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Forum staff reports, Published December 12 2013

West Fargo tops Fargo Shanley in OT for boys hoops win

WEST FARGO – Thursday provided a tough opening test for the West Fargo boys basketball team.

The Packers opened the season playing defending Class A state champions Fargo Shanley and wound up needing four additional minutes of play to break through for the victory.

West Fargo defeated Shanley 96-91 in overtime during the Eastern Dakota Conference opener for both teams at West Fargo High School.

Senior forward Travis Schock scored a layup with less than a minute to play in overtime to put the Packers up for good.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Schock, who finished with a team-high 27 points. “Shanley is a great team. We came out and played well as a team and got the win.”

Shanley (0-2, 0-1 EDC) rallied after being down 43-41 at halftime. The Deacons trailed by as many as eight points in the second half.

Senior guard Patrick Strom provided a lift for Shanley scoring 20 of his 38 points in the second half including a 3-pointer with 56 seconds left in overtime that made it 91-91.

Strom injured his shoulder on the play and left the game for West Fargo’s ensuing possession. Schock hit his game-winning layup to answer Strom.

“We attacked the basket all game,” Schock said. “We got the ball to the open man and let them hit the open shot.”

Strom finished with 38 points, two below his career best.

“The guys did battle back in the second half,” Shanley head coach Shane Alderman said. “We were able to force some turnovers and get some easy baskets in transition, which we haven’t done much of so far. We are close, but we can’t get discouraged.”

West Fargo (1-0, 1-0 EDC) got a big boost inside the paint from 6-foot-4 junior center Ben Holland, who posted a double-double scoring 16 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.

Junior guard Brady Heisler added 17 points for the Packers.

SHANLEY: Jacobson 5 3-3 13, Strom 14 5-6 38, Schott 2 3-4 7, Wolbaum 5 4-8 15, Garang 1 1-2 3, Rotunda 2 1-4 5, Montplaisir 2 5-5 10. Totals: 31 22-32 91.

WEST FARGO: Pfau 1 0-0 2, Idso 1 2-2 5, B. Heisler 8 1-3 17, Eisenzimmer 2 0-0 5, Schock 9 8-15 27, A. Heisler 0 3-4 3, Beck 6 2-2 14, Sauvageau 1 0-0 3, Holland 8 0-0 16, Sample 2 0-0 4. Totals: 38 16-26 96.

Halftime: WF 45, S 43. End of Regulation: WF 83, S 83. 3-pointers: Strom 5, Wolbaum, Montplaisir, Idso, Eisenzimmer, Schock, Sauvageau. Totals fouls: S 23, WF 23. Rebounds: S 41 (Rotunda 11), WF 54 (Holland 17). Turnovers: S 15, WF 15.

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