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Tom Mix, Published January 11 2013

Strom's 40 points help Shanley defeat Davies in boys basketball

FARGO – The hot hand belonged to Fargo Shanley’s Patrick Strom on Friday night.

While the temperature dropped outside, Strom was heating up inside McCormick Gymnasium where the Deacons defeated Fargo Davies 99-78 in Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball.

Strom – a 6-foot-2 junior guard – finished with 40 points and connected for a career-best 11 3-pointers in the victory.

“I have never made that many before,” said Strom who finished 11 of 18 from 3-point range.

Strom scored 25 of his 40 points in the second half, but it was in the first half when the North Dakota Class A, No. 3-ranked Deacons pulled away.

Shanley (5-1, 5-0 EDC) shot 50 percent (19 of 38) from the field in the opening 18 minutes and took a 57-38 lead into halftime.

“We dug ourselves a hole in the first half,” Davies head coach Bart Manson said. “Anytime you go into the locker room down 19, you try to pick milestones to cut it to, but we were complacent offensively in the first half.

“We didn’t go to the basket as much as we would have liked to.”

Strom hit five of his 11 3’s in the first half. All-state senior forward A.J. Jacobson – a North Dakota State basketball commit – scored 25 points in the first half. Jacobson finished with 31 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late in the second half.

Strom’s shot never seemed to go cold. He was hitting everything from anywhere, often sinking 3-pointers that would have been good from the NBA’s 3-point line.

“Offensively, I don’t usually shoot as well as I did tonight, so it was great to step up for my guys against a great Davies team,” Strom said. “(Head coach Shane) Alderman says when I’m catching it in rhythm within the offense he doesn’t care where I shoot from. I felt like tonight I just knew when to look for my shot and when to swing it around.”

Alderman said he was impressed with Strom’s shot selection and only disagreed with the timing of one his shots.

“He can hit anything three steps outside the 3-point line,” Alderman said. “He took good shots in rhythm, and that is the big thing for him. He was right on. He only made me come out of my chair one time when he pulled the trigger a little early, but that happens.”

The Deacons never allowed the No. 5-ranked Eagles many chances to get any sizable offensive run going in the second half.

“They just made a ton of shots,” Manson said. “There is not much you can do when a kid (Strom) is standing five feet beyond the 3-point line and drilling 3s. He’s a great player and great shooter. Defensively, we just didn’t do a good job.”

Junior guard Tanner Kretchman scored 22 points to lead the Eagles (5-2, 4-2). Seniors David Olson and Eric Peterson finished with double-doubles for Davies. Olson finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Peterson added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

“We are glad to get the win,” Alderman said. “(Davies) has so many offensive weapons, so I was glad we contained them as well as we did for as long as we did.”

DAVIES (5-2): Kretchman 8 4-7 22, Berg 1 1-2 3, Kozlowski 4 3-4 11, Olson 6 5-6 18, Peterson 6 0-1 12, Schultz 3 3-6 10, Bitter 1 0-0 2. Totals: 29 16-26 78.

SHANLEY (5-1): Strom 14 1-2 40, Alderman 2 6-12 10, Arnold 0 1-5 1, Jacobson 9 11-12 31, Dunn 2 0-0 5, Glogoza 4 0-0 8, Meyer 2 0-0 4. Totals: 33 19-31 99.

Halftime: 3-pointers: Strom 11, Jacobson 2, Dunn, Kretchman 2, Olson 2, Schultz. Total fouls: FD 19, S 21. Fouled out: Jacobson. Rebounds: FD 29 (Peterson 12), S 33 (Glogoza 9). Turnovers: FD 9, S 8.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562