North Dakota boys basketball notebook

Class A

Bismarck St. Mary’s (1-0) was ranked No. 1 in the first North Dakota Class A boys basketball poll of the season. … I oversee that poll during the winter season and thought that the Saints would open the year with that honor. … St. Mary’s received all 10 first-place votes and backed up its play in a 93-84 win over defending Class A state champions Fargo Shanley last Saturday. … I reported on that contest and the big thing I took away from it is the Saints have a deep veteran lineup that is powered by the big three of Darius Sparks, Ben Weisbeck and Ross Kopp. … Sparks, Weisbeck, and Kopp combined for 74 points. … Tonight the Class A boys basketball season heats up with No. 2-ranked Fargo Davies playing No. 4-ranked Wahpeton. … Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Wahpeton. … Davies is powered by guard play specifically from senior all-state point guard Tanner Kretchman and senior guard Andrew Kozlowski. … Kretchman averaged 24.2 points per game last season and scored a total of 606 points. …  West Fargo host Shanley in its Eastern Dakota Conference opener at 8 p.m. tonight. … Grand Forks Red River (2-0) opened the season ranked No. 5. … The Roughriders travel to play Devils Lake at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Fargo Davies senior point guard Tanner Kretchman averaged 24.4 points per game last season for the Eagles. David Samson / The Forum

Class B

Milnor senior Briton Bussman scored 33 points on Tuesday night in Milnor’s 69-42 win over Barnes County North in the quarterfinals of the Barnes County Tournament at Valley City State. … Bussman’s 33 points is a new personal best for the 6-foot-3 point guard. … Milnor – the defending Class B state champions – are (3-0) and have been ranked No. 1 in the first two Class B boys hoops polls of the year. … No. 2-ranked Four Winds-Minnewaukan, Class B state runner up from a year ago, has been receiving several first place votes in the polls and has opened the year 5-0. … Fargo Oak Grove has started the season 3-0. … Kindred and Central Cass are also undefeated teams, both 2-0, in District 2. … New Town (3-0) leads the state in scoring average posting 87.7 points per game. … The Eagles received votes in the latest Class B poll.

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