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No. 5-ranked Fargo Davies tops Fargo Shanley in EDC boys basketball

FARGO - Every time the Fargo Davies boys basketball team has lost a game this season, the Eagles have answered with a win. The Eagles responded Saturday to their conference loss Tuesday against West Fargo with a convincing 89-65 Eastern Dakota Co...

Al Bates of Fargo Davies
Al Bates of Fargo Davies tries to get to the basket against the defense of Fargo Shanley’s Kevin Wolfe during an Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball game Saturday in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

FARGO – Every time the Fargo Davies boys basketball team has lost a game this season, the Eagles have answered with a win.
The Eagles responded Saturday to their conference loss Tuesday against West Fargo with a convincing 89-65 Eastern Dakota Conference win against Fargo Shanley at McCormick Gymnasium.
“We are getting closer to where we want to be as a team, and we are definitely getting a better feel for this team,” Fargo Davies head coach Bart Manson said.
The Eagles displayed balance on the offensive end of the court, with five players scoring in double figures.
Senior guard Collin Larson scored 16 points to lead North Dakota Class A, No. 5-ranked Davies (12-3, 11-3 EDC).
Manson has tinkered with different lineups all season and on Saturday multiple five-man combinations were working well at moving the ball in the half-court.
“We have a lot of seniors on the team that have experience playing and guys like Collin (Larson) and Austin (Schultz) look to get everyone else on the team going,” said sophomore guard Matthew Veit, who finished with 12 points, nine of which came in the second half.
Davies entered the game third in the EDC standings, and Shanley (10-5, 9-5) was fourth.
“This is a huge win,” Veit said. “We talked about this one being important because Shanley was fourth in the conference and we didn’t want to slip in the standings. This win definitely gets our confidence up.”
Senior forwards Evan Blanchard and Erik Engel each finished with 14 points for the Eagles. Schultz tallied 12 points.
“This was exactly what we needed,” Manson said of Davies’ performance. “We’ve had a couple tough losses to Wahpeton and West Fargo the last two weeks, and both of those teams are very good. Playing on Saturday and getting an extra day helped us. After the loss Tuesday we had to look ourselves in the mirror and simplify a few things.”
Davies led 40-28 at halftime.
“They moved the ball well on us and found the open guy most of the time,” Shanley head coach Shane Alderman said. “We may have over committed on defense at times, but we wanted to be a step up on the perimeter against Collin Larson. That may have took us out of our defense a little. The next step for us is to play a complete game against the teams above us in the standings and the good thing there is we are going to have a couple opportunities to do that in the next couple of weeks.”
Senior forward Kelvin Caga led the Deacons with 20 points. Senior guard Spencer Jacobson added 10 points for Shanley.
Half: D 40, S 28
DAVIES: Schultz 12, Paper 8, Veit 12, Larson 16, Blanchard 14, Bates 5, Engel 14, Olson 2, Rayl 3, Thomas 1, Berry 2.
SHANLEY: Wolbaum 8, Fort 9, Jacobson 10, Caga 20, Rotunda 5, Dauenhauer 8, Saville 3, Kleiman 2.

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