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Deacons get even with WF

FARGO - Fargo Shanley boys basketball fans had their umbrellas ready inside McCormick Gymnasium Tuesday night. They knew Patrick Strom and A.J. Jacobson were about to make it rain. Strom and Jacobson combined for 45 points to help the No. 5-ranke...

FARGO - Fargo Shanley boys basketball fans had their umbrellas ready inside McCormick Gymnasium Tuesday night.

They knew Patrick Strom and A.J. Jacobson were about to make it rain.

Strom and Jacobson combined for 45 points to help the No. 5-ranked Deacons slip past No. 4 West Fargo 68-65, vaulting Shanley into an Eastern Dakota Conference title contender role on the same night Jacobson surpassed 1,000 career points.

"This is a big win," said Jacobson, a junior who finished with 24 points. "West Fargo beat us at their place. We were just trying to get them back. They played a really good game. They were really tough, but I guess it was just our night tonight."

The teams went back-and-forth throughout the game, each appearing to take control of the game at some point only to have the other team come back.

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Strom poured in 12 first-half points to help Shanley keep pace with the Packers.

Kory Wolden nailed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to put West Fargo ahead 31-28 at halftime.

"West Fargo is always tough, they are always scrapping for the ball," said Jacobson, whose team improved to 8-3 overall and 7-3 in the EDC. "They are always trying to get steals. They forced a lot of turnovers by us tonight, and that is something we have to do a better job of."

The umbrellas, which were popped open by several Shanley fans with each Deacons 3-pointer or long jump shot, got a workout in the second half.

Strom drilled a pair of 3-pointers, Jacobson scored 18 second-half points and the Deacons soared to a 59-49 lead with 5 minutes, 12 seconds remaining.

But it was far from over.

West Fargo (7-4, 7-4) got hot from the perimeter as it ramped up the defensive pressure. The combination led to a Packers rally.

The Packers had a potential game-tying 3-pointer from the corner partially blocked as time expired to seal the win for Shanley.

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Travis Schock finished with 15 to lead West Fargo.

"We just kept trying to play hard, kept pushing through it," Jacobson said. "I guess we got through their push."

WEST FARGO: Young 3 0-0 7, Rotert 5 2-2 13, Wolden 2 2-2 7, Hoganson 4 1-1 9, Uetz 1 3-4 6, Schock 5 4-5 15, Johnson 3 0-0 6, Evenson 0 2-2 2. Totals: 23 14-16 65.

SHANLEY: Strom 7 3-4 21, Alderman 2 4-7 9, Strandemo 3 0-2 7, Jacobson 9 5-5 24, Nelson 1 0-0 2, Dunn 2 0-0 5. Totals: 24 12-18 68.

Halftime: WF 31, FS 28. 3-pointers: Young, Rotert, Wolden, Uetz, Schock, Strom 4, Alderman, Strandemo, Jacobson, Dunn. Total fouls: WF 18, FS 17. Rebounds: WF 17 (Young 5), FS 21 (Jacobson 6).

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