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Forum staff reports, Published January 19 2013

Oak Grove posts boys basketball win over Grafton

FARGO – The Fargo Oak Grove boys basketball team picked up right where it left off on Thursday.

Two days removed from a convincing North Dakota Class B, District 2 win over Kindred, the Grovers’ success on offense carried over in an 86-55 win over Grafton during the 22nd annual Oak Grove Shootout at the Fargo Civic Center.

The No. 6-ranked Grovers had a total of 11 players score in the game and had five players score in double figures.

Oak Grove dominated from the opening tip running its fast-paced transition offense to precision.

“We wanted to work on our defense, which got us a lot of easy shots,” Oak Grove head coach Kyle Card said. “We ran the floor as well I have seen this season. When we do that it is a lot of fun because it opens up 3-point shots.”

Senior Tyler Christianson finished with 13 points leading the Grovers (11-2). Jordan Funfar added 11 points for Oak Grove and was joined in double-figure scoring by teammates Brad Conant, Coulton Dangerfield and Christian Adams who all finished with 10 points.

Oak Grove outscored the Spoilers 28-8 in the opening quarter and never looked back.

“We are doing a good job of moving the ball,” Conant said. “We really like to focus on moving the ball up the floor with the pass instead of the dribble. We did a good job of that tonight. The shots were falling.”

The Grovers have won four consecutive games and looked right at home at the Civic, which is the site of the District 2 tournament set for Feb. 15-18.

“We like playing here,” Conant said. “It is a great place to shoot. We got out fast and kept the momentum going.”

Junior Garek Droog scored 18 points to pace the Spoilers (7-4).

Oak Grove has outscored its last two opponents 171-100.

G 8 24 39 55

OG 28 58 77 86

GRAFTON (7-4): Lunde 5 0-3 12, McMartin 2 1-2 5, Contreras 3 0-3 6, Droog 9 0-0 18, Villarreal 3 1-2 7, Torkelson 0 1-2 1, Baldwin 1 0-0 2, Nelson 2 0-0 4. Totals: 25 3-12 55.

OAK GROVE (11-2): Berg 4 0-0 8, Widmer 2 2-2 6, Funfar 3 3-3 11, Christianson 5 2-3 13, Conant 4 2-2 10, Kretchman 2 3-4 8, Card 3 1-2 7, Adams 3 3-4 10, Dangerfield 4 1-1 10, Olson 1 0-1 2, Richards 0 1-2 1. Totals: 31 18-24 86.

3-pointers: Funfar 2, Christianson, Adams, Kretchman, Dangerfield, Lunde 2. Total Fouls: G 19, OG 16. Rebounds: G 28 (Droog 6), OG 29 (Funfar 6, Christianson 6). Turnovers: G 17, OG 13.