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Jeff Kolpack, Published February 05 2013

Shanley stops Davies in boys hoops

FARGO – The overtime win over No. 1-ranked Grand Forks Red River was a nice resume builder for Fargo Davies. Tuesday night, Fargo Shanley showed who’s boss on the south side of town.

It wasn’t all A.J. Jacobson either for the Deacons, who got scoring from a variety of sources to take a 94-74 boys basketball victory at the Eagles gym.

“We know on their best night they’re as good as anybody in the state,” Shanley guard Dylan Alderman said of the Eagles.

So is Shanley, ranked second in North Dakota Class A. The Deacons improved to 11-2 overall and 11-1 in the Eastern Dakota Conference. They did a chunk of that with Jacobson averaging 26.2 points a game.

He got 27 against the Eagles while high-scoring guard Patrick Strom had 24, but the Deacons also got a nice contribution from Alderman, who had 10 of his 16 points in the second half.

“I know what I do is be a pass-first guy,” he said, “but I also have to get to the basket. With guys who score like A.J. and Pat, it’s easy for us to just say, go to A.J. and Pat. But we also have guys who can hit open shots.”

The three scoring Deacons had an overall better night than Davies’ best trio of guards Tanner Kretchman and Andrew Kozlowski and center David Olson. At one point early in the first half, Shanley head coach Shane Alderman took a 30-second time out to emphasize the plan of attack against the three: defense.

“He likes to light a fire under us,” Dylan Alderman said, “and I think we responded. We gave up some easy baskets early. … Our motto was to get more stops than them.”

Alderman was especially at the forefront during a key 14-2 run in the second half that gave Shanley a 76-52 advantage. Later Strom’s sixth 3-pointer of the night made it 83-58 with six minutes left.

It was a different night than the Red River win for Davies.

“They are two different teams looking at Red River and Shanley,” said Davies head coach Bart Manson. “Shanley creates so many problems. A.J. is such a great player; I hope people appreciate what he does. He’s so hard to guard. And their role players stepped up.”

For Davies, which fell to 9-4 overall and 8-4 in the EDC, there wasn’t much offensive flow most of the night. Kretchman led the Eagles with 30 points, but stringing points around him didn’t come easy.

“We struggled a little bit,” Manson said.

SHANLEY: Dunn 2 0-0 5, Strom 8 2-3 24, Alderman 6 4-4 16, A. Jacobson 8 9-10 27, Glogoza 2 0-0 4, Arnold 2 3-4 7, Voss 1 0-0 2, S. Jacobson 0 1-2 1. Totals: 29 19-23.

DAVIES: Kretchman 9 8-8 30, Bitter 2 0-0 4, Kozlowski 8 1-2 19, Peterson 3 0-0 6, Olson 5 1-1 11, Barta 0 2-2 2, Engel 0 2-2 2. Totals: 25 14-15.

Halftime: FS 48, FD 37. Total fouls: FS 17, FD 20. Fouled out: Arnold. 3-point goals: Dunn, Strom 6, Jacobson 2, Kretchman 3, Kozlowski 2.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

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