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Tom Mix, Published February 04 2014

Scoring run propels Eagles over Fargo Shanley is boys basketball

FARGO – Fargo Davies was looking for something in the second half to put itself over the top Tuesday.

A 15-0 run with just less than 10 minutes to play did the trick.

The outburst of offense helped the North Dakota Class A, No. 5-ranked Eagles to a 94-81 Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball victory over Fargo Shanley at Davies High School.

“That run was huge,” Davies head coach Bart Manson said. “It really broke the game open.”

Davies senior all-state guard Tanner Kretchman connected for a

3-pointer with 7 minutes, 47 seconds left to play, giving the Eagles a 67-57 lead.

By the time the run had expired, the Eagles (11-2, 10-2 EDC) held a 14-point lead, but the Deacons (4-9, 3-8) didn’t go down quietly.

Shanley started to heat up from the perimeter, and leading the way was senior all-state guard Patrick Strom.

Strom connected on three free throws after being fouled on an attempt from beyond the arc making it 77-68 with 4:30 left.

Davies held off the Deacons by getting a boost from its bench. Junior Collin Larson connected for three 3-pointers in the final four minutes to preserve the lead.

“It was a great team win,” Manson said. “We didn’t play very well in the first half and allowed Shanley to penetrate inside. We talked about containing them from getting inside at halftime and not letting them beat us at the free-throw line. We played some zone defense in the second half to bottle neck things.”

The Deacons shot 22 of 26 from the free-throw line, but could not respond fully to Davies’ run.

“We have had problems not playing consistent during a full game this

season,” Shanley head coach Shane Alderman said. “We are improving and are exerting better effort, but we still don’t know how to respond to certain situations.”

Kretchman paced the Eagles with 25 points. Senior guard Andrew Kozlowski added 21 points and six rebounds for Davies, which also exhibited strong ball movement in the victory.

“We have been struggling a little with travel calls so we really tried to slow it down (Tuesday),” Kozlowski said. “We made the extra passes and looked for the open guy.”

Strom poured in a

game-high 32 points for Shanley.

SHANLEY (4-9): Fort 1 2-2 4, Schott 3 9-11 15, Jacobson 2 1-2 5, Strom 11 6-7 32, Garang 3 2-2 10, Wolbaum 2 1-1 5, Caga 3 1-1 8, Erholtz 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 22-26 81.

DAVIES (11-2): Kretchman 9 6-10 25, Kozlowski 9 2-4 21, Berg 2 0-0 4, Schultz 4 0-0 8, Geffre 6 0-0 12, Engel 3 2-2 8, Larson 3 0-0 9, Feeney 2 0-0 4, Hirsi 1 0-0 3. Totals: 39 10-16 94.

Halftime: D 41, S 38. 3-pointers: Strom 4, Garang 2, Caga, Kretchman, Kozlowski, Larson 3, Hirsi. Total fouls: S 16, D 22. Fouled out: Berg. Rebounds: S 28 (Strom 6), D 30 (Engel 7). Turnovers: S 14, D 12.

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