Nelson scores 20, but Bruins end game on 14-1 run to beat Devils Lake 74-60.
With the game tight, and the clock ticking, Fargo South went into a full-court trap to slow down the surging Devils Lake Firebirds. And it paid dividends.
The Bruins ended the game on a 14-1 run to come away with the 74-60 victory over the Firebirds Tuesday night from the Sports Center.
“Yeah they ran the full-court trap and I thought for about two-thirds of the game we handled it pretty well, we attacked it, we broke it but we got tired and a little undisciplined and that literally was the difference in the game,” said Firebirds head coach Derek Gathman.
Down 10 with a little over eight minutes remaining in the game, the Firebirds (6-6) went on a 9-2 run themselves across a four minute span that put them within one, 60-59, after Grant Nelson missed the free throw on a 3-point play attempt that would have tied the score. Nelson’s miss came with 4:10 left in the game.
The Firebirds only scored once for the reminder of the contest, a free throw by Michael Widmer with 1:06 left on the clock.
“I talked to the guys and told them that they battled and competed and there’s nothing to be ashamed of but you can’t beat good teams when you turn it over like that,” Gathman said.
The Firebirds finished the game with 33 turnovers.
“If we limit turnovers and play with poise, the win is right there,” Gathman said.
Nelson, whose brother Leif sat out the contest, led the way for the Firebirds with 20 points. Josh Dahlen scored 14 points and Widmer scored 10.
“I told the guys after the game that they should be proud of their effort and energy, they competed and battled with those guys and it’s just the little things. At practice, we can’t be lackadaisical because that’s what happens,” said Gathman.
Kameron Arechigo connected on four 3s, including one with 3:28 left that turned a two point Bruin lead into a five point margin, to finish with 20 points. Kiir Mabor had 19 points and Dany Lahai had 15 as the Bruins ended a five-game slide.
The Bruins (5-7), who didn’t score their first points until nearly four minutes had eclipsed from the game, led Devils Lake 9-2 but the Firebirds rallied and led 21-15 with around seven minutes to go in the first half.
With the game squared at 40 early in the second half, Fargo South went on an 18-8 stretch that gave them the 10 point advantage before the Firebirds went on the run that pulled them to within one.
The Firebirds will be back on the court Thursday as they travel to Fargo to face Shanley. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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Fargo South at Devils Lake box score
Fargo South 35 39 — 74
Devils Lake 33 27 — 60
FARGO SOUTH (5-7) Arechigo 20, Mabor 19, Lahai 15, Brijlall 7, Subasic 5, Enock 4, Mada 2, Weisenberger 2, Rainey 0. Totals 27 11-17 74.
DEVILS LAKE (6-6) G. Nelson 20, Dahlen 14, Widmer 10, Frelich 6, Aanstad 5, Hanson 3, Shepard 2, Greene 0, Bjornson 0. Totals 22 11-20 60.