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Chris Murphy, Published February 13 2014

Kretchman, Kozlowski lead Davies over South in boys basketball

FARGO – Before Fargo Davies took on one of the two teams it had lost to so far this season in Eastern Dakota Conference foe Fargo South on Thursday, Eagles coach Bart Manson told guards Tanner Kretchman and Andrew Kozlowski a lot was on their shoulders.

Whatever it was, the two seniors carried it well, combining for 58 points in Davies’ 88-67 drubbing of South. The Eagles tasted redemption after their 79-68 loss to the Bruins on Jan. 11.

“With seven minutes and 56 seconds to go in the first half we had six points last time,” Manson said. “Tonight, we made shots.”

It was only fitting an alley-oop dunk from Kretchman to Kozlowski be the finishing touches on a dominating win for Davies. The dunk got someone a technical foul, but with a 20-point lead in a rivalry game, it was worth two free throws.

“It was definitely worth it,” said Kozlowski, who finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds. “Not sure what I did. It might have been for hanging on the rim. It’s always been a blast playing with Tanner. We really complement each other well.”

Kretchman didn’t have any compliments for Kozlowski. After the dunk, all that came out was a scream. He had 30 points, including 12 off of 3-pointers, but it was his alley-oop to his teammate since second grade that fired up the crowd.

“Alley-oop like that against a rival is going to bring out some emotion,” Kretchman said. “I’m not sure what happened after that, but I was pumped up.”

South (9-7, 8-6 in the EDC) opened the game on a 10-2 run, but Davies (13-2, 12-2) got a run of its own. The Eagles got within 21-15 before closing the half on a 25-9 run. Kretchman and Kozlowski had all but 11 of the Eagles’ 40 first-half points.

“We talked in practice that now is the time of the year to start stepping up and get better,” Manson said. “I really kind of put it on their two shoulders. They are two seniors who have been around for a long time. Those two played with so much energy that good things happened. If you play hard, good things are going to happen.”

Kretchman and Kozlowski always had an answer for South. Colton Lloyd hit a jumper to pull the Bruins within six at 48-42, but Kretchman responded with two free throws and Kozlowski hit a layup to push it back to a 10-point lead. The Bruins got to within eight at 63-55, but Kretchman responded by burying a 3-pointer. A Bruins free throw made it a 67-58 game, but Kozlowski answered with a runner and the Bruins would never get within single digits again.

“This is huge,” Kretchman said. “Obviously, we had to work on some things from the first time we played them, so we’re improving.”

After a Kretchman layup put Davies up 22-21 early, the Eagles never trailed. A far different scenario from the last time the Bruins and Eagles met.

“Last time we played, we controlled the tempo and the pace,” South coach Mike Hendrickson said. “Tonight, we got into their racehorse basketball. They went on a 25-9 run to end the half and we scored four of those points in the last 30 seconds. We can’t play like that.”

FD (13-2): Kretchman 11 4-4 30, Berg 2 0-0 4, Schultz 1 3-3 5, Kozlowski 11 3-3 28, Bates 2 1-2 5, Larson 3 0-0 9, Feeney 2 0-0 4, Hirsi 1 1-4 3. Totals 33 12-16 88.

FS (9-7): Lloyd 4 4-4 13, Poss 3 4-5 10, Kellen 2 4-6 8, Gardner 7 2-2 18, Fahrman 5 1-5 11, Staigle 0 4-6 4, Green 1 0-0 3. Totals 22 19-28 67.

Halftime: FD 40, FS 30. 3-pointers: Kretchman 4, Kozlowski 3, Larson 3, Lloyd 1, Gardner 2, Green 1. Total fouls: FD 21, FS 14. Rebounds: FD 30 (Kozlowski 14), FS 25 (Fahrman 8).

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