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Tom Mix, Published December 19 2013

Fargo South tops Fargo North in EDC boys basketball

FARGO – Sixteen minutes made a big difference for Fargo South senior Dontae Gardner and the Bruins boys basketball team Thursday night.

Gardner scored a team-high 19 points to help the Bruins to a 72-50 Eastern Dakota Conference win over Fargo North at South High School.

More importantly, the

6-foot-2 starting point guard got plenty of minutes on the court – 27 minutes and 40 seconds to be exact. It was 16 minutes longer than he played on Tuesday in South’s loss to Wahpeton due foul trouble.

With Gardner at the point, South cruised and its offense flourished.

“That was the first comment we made after the game in the locker room,” South head coach Mike Hendrickson said. “We told him, ‘Dontae, when you are on the floor, we are a pretty good team.’ We go through him. When he is in control, that allows Colton (Lloyd) to get out on his own side. We need him on the court.”

Gardner also added five assists and eight rebounds for South.

“Our shots were falling, which they haven’t been the last few games,” Gardner said. “I thought we played as a team and not as individuals.”

The Bruins (1-2, 1-2 EDC) led 44-18 at halftime.

South’s offense had much more substance than its previous loss to Huskies.

“That was something we talked about at practice on Wednesday,” Hendrickson said of the team’s lack of rhythm on offense. “We watched some film and we knew we needed to get better flow to the game because we had no flow in the game against Wahpeton. (Thursday) it seemed like we were trying to do different things and not just throwing the ball inside. We let our guards play a bit, and it was a good mixture.”

Seniors Noah Poss and Lloyd added 15 and 13 points, respectively, for South.

North (1-2, 1-1 EDC) was led by junior center Jake Anderson, who scored 11 points.

“South was pushing the ball up the court the way we wanted to,” North head coach Dan Shultis said. “We were walking up the ball the first five possessions and by that point they had gotten into their groove by pushing the ball, getting easy buckets and getting to the rim. We weren’t the aggressors. We stood back and sort of let things happen.”

Senior guard Bailee McLachlan added 10 points for the Spartans.

NORTH (1-2): Hoeg 1 1-3 5, Boutain 2 3-4 8, Sanford 1 0-1 2, McLachlan 4 0-0 10, Martineau 0 1-2 1, Sem 2 0-2 5, Berisa 1 0-0 2, T. Anderson 2 0-0 4, J. Anderson 4 3-7 11. Totals 19 7-16 50.

SOUTH (1-2): Lloyd 5 2-2 13, Poss 7 1-2 15, Weiler 1 0-0 2, Munzal 3 0-0 6, Kellen 2 0-0 4, Gardner 7 5-5 19, Hovden 0 1-2 1, Staigle 2 2-4 6, Fahrman 3 0-2 6. Totals 30 11-20 72.

Halftime: FS 44, FN 18. 3-pointers: Lloyd, Hoeg, Boutain, McLachlan 2, Sem. Total Fouls: FN 18, FS 13. Rebounds: FN 26 (Sem 8), FS 44 (Gardner, Kellen 8) Turnovers: FN 11, FS 18.


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