Eagles soar past Jays
Andrew Kozlowski and Tanner Kretchman were a handful for Jamestown on Saturday night.
“They’re best of friends and they play like it,” Davies coach Bart Manson said. “It’s true chemistry on the floor and it’s fun to see.”
Kozlowski nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 34 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He was 13-of-24 from the field including 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Kretchman was just as dangerous, hitting five 3-pointers in a 26-point night that included seven assists.
By the time the two came off the floor with about 3 minutes remaining, they had accounted for 60 of their team’s 90 points.
“That guard tandem — they’re a high-level, talented group,” Jamestown coach Kelley Kessler said. “And not just those two. The other guys play off them very well. It’s a pick-your-poison with that group.
“That’s where we aspire to be some day.”
No. 2-ranked Davies led 38-22 with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half, when Kretchman dribbled to the right wing and tossed a long pass up for Kozlowski, who grabbed ahold of the ball in mid-air and slammed it home.
Even Jamestown’s crowd cheered with amazement.
“It works a lot. We have some fun with it,” Kozlowski said. “Me and Tanner play summer ball together, and it’s always fun to get the crowd going. It’s kind of something we look for in transition.”
Basketball cliche or not, it was truly a game of runs.
Davies used a trio of 3-pointers to start the game on a 16-2 run. Another 13-0 run in the first half gave the Eagles a 36-16 advantage.
However, Jamestown fought back, holding Davies to one field goal and two free throws in the final 5:06 to get within 12 at 51-39 by halftime. Kretchman and Kozlowski scored all of Davies’ points in a 21-7 run in the second half that provided plenty of breathing room.
“I have to give them a lot of credit — they fought all night long,” Manson said of the Blue Jays. “They just kept battling. I told our kids (at halftime) that this game isn’t over. We knew the first four minutes of the second half would be the tale of this game. We came out and had a nice run.”
Though the defense had a tough time guarding Davies, Jamestown had one of its better nights, offensively. Nick Fuchs, Ashton Johnson and Marc Wagner each finished with 17 points.
“We’ll take that. The scoring part of it I’m happy with,” Kessler said. “We’ll have opportunities to defend other (teams). We’ve just got to keep working.”
Jamestown sophomore Logan Anderson, fresh off his 17-point outing in a win over Mandan on Tuesday, was held scoreless and didn’t play most of the first half because of foul trouble. He played less than 11 minutes in the game, fouling out late in the second half.
The Blue Jays (1-1) get back into the conference schedule on Tuesday, when they visit Minot (1-1).
Fargo Davies 101, Jamestown 71
Fargo Davies 51 50 — 101
Jamestown 39 32 — 71
Fargo Davies — Andrew Kozlowski 34, Tanner Kretchman 26, Collin Larson 14, Ahmed Hirsi 8, Dylan Berg 7, Al Bates 3, Kellen Feeney 2, Grant Geffre 2, Conor Rayl 2, J.D. Arguelles 2, Matthew Veit 1. Totals: 38-78 FG, 14-22 FT.
Jamestown — Nick Fuchs 17, Ashton Johnson 17, Marc Wagner 17, Tyler Ukestad 7, Scott Nelson 6, Peyton Walker 2, Ross Monson 2, Tanner Lunzman 2, Landon Weiser 1. Totals: 25-63 FG, 14-25 FT.
3-pointers: D 11-27 (Kretchman 5, Larson 4, Kozlowski 2), J 7-17 (Johnson 3, Wagner, Ukestad, Nelson, Fuchs). Rebounds: D 52 (Kozlowski 10), J 36 (Fuchs 7). Assists: 25 (Kozlowski 9, Kretchman 7), J 19 (Anderson 4, Johnson 4). Steals: D 10 (Feeney 3, Kretchman 3), J 6 (Johnson 2). Blocks: D 2 (Bates 2), J 0. Total fouls: D 23, J 22. Fouled out: J, Logan Anderson. Turnovers: D 16, J 19.
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