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Steve Carnal didn't want a bunch of points. He wound up getting just enough. Carnal's Fargo Oak Grove boys basketball team crashed the boards and scrapped enough to score a 47-42 victory over Moorhead Park Christian during the KX4/Scheels Shootou...

Brett Gunhus

Steve Carnal didn't want a bunch of points. He wound up getting just enough.

Carnal's Fargo Oak Grove boys basketball team crashed the boards and scrapped enough to score a 47-42 victory over Moorhead Park Christian during the KX4/Scheels Shootout on Saturday at the Fargodome.

The five-point margin of victory was the biggest lead of the game.

"If that game gets into the 60s or 70s, we lose," the Oak Grove coach said. "We got it in the 40s, and hung around. That's what we wanted."

Neither team was particularly sharp on offense - both squads shot under 30 percent from the field - but Oak Grove's defense never let the Falcons get out and run.

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"Give Oak Grove credit because they did a good job containing our shooters and our guys that get to the basket," Falcons head coach Randy Schauer said. "We wanted to play our regular game, and it just never happened."

The Grovers also came up with all the key rebounds. The Falcons made just two field goals over the final 5 minutes, 30 seconds because the Grovers weren't allowing hardly any second-chance points.

Oak Grove outrebounded Park Christian 48-36 in the game, getting 13 rebounds from Brady Kays and 10 boards from Sam Olson.

"We did a good job boxing out and we didn't give them any second chances," Carnal said. "I thought we got the game we needed and just hung around."

Kays led all scorers with 11 points, and Cory Samson added 10 for the Grovers.

One night after getting four scorers in double figures in a big sectional win over Norman County East, the Falcons were led in scoring by Ross Eggers' 10 points.

Missing easy shots came back to haunt Park Christian, as the Falcons missed 10 layups in the loss.

"You can't be missing a lot of (layups) like that and expect to win," Schauer said. "If it's a two- or four-foot shot, you've got to finish."

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OAK GROVE: Samson 3 3-4 10, Frith 1 0-3 2, Arneson 3 3-6 9, Frappier 0 1-2 1, Kays 3 5-6 11, Carlson 1 3-4 5, Olson 2 5-6 7, VandeVoort 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 20-31 47.

PARK CHRISTIAN: Gunhus 1 0-0 2, Solberg 3 0-0 6, R. Eggers 4 2-6 10, Gunkelman 2 0-1 5, K. Schwandt 3 1-2 8, Fletcher 2 0-1 4, T. Schwandt 1 1-2 3, Nash 0 2-2 2, Harmelink 0 2-2 2, D. Eggers 0 0-2 0. Totals 16 8-18 42.

Half: PC 19, OG 17. 3-point goals: Samson, Gunkelman, K. Schwandt. Total fouls: OG 17. PC 24. Fouled out: Solberg, R. Eggers, Nash. Rebounds: OG 48 (Kays 13). PC 36 (R. Eggers 8). Assists: OG 6 (Samson 3). PC 6 (Gunhus 4). Steals: OG 7 (Arneson 3). PC 7 (Solberg 2, R. Eggers 2). Turnovers: OG 12, PC 10.

Oak Grove 47, Park Christian 42

- The story: The Grovers control the tempo and the boards for the win.

Readers can reach Forum sports writer Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548. Collins' prep sports blog can be found at www.areavoices.com Making points a premium Kerry Collins 20071216

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