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Eric Peterson, Published March 07 2014

Davies edges South to earn Class A boys state tournament berth

FARGO – Tanner Kretchman may not have his parents at tonight’s East Region boys basketball championship game.

The Fargo Davies senior guard understands their dilemma.

Kretchman scored a game-high 34 points to help lift the Eagles to a 70-65 victory against Fargo South in Friday night’s region semifinals at the Bison Sports Arena.

Top-seeded Davies (19-2) earned a berth to the North Dakota Class A state tournament with a victory. Kretchman’s younger brother, Carter, was also playing Friday night in the Class B state semifinals in Grand Forks.

Carter and his Oak Grove teammates completed a 76-68 semifinal win against Linton-HMB about 10 minutes after Tanner and Davies finished their semifinal victory.

“I’m very, very happy for him,” Tanner said. “It’s something they have worked hard for all year. I wish I could watch it, but with Davies, we have to take care of business, too.”

Both Tanner and Carter will be playing in title games tonight that are scheduled to start around the same time. But the chance for a state title trumps a chance for a region title, so Tanner expects his parents to be in Grand Forks.

“I would assume they will both be at that game,” Tanner said. “I won’t want to know anything during our game. I will be hoping, but I guess we will see after.”

Tanner’s mom, Carla, was at the BSA on Friday, while his dad, Craig, was in Grand Forks at Carter’s game.

Kretchman exploded for 20 points in the second half to help Davies edge past a stingy South team, which had a four-point halftime lead. Davies senior Andrew Kozlowski netted 15 of his 19 points in the second half, pairing with Kretchman to help the Eagles overcome the Bruins.

“You expect big-time players to make big shots in big games,” Davies head coach Bart Manson said.

South point guard Colton Lloyd helped keep the Bruins close late in the game. The 5-foot-10 senior scored 16 of his team-high 27 points after halftime.

“Colton went off on their end, too,” Manson said. “South is a heckuva team. They have been playing really well.”

The Bruins cut the Davies lead to 68-65 after Lloyd drained two free throws with 13 seconds remaining. Eagles senior forward Grant Geffre countered that, sinking two foul shots with 8 seconds to play to seal the victory.

Tanner didn’t know Oak Grove had won until about 20 minutes after his game ended. Carter had 18 points in the Grovers’ state semifinal win.

“They did,” Tanner said of hearing about the Oak Grove victory. “Wow. The stress is gone now.”

SOUTH (13-8): Gardner 4 0-0 8, Rozelle 0 0-0 0, Lloyd 9 4-6 27, Poss 4 3-4 12, Fahrman 3 4-6 10, Staigle 0 0-0 0, Kellen 4 0-0 8. Totals 24-52 11-16 65.

DAVIES (19-2): Geffre 1 2-2 4, Feeney 0 0-0 0, Schultz 2 2-3 7, Larson 2 0-1 6, Kozlowski 8 1-5 19, Berg 0 0-0 0, Kretchman 14 1-2 34, Engel 0 0-0 0. Totals 27-57 8-13 70.

Half: FS 33, FD 29. 3-point goals: Lloyd 5, Poss, Schultz, Larson 2, Kozlowski 2, Kretchman 5. Total fouls: FS 15, FD 15. Rebounds: FS 25 (Fahrman 7), FD 24 (Geffre 6, Kozlowski 6). Turnovers: FS 14, FD 6.

Wahpeton 83, Fargo Shanley 68

Wahpeton senior Jack Christensen eclipsed 1,000 career points to help his team knock off the Deacons in the region semifinals. The 6-foot-2 forward scored 24 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists.

“He’s been just a fantastic player for us,” Huskies head coach Jeff Ralph said. “He is a post player. He is a ball handler. He does everything for us. I thought he was solid all the way around.”

The Huskies scored 13 of the game’s first 15 points and never trailed, building a 41-28 halftime lead. Wahpeton, which led by as many as 22 points, never saw its lead dip into single digits in the second half.

“We just could never make up the difference against a very good Wahpeton basketball team,” Shanley head coach Shane Alderman said.

Christensen needed 20 points entering the game to reach 1,000 for his career. He sank a foul shot with 2 minutes, 28 seconds remaining in the second half to reach the milestone and give his team a 74-60 lead.

Christensen received a large cheer for the Wahpeton fans after he joined the 1,000-point club.

Wahpeton had four players score in double digits, including Christensen. Christensen scored 16 of his points in the second half.

“It was just a team effort,” Christensen said. “It wasn’t a one-man show by any means.”

SHANLEY (8-13): Strom 8 0-1 17, Dauenhauer 0 0-0 0, Garang 1 0-0 2, Rotunda 1 0-0 2, Erholtz 0 0-0 0, Caga 4 3-5 11, Schott 1 2-2 4, Fort 1 0-0 2, Jacobson 4 4-7 12, Wolbaum 3 0-0 8, Leier 3 2-2 10, Montplaisir 0 0-0 0. Totals 20-60 11-17 68.

WAHPETON (17-4): Yaggie 1 0-0 2, Nelson 3 2-3 8, Ralph 0 0-0 0, Dassenko 0 0-0 0, Christensen 6 12-15 24, Irwin 4 6-8 16, Meyer 9 0-0 18, Zarak 3 7-8 15. Totals 26-55 27-34 83.

Half: WHS 41, SH 28. 3-point goals: Strom, Wolbaum 2, Leier 2, Irwin 2, Zarak 2. Total fouls: SH 25, WHS 16. Rebounds: SH 18 (Garang 4), WHS 32 (Christensen 8). Turnovers: SH 8, WHS 10.

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