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Forum staff reports, Published March 09 2014

Grovers’ state title starts to sink in

FARGO – Fargo Oak Grove earned the North Dakota Class B boys basketball state championship in dramatic fashion, rallying for a 68-58 overtime victory against previously unbeaten Rugby in the title game Saturday night at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

The Grovers (26-2) trailed by seven points with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but rallied to force overtime. Oak Grove scored all 10 of the points in the overtime to secure its first state boys basketball championship since 2000.

“It never seemed like we were in trouble,” Oak Grove head coach Kyle Card said Sunday. “I could just sense it in the guys. … It is kind of sinking in a little bit here.”

Grovers junior point guard Carter Kretchman played a big role in the comeback, draining a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key with 41 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter that tied the score at 58-58 and forced the extra session.

Kretchman finished with a game-high 36 points, including six in overtime, to help ice the victory. Kretchman was 5-for-7 on

3-pointers and 11-for-11 from the foul line.

“He wasn’t going to be denied,” said Card, who was also an assistant for the 2000 state title team.

Kretchman and the Grovers clinched the state championship Saturday night moments after Carter’s older brother, Tanner Kretchman, helped Fargo Davies earn the Class A East Region boys basketball championship at the Bison Sports Arena.

Carter Kretchman and junior guard Christian Adams were each named to the Class B all-tournament team for the Grovers. Adams had 11 points in the title game. Kretchman was named most valuable player in the tournament. Oak Grove had three senior starters on this title team, Coulton Dangerfield, Nick Card (Kyle’s son) and Austin Promersberger.

“I think of everyone contributing and doing their job,” Kyle Card said. “With my son (being on the team), I think that makes it a little more special.”