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Boys basketball season ends in EDC playoffs

West Fargo's Nathan Sample flips a pass over his head after grabbing a loose ball against Fargo North on Friday during the second round of the EDC tournament at the Bison Sports Arena. David Samson

A season of ups and downs for the West Fargo boys came to an end on Saturday.

The Packers lost two of three games during the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament and were unable to secure a spot in the state tournament this weekend.

The team — entering the tournament as the No. 4 seed — started the week with a 84-63 loss to No. 5 Fargo South on Tuesday evening.

The Packers actually led at halftime, but surrendered 47 points in the second half, while scoring just 25 of their own.

South also scored 23 points off of West Fargo turnovers.

Packer forward Travis Schock led all athletes with 32 points, shooting 71 percent from the field and 75 percent from behind the 3-point line. He also went a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line.

Next for the Packers was junior Brady Heisler, who had eight points and five rebounds, four of them on offense.

The Packers bounced back on Friday with a commanding 62-40 victory over Fargo North at the Bison Sports Arena, thanks to a 25-point performance from Schock and a defensive effort that saw the team get 10 steals and three blocks.

“We came out and got some stops right away,” Schock said. “That just brought along our offense throughout the whole game.”

Senior Griffin Sauvageau had a season-high 15 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes of play. Overall, the team had eight players on the scoreboard.

“Everybody came to play today,” Schock said. “The bench guys had a good game. After today, we are feeling pretty confident about tomorrow.”

Saturday’s game, however, saw a hot-shooting Fargo Shanley jump out to an early lead and stay ahead for a 92-68 win over the Packers and the final state tournament spot.

Schock led the team once again, this time with 21 points and four steals..

Schock finished his senior season with 463 points (21 per game), 34 steals and a spot on the All-EDC team. Junior Melvin Collins, who led the Packers with a field goal percentage 51.6, also made the All-EDC team.