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Tom Mix, Published January 29 2013

Fargo South tops Fargo North in boys hoops

FARGO – Colton Lloyd literally played out of his basketball shoes on Tuesday night at Fargo South High School.

The 5-foot-10 junior guard blew out a sneaker three minutes into the game and had to borrow a pair of replacements from a teammate on the bench.

The new shoes took some adjusting to get used to, but Lloyd was able to get comfortable and helped the Bruins to a 64-51 Eastern Dakota Conference win over Fargo North.

North cut South’s lead to eight points when Willy Roman connected on back-to-back free throws with 6 minutes, eight seconds remaining in regulation.

Lloyd, who finished with 19 points, answered with two 3-pointers in the final six minutes to make sure the Spartans never got to within single digits the rest of the game.

“Colton just has ice in his veins,” South head coach Mike Hendrickson said. “He missed a shot early in the second half and I said, ‘You are not bending your knees.’

“I don’t know if he was bending his knees or not, but that is what I told him so he was thinking about the shot instead of worrying about everything else.

Senior Paxton Lloyd scored a game-high 20 points for the Bruins (7-4, 6-4 EDC). Junior forward Drew Fahrman added 13 points for South.

North was without starters DeSean Thompson and Issac Rerick. Despite the depleted lineup, the Spartans refused the Bruins an easy victory.

“Any North-South game is going to be close,” Colton Lloyd said. “There are no blowouts. We just were able to keep our composure.”

Roman scored a team-high 14 points off the bench for the Spartans (1-10, 1-8).

“Hand it to kids,” North head coach Dan Shultis said. “They never give up and do what they can. We gutted it out, but our issue is mistakes and trying to overcome them.”

North committed a total of 17 turnovers in the game.

“Their pressure was very difficult for us,” Shultis said. “They made all of our guards uncomfortable and got us going in one direction. They did exactly what they wanted to on defense.”

NORTH (1-10): Espel 4 2-4 11, Fisher 2 3-4 7, Thompson 3 2-2 8, Schroeder 2 1-2 5, Roman 5 3-4 14, Staigle 3 0-0 6. Totals: 19 11-16 51.

SOUTH (7-4): C. Lloyd 7 2-2 19, P. Lloyd 8 4-5 20, Schweitzer 2 0-0 4, Kellen 4 0-0 8, Fahrman 5 3-5 13. Totals: 26 9-12 64.

Halftime: 3-pointers: Espel, Roman, C. Lloyd 3. Fouls: FN 10, FS 15. Rebounds: FN 24 (Fisher 6), FS 21 (Fahrman 6). Turnovers: FN 17, FS 8.

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