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Tom Mix, Published March 08 2013

Davies upsets Fargo Shanley in boys hoops

FARGO – The old saying, “The third time is the charm”, played out nicely on Friday night for the Fargo Davies boys basketball team.

The Eagles locked up with Fargo Shanley in the North Dakota Class A, East Region semifinals after suffering two previous defeats against the Deacons in the regular season.

But Friday ended differently, with Davies upsetting No. 2-seeded and No. 3-ranked Shanley 93-88 at the Bison Sports Arena.

“Both times we played them, they beat us by 20 points,” Davies head coach Bart Manson said. “In those games, we went on lulls for five or six minutes where we didn’t do anything while they kept scoring. The difference tonight was we didn’t have any lulls. We played for 36 minutes.”

Davies junior guard Tanner Kretchman led all scorers with 34 points and added eight assists.

The No. 3-seeded Eagles advance to play West Fargo in the championship game at 8:15 p.m. today at the BSA. It marks the first time Davies will play for an East Region championship. Davies also clinched its first trip to the state tournament set to begin Thursday in Bismarck.

“We were coming into this game having won six games in a row, and we felt as a team we were playing well enough to beat any team right now,” Kretchman said. “We played with a lot of energy and a lot of intensity. I thought that really pulled us through to a victory.”

Andrew Kozlowski and David Olson scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, for the Eagles (16-5).

Davies led 42-35 at halftime and didn’t give up the lead in the second half.

“Davies just outworked us for a large part of the basketball game,” Shanley head coach Shane Alderman said. “They shot the ball well in the first half. They got the looks they wanted and they hit them.”

Shanley (17-4) plays Fargo South in a state-qualifying game at 4:45 p.m. today at the BSA.

A.J. Jacobson scored 30 points to pace the Deacons and Patrick Strom added 28.

FARGO DAVIES (16-5): Kretchman 9 12-16 34, Kozlowski 9 1-2 19, Olson 6 3-3 16, Schultz 4 0-0 9, Peterson 4 0-0 8, Barta 1 1-2 3, Berg 1 0-0 2, Bitter 1 0-0 2. Totals: 35-62 17-23 93.

FARGO SHANLEY (17-4): Jacobson 9 10-16 30, Strom 9 6-7 28, Meyer 3 1-1 9, Alderman 3 2-2 8, Dunn 3 0-0 8, Arnold 2 1-3 5. Totals: 29-65 20-29 88.

Halftime: FD 42, S 35. 3-pointers: Jacobson 2, Strom 4, Meyer 2, Dunn 2, Kretchman 4, Olson, Schultz. Total fouls: FD 18, S 22. Fouled out: Arnold, Alderman. Rebounds: FD 30 (Olson 9), S 25 (Jacobson 8). Assists: FD 22 (Kretchman 8), S 12 (Jacobson 5). Steals: FD 10 (four with 2), S 8 (Jacobson, Strom 3). Turnovers: FD 15. S 14.

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