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Tom Mix, Published December 16 2013

No. 7-ranked Fargo Oak Grove tops Sargent Central in boys hoops

FARGO – Fargo Oak Grove found itself in a hole early Monday night at Gorder Gymnasium.

The Govers didn’t stay down long, and eventually cruised to an 85-61 North Dakota Class B boys basketball victory over Sargent Central.

The Cadets (1-4) grabbed an early 11-3 lead in the opening minutes of the game, but the No. 7-ranked Grovers closed the first quarter on a 20-2 run.

“The run was nice,” said Oak Grove senior forward Nick Card. “We didn’t come out with a lot of energy, but we started to put it to them a little bit.”

Card finished with 18 points and posted a team-high nine rebounds for the Grovers (4-0).

“We didn’t play well early on, and that was something we thought might happen after not playing for a week,” Oak Grove head coach Kyle Card said. “Those Monday night games can be tough, but the guys picked it up there at the end of the quarter. Nick (Card) and Carter (Kretchman) started to get going and the helped out a lot.

Junior guard Carter Kretchman scored nine of his team-high 22 points in the first quarter.

The Grovers also held a 20-8 edge in rebounding over the Cadets in the first half.

“We just let their shooters get hot,” Sargent Central head coach Rod Kramer said. “We did a great job of moving the ball up the court in the first five minutes, but then they got hot. They do a great job of getting to the basket.”

Senior 6-foot-4 center Devin Arp led the Cadets with a game high 31 points and five rebounds. Arp scored nine of the Cadets’ first 11 points and scored all 13 of his team’s points in the fourth quarter.

Junior guard Christian Adams joined Kretchman and Card in double figures finishing with 15 points including three 3-pointers.

The Grovers shot well from the perimeter connecting for a total of 10 3-pointers in the game from six different players.

SC 23 46 48 61

OG 13 24 72 85

SARGENT CENTRAL (1-4): Peterson 2 1-1 5, Zirnhelt 4 0-0 8, Wyum 5 1-2 12, Bergh 1 1-2 3, Arp 12 5-8 31, Mlnarik 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 8-13 61.

OAK GROVE (4-0): Kretchman 9 2-2 22, C. Dangerfield 2 1-2 5, Adams 6 0-0 15, Promersberger 1 1-2 3, Card 9 0-0 18, Teigen 0 1-2 1, Richards 2 0-0 6, J. Dangerfield 1 0-0 3, Mistelski 3 0-0 7, Slagle 2 0-0 5. Totals: 34 5-8 85.

3-pointers: Kretchman 2, Adams 3, Richards 2, J. Dangerfield, Mistelski, Slagle, Wyum. Total fouls: OG 14, SC 8. Rebounds: SC 20 (Arp 5), OG 29 (Card 9). Turnovers: SC 11, OG 7.

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