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Boys basketball splits pair of games

The West Fargo boys basketball team ended its three-game losing streak last week, but their momentum didn’t last too long.

The Packers started out by beating the Grand Forks Red River Roughriders 87-68 on Thursday, but followed it up with a 58-57 loss to Fargo South the next day.

After shooting just 37 percent from the field in their previous game, the Packers made 50 percent of their shots on Thursday, thanks to lights-out performances from junior Melvin Collins and senior Nick Eisenzimmer.

“It was nice to make some shots against Red River,” head coach Greg Limke said. “Melvin and Nick shot the ball well and took good shots within the flow of the offense.”

Collins managed to score 25 points to go with eight rebounds, and he went 7-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Eisenzimmer scored 23 points in the game, including four 3-pointers.

Junior Brady Heisler had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

On Friday, the team was led by senior forward Travis Schock, who scored 21 points in 31 minutes of play, but two 16-point performances from Fargo South players kept the Packers at bay.

Senior center Ben Holland had seven points and eight rebounds against the Bruins.

With just one game left in the regular season, the Packers are currently the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Dakota Conference.

They travel to top-ranked Fargo Davies tomorrow night for a 7:30 game. West Fargo earned an eight-point victory over the Eagles on Friday, Jan. 24.