when new kids come in, but everything is going good. The kids are adjusting and learning how to play with other kids on the floor.”

Davies (1-0) hosts Wahpeton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

JAMESTOWN (0-1): Lindberg 3 2-3 11, Manley 0 0-0 3, Kleinknecht 5 0-2 10, Weiser 0 3-7 3, Hanson 4 0-2 8, Keller 1 0-0 2, Remmick 1 0-1 8, Wegner 4 3-3 11, McInnes 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 9-15 58.

FARGO DAVIES (1-0): Olson 9 6-6 23, Kretchman 7 4-6 21, Kozlowski 5 4-4 17, Berg 2 3-3 10, Schultz 2 2-4 6, Feeney 2 1-2 5, Geffre 1 0-0 2, Bitter 1 0-0 2. Totals 36 16-22 92.

Half: FD 41, J 24. 3-pointers: Remmick 2, Lindberg 1, Ukestad 1, Kretchman 1, Kozlowski 1, Berg 1. Total fouls: FD 24, J 20. Fouled out: Berg. Rebounds: FD 17 (Olson 4), J 8 (Lindell 3).

Forum reporter Glenn Pursley can be reached at (701) 241-5549