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Tom Mix, Published February 04 2013

Fargo South boys basketball players Colton, Paxton Lloyd have on-court connection


Brothers Paxton and Colton Lloyd are alike and different. The Lloyd brothers both share a passion for playing basketball and have played together on the Fargo South boys varsity team the last two seasons.

Their bond on the court is hard to ignore and both Colton and Paxton have made big contributions to the Bruins this season.

“Over the years that I have coached, these two guys know where each other are on the court as best as we have had,” Fargo South head coach Mike Hendrickson said.

The familiarity Colton – a

5-foot-10 junior shooting guard – and Paxton – a 5-foot-9 senior point guard – have with one another comes from playing basketball together for nearly 10 years. They have been playing on the same team since grade-school youth basketball. Colton was often bumped up to play on Paxton’s teams.

From there the chemistry began.

“I know him a lot better because I live with him,” Paxton said of Colton. “I have been playing with him since third grade because that’s when he bumped up. I know exactly where he wants the ball.”

Paxton is averaging 16.8 points and six assists per game. He scored a season-high 34 points in a victory over West Fargo earlier this season. Colton is averaging 19.3 points per game and is shooting 44 percent (24 of 55) from 3-point line.

“It is always fun playing with Paxton,” Colton said. “The chemistry on the court is a little different than compared to other teammates. We know each other’s tendencies and we know what we are going to do.”

The fact that Paxton and Colton play different guard positions makes them natural complements to one another.

“They are not very big and both should be point guards,” Hendrickson said. “We thought we were going to have issues when they were both on the court with their size, but as the year has gone they both bring different things to the team.

“Paxton is the guy that has the ball in his hands. He makes decisions to pass the ball or get to the basket. Colton is the guy that runs around and is ready to shoot the 3-pointer. He makes good decisions that way.”

Like any pair of brothers, the Lloyds constantly compete. Paxton and Colton spent much of the summer shooting and playing one-on-one basketball.

“I would not be the player I am today if it wasn’t for him,” Colton said. “In the summers he has always pushed me. … In practice we are going up against each other so either way we are making each other better.”

The Bruins are 8-4 this season and have a 7-4 Eastern Dakota Conference record. This season also marks the final year Colton and Paxton will play on the Bruins together.

“Colton knows it is my last year and he want to make the best of it for me and the team, too,” Paxton said. “We want to help bring the team as far as we can and hopefully go to state.”

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