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North escapes in OT

Only leg cramps could stop Nik Savageau, and even that is questionable. Fargo South would know best. Savageau, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, dominated the second half and overtime by scoring all of his 27 points to carry Fargo North past the visiting Bru...

Zac Akers

Only leg cramps could stop Nik Savageau, and even that is questionable. Fargo South would know best.

Savageau, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, dominated the second half and overtime by scoring all of his 27 points to carry Fargo North past the visiting Bruins 101-92 Friday night in a wildly entertaining contest filled with huge individual performances.

North's Jordan May scored a game-high 33 points, while South's Jordan Allard recorded a triple-double with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Bruins teammate Dustin Herrmann, the recipient of many Allard passes, finished with 24 points and eight rebounds.

"That was wild," North coach Dan Shultis said. "That was something."

The star of the night ended up being Savageau, a transfer from South who went scoreless in the first half. Going aggressively to the basket, he single-handedly rallied North from a six-point deficit with 3:30 remaining by scoring 11 straight points to tie the score 77-77 with 1:15 left.

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After the game went to overtime tied at 79, Savageau opened the extra session by hitting a 3-pointer and scoring an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Spartans an 84-79 edge.

"I just had to get warmed up in the first half," Savageau joked. "In the second half, things started to roll and I started getting to the basket. I just kept taking what they gave me. Things started clicking and I rolled with it."

Savageau's crowning moment might have been an acrobatic tip-in midway through the overtime on which he leaped, grabbed a rebound in the air and made the basket over a taller South player. Bothered by leg cramps during most of the second half, Savageau collapsed to the floor after the tip-in and had to leave the game. He returned after a brief rest.

"I kept trying to get fluids in me the whole game, but I couldn't stop cramping," Savageau said.

The first half was a battle between May and Allard. May finished the half with 18 points while Allard had 16. South led 42-36 at halftime.

South led by six, 72-66, with 3 1/2 minutes left. But a driving basket by Savageau cut South's advantage to 77-75 with 1:22 left.

Then Casey Callaghan took a charge - a play on which Herrmann fouled out - and Savageau followed with another driving layup to tie it at 77-77.

Allard's leaner gave South a 79-77 lead with 59 seconds left, and May missed a 3-pointer for the Spartans. Allard's miss with 32 seconds left gave North another chance and Zach Wehri's bucket with 25 seconds remaining tied it 79-79.

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"Obviously we cannot give up 101 points, but I thought we played well," South coach Mike Hendrickson said. "I thought our kids played hard and they were having fun. That is something we wanted to work on - playing the way we practice and I believe we did that."

Two key statistics tilted North's way: The Spartans shot 43 free throws, making 29, and South had 29 turnovers.

SOUTH (1-3 EDC, 4-3 overall): Felch 0 0-0 0, Dobberstein 2 1-2 5, Gross 1 0-0 2, Allard 9 8-12 27, Everson 1 0-0 2, Kareem 8 1-2 18, Kramer 3 1-2 7, Meyers 2 2-2 7, Herrmann 10 4-6 24. Totals: 36 17-26 92.

NORTH (1-1, 2-3): Gross 0 0-0 0, Callaghan 1 0-3 2, Schmidt 1 0-0 2, Warkenthien 1 2-4 4, Nik Savageau 9 8-12 27, Finger 0 0-0 0, Z. Wehri 4 2-3 11, Akers 7 3-4 17, May 11 9-10 33, S. Wehri 0 5-7 5. Totals: 34 29-43 101.

Halftime: South 42, North 36. Regulation: 79-79. 3-point goals: Allard, Kareem, Meyers, Savageau, Z. Wehri, May 2. Total fouls: South 30, North 22. Fouled out: Allard, Herrmann, Z. Wehri, May.

Fargo North 101, Fargo South 92

- The story: Jordan May scores 33 points to lead the Spartans.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike McFeely at (701) 241-5580.

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McFeely's blog can be found at www.areavoices.com

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