Metro area boys basketball fans should have their eyes on the Fargo Davies-West Fargo boys basketball matchup set for approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday at WFHS.
Both teams are ranked in the latest North Dakota Class A boys basketball poll and are tied for the top spot in the Eastern Dakota Conference. The No. 3-ranked Eagles and the No. 5-ranked Packers both own a 7-1 conference mark and Friday will mark the first of two regular season meetings between these two squads.
Davies (8-1, 7-1 EDC) is on a three-game winning streak since its overtime loss to Fargo South on Jan. 11. During its current winning streak, Davies has averaged 97.6 points per game. Leading the way early on this season has been the veteran guard combo of seniors Andrew Kozlowski and Tanner Kretchman, however a strong supporting cast has begun to emerge for the Eagles.
Junior guard Austin Schultz scored 18 points in Davies latest win over Wahpeton on Tuesday and senior forward Grant Geffre posted 15 points in Davies’ win over Devils Lake on Jan. 18. Junior guard Collin Larson is averaging 8.7 ppg for the Eagles and scored a season-high 18 points in Davies’ 109-64 win over Fargo North last week.
Kretchman leads the EDC with 30.2 ppg and is coming off a 38-point effort against the Huskies. Count on West Fargo’s defense to give the all-state standout plenty of attention. Kozlowski has been both a scoring and rebounding force for the Eagles. The 6-foot-2 guard is averaging 20.4 ppg and 6.8 rebounds per game.
West Fargo (6-3, 7-1 EDC) is led by 6-foot-3 senior forward Travis Schock, who is averaging 21.5 ppg. The Packers are a young, athletic team and began a run of four straight home games against the Eagles. West Fargo is 3-0 on its home court this season including two overtime victories against Wahpeton and Fargo Shanley .
In addition to Schock, the Packers have a solid junior class led by 6-foot-4 center Ben Holland (9.1 ppg) and Brady Heisler (9.3 ppg). Six-foot-3 junior center Melvin Collins is coming off a double-double performance in the Packers 65-64 road win over Fargo Shanley on Tuesday. Collins posted 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Packers will have an advantage in size against the Eagles, so essentially it will likely come down to Davies guard-play production vs. West Fargo’s production in the paint.
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