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Forum staff reports, Published January 25 2013

Mertens posts 26 as Firebirds top Spartans

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Nathan Mertens scored a game-high 26 points to power Devils Lake to a 69-53 victory over Fargo North in Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball Friday.

Chase Johnson and Spencer Halvorson combined to add 23 points for the Firebirds (3-7) with 14 and nine points, respectively.

Austen Strom and DeSean Thompson led the Spartans with nine points each.

Half: DL 40, FN 20

FN: Berisa 2, Strom 9, Hoeg 3, Espel 8, Fisher 11, Rerick 4, Harms 2, D. Thompson 9, Schroeder 2, Caldwell 3.

DL: Erickson 2, Cichos 3, Gleason 7, Nathan Mertens 26, Wellman 2, Johnson 14, Halvorson 9, Labea 6.