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Sweet tooth part of record night for Fargo North's Sem

Fargo North's Siman Sem drives to the basket against Fargo Shanley on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at the Spartandome at Fargo North High.David Samson / The Forum1 / 2
Fargo North's Siman Sem and teammate Dan Hollaar position themselves for a rebound against Fargo Shanley's Aaron Seefeldt on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at the Spartandome at Fargo North High.David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

FARGO—Since his sophomore season, Fargo North senior guard Siman Sem has eaten Skittles candy before every game. On Monday, he ate Starburst. On Monday, Sem broke his own school record for points in a game with 45 against Fargo Shanley.

He's not ready to give up on the Skittles yet.

"We'll see about that," Sem said. "I might have to change things based on how I feel that day."

Sem was feeling it on Monday. He hit 12 of the 22 shots he took, including 4 of the 10 shots he took from beyond the 3-point line. Sem hit 17 of the 19 free throws he attempted, breaking the school record for free throws made in a game. The school record for rebounds in a game is 25. Sem currently is listed as having 21, which also came Monday, to go along with six steals, six assists and three blocked shots. But North coach Ted Critchley said they'll review the tape because he thinks Sem may have had more than 21 rebounds.

"That was something," Critchley said of Sem's performance. "I think his rebounding is going to be higher. Every ball he wanted at the end of the basketball game. The 45 is something else because I really didn't know he had that much. The manner in which he got it was not shooting a lot. He got 45, but didn't put it together a forceful way."

Critchley originally was going to give Sem a jar of 1,000 Skittles before Monday's game, in honor of Sem getting the 1,000th point of his career on the road last Friday. Problem was, 1,000 Skittles in a jar didn't look like much, so Critchley went with M&M's.

There was plenty of candy involved, but nothing from Monday was as sweet as Sem's shot. Only 14 scoring performances in the history of North Dakota Class A boys basketball rank ahead of Sem's 45-point showing on Monday. He did it with North Dakota State assistant coach Jayden Olson in the crowd.

Sem, however, credited his teammates. If it weren't for Anders Kjar's 3-pointer at the end of regulation that sent the game to overtime, Sem wouldn't have had the extra frame to add eight points and break the school record.

"It was all my teammates giving me the ball," Sem said. "I had to show some leadership and bring us back. You can't do it all by yourself. You have to have your teammates step up. Anders hit a big shot and helped us get the win.

"My favorite part of the night was just getting the win. It was a long win. It stretched out a bit. Hitting some free throws toward the end was one of my favorite parts of the night."

N.D. Class A scoring leaders

Here is a list of the all-time, single-game scoring leaders in North Dakota Class A high school boys basketball, according to The Hoopster magazine.

Name Points

Bob Eaglestaff, Fort Yates, 1970 69

Aanen Moody, Dickinson, 2016 56

Aanen Moody, Dickinson, 2016 55

Marshall Gray, Stanley, 1969 54

Tom Erdmann, Minot Ryan, 1968 52

Justin Belohlavek, Mandan, 2007 51

Mike Montgomery, GF St. James, 1968 51

Mark Refling, Bottineau, 1968 51

Mike Kuppich, Fargo Shanley, 1968 50

Doyle Heisler, Devils Lake, 1980 48

Tanner Kretchman, Fargo Davies, 2013 47

Tanner Kretchman, Fargo Davies, 2013 46

Chad Swenson, Wahpeton, 1983 46

Orell Schmitz, Williston, 1965 46

Patrick Strom, Fargo Shanley, 2014 45

Collin Trottier, WF Sheyenne, 2016 45

Siman Sem, Fargo North, 2017, 45

Note: West Fargo junior Joe Pistorius scored 43 points in a game earlier this season.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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