FARGO — Fargo Davies proved that it belongs atop the polls as the Eagles ran away from No. 2 West Fargo Sheyenne 74-47 in Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball Friday at Davies High School.
The Eagles cruised past what was seen going into the game as their greatest competition in the EDC, but head coach Bart Manson kept the game in perspective.
“Like I’ve said, it’s early January,” Manson said. “It was a fun game. It was a great crowd, it was electric in there. I just thought our kids tonight came out and they competed. We did enough defensively to make sure we got stops. I thought our guys did a really good job of rebounding the ball and not letting them get second chances.”
The Eagles and Mustangs entered the game holding down the top two spots in the state-wide polls and were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the EDC in just about every major team stat. And Manson said he won’t be surprised to see the Mustangs make some noise later in the season.
“There were moments where we got tested tonight and Sheyenne is a really good basketball team,” he said. “We’re not counting them out. They’re going to be there at the end, there’s no question. They’ve got a great group of kids and they’re well-coached. They’re going to respond and be ready for us when we go back and play again. But there’s a lot of basketball to play.”
The Eagles rode a dominant defensive effort and a hot night by sixth-man Ty Satter. Davies held Sheyenne to 26 points below their season average of 73 points per game. Additionally, the Eagles held the Mustangs' leading scorer, Blake Berg, to just 10 points — seven points fewer than his season average of 17. He was shut out from the field in the first half and went 6-for-13 from the free throw line.
“We knew we had to stop Blake Berg,” Satter said. “He’s a great player, probably one of the best players in the EDC. And I think we did a good job of that tonight. We rebounded, couldn’t let them get offensive rebounds. The aggressor wins in most basketball games and we were the more aggressive team.”
After a back-and-forth first seven minutes, Satter came off the bench with 11 minutes to go in the first half and kicked off a 19-4 run by the Eagles. He scored 15 points in the run with a pull-up jumper, two 3-pointers, a converted and-1, a fast-break layup and two more free throws. The Eagles went from a 9-9 tie to a 28-13 lead over that stretch.
“The NBA gives a sixth-man award and for us, it's Ty Satter,” Manson said. “His spark and his energy that he creates every night, and tonight he was just dynamite. I could see it in his eyes, he was ready to play. He’s such a competitor and a gamer. I knew he was going to line up and play well tonight.”
Satter finished with a team-high 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting and was 6-for-7 from the line. Grayson Haman followed with 15 points, while Justice Noel scored 13.
“I know my job,” Satter said. “I know my role and that’s to come in and maybe hit a couple shots and get the team going if we start out slow. I think I did a pretty good job of that tonight, but the team played great and rebounded and played defense.”
The Mustangs came out hot in the second half, cutting the deficit to single digits after Chuck DuBois hit a 3-pointer to push the score to 40-31. But Grayson Haman answered right back with a 3 of his own for the Eagles to make it a double-digit game again. The Eagles also took control on the boards. Six-foot-7 Cameron Van Dam and 6-8 senior Nate Hensel both got put backs about a minute away from each other and Davies was off to the races.
The Eagles outrebounded the Mustangs 43-33. Owen Hektner and Justice Noel each had eight rebounds, while Grayson Haman and Hensel each had seven.
“Look at the game Nate Hensel played,” Manson said. “He was just a man in there and rebounded. They cut it back down to 10 or 12 points and Nate got some baskets and got some rebounds and just was a giant in there tonight for us.”
Fargo Davies: Satter 22, Haman 15, Noel 13, Hensel 7, Van Dam 6, Hektner 5, Hage 5, Bitz 1.
WF Sheyenne: Berg 10, Dettman 10, DuBois 9, Moni 8, Terhark 8, Leake 2.