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Packers boys basketball still undefeated in EDC

Dan Hoy of West Fargo controls the ball near Aaron Muz of Grand Forks Central at the end of the Friday game. The Packers won 54-33 over the Knights.1 / 2
Ryan Berglund of West Fargo looks for a teammate after his shot attempt is blocked by Kyle Graham of Grand Forks Central during the Friday 54-33 victory for the Packers.2 / 2

Surprising to some, the Packer boys basketball team remains undefeated and in first place in the EDC. Yet coach Greg Limke says he isn't putting too much focus on his team's 8-0 conference record.

He's too busy thinking about West Fargo's next game.

"We don't worry about that," he said. "We have to turn the page, and we want the next one. We can reminisce at the end of the season and look back and talk about those things."

In the mean time all the Packers are doing is winning. Fargo North and Grand Forks Central became West Fargo's latest conference victims last week.

West Fargo came back from 14 points down to beat the Spartans in double overtime, 84-77, behind career-highs of 28 and 16 points from seniors Mike Benson and Tyler Gronbeck, respectively. Senior Jason Moch, the EDC's second-leading scorer at 19.8 ppg, had 20 points.

Senior Eric Driscoll nailed two three-pointers back-to-back in the second overtime against Fargo North to seal the West Fargo win.

"They were within 30 seconds of each other, just 'boom, boom,' which was huge," said Benson.

Limke said Driscoll, among the conference leaders in 3-point field goal percentage, is a good shooter.

"North did a good job on him throughout most of the game," said the coach. "Sometimes it's not how many shots you make, it's when you shoot them. Eric picked an opportune time to knock down some huge shots for us."

The pair of threes meant much more than just six points for the Packers. The win stretched the Packers' slim lead over the Spartans in the conference standings to 1.5 games. The road win also dealt Fargo North its first conference loss of the season.

"It was a really big game for us," said Benson. "Their student section is huge, and they were ragging us on. That's always fun motivation to play well."

Driscoll said he was confident something big was going to happen when he entered the game prior to hitting the three pointers.

"I just had this feeling, and luckily they went in. I told Mike (Benson) that I had this feeling but I didn't know what it was," said Driscoll. "It was a big game. It shows where we're at right now and what we need to work on."

Results from Tuesday's road game against third-place Wahpeton were not available before press time. The Packers face Fargo South (1-10 overall) in the Fargodome on Saturday.

Sophomore Chase Farkas is a new starting guard for the Packers after replacing senior Alan Neer in the starting lineup versus Valley City on Jan. 16.

West Fargo will need Farkas and the rest of the team to keep up their solid play as the Packers head down the home stretch of the conference schedule.

"We hope we can continue it [the conference winning streak], but we know it's also kind of put a target on us," said Driscoll. "We have to be ready, because teams will be gunning for us."