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Tom Mix, Published January 03 2014

South tops Shanley in EDC boys basketball

FARGO – Fargo South’s drought without a boys basketball win over Fargo Shanley had nearly reached three years.

Senior guard Colton Lloyd and the Bruins made a resolution to make sure Jan. 3, 2014 was the day the streak ended.

South posted a 69-56 Eastern Dakota Conference victory over the Deacons on Friday at South High School.

Lloyd scored a game-high 26 points and was one assist and one rebound shy of triple double.

“We hadn’t defeated Shanley in two seasons, so coming into the game the coaches and the players were prepared,” Lloyd said.

The last time the Bruins got the best of the Deacons was Jan. 6, 2011.

South (3-3, 2-2 EDC) got in a rhythm early, built a lead and kept putting pressure on Shanley. The Bruins stingy defense forced several of Shanley’s 18 turnovers.

“We knew Shanley is up-tempo team that likes to get up and down the court quick,” Lloyd said. “They put up a ton of shots, so we had to play solid defense, and I thought we did a good job of that.”

South led 29-23 at halftime and out-rebounded the Deacons (1-3, 1-2) 54-33.

“Offensively, we got into a little trouble with a lack of spacing,” Shanley head coach Shane Alderman said. “We got bunched up early and didn’t get the floor balance we would have liked to have. We started a little too quickly and settled a bit with our shots.”

Senior forward Zach Kellen added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins, and senior guard Donte Gardner finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Lloyd held Shanley standout senior guard Patrick Strom to six points in the first half. Strom finished with 19 points – 11 below his 30.7 average.

“He is a great player,” Lloyd said of Strom. “I knew he was going to hit some tough shots, so I just had to stay calm. I got a lot of help from my teammates too.”

Spencer Jacobson added 19 points for the Deacons.

SHANLEY: Jacobson 7 4-5 19, Strom 6 6-8 19, Montplaisir 0 0-1 0, Schott 1 1-2 3, Fort 3 1-1 9, Garang 2 2-3 6. Totals 19 14-22 56.

SOUTH: Lloyd 7 10-12 26, Poss 1 1-3 3, Green 1 0-1 3, Kellen 7 0-1 14, Munzal 2 1-2 5, Gardner 5 2-5 12, Fahrman 2 2-4 6. Totals 25 16-28 69.

Halftime: FS 29, S 23. 3-pointers: Lloyd 2, Green, Strom, Jacobson, Fort 2. Total fouls: FS 20, S 22. Rebounds: FS 54 (Fahrman, Gardner 12), S 33 (Montplaisir 9). Turnovers: FS 14, S 18.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562