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Grovers' Christianson tops 1,000 points

Oak Grove's Andrew Christianson (10) applies pressure Friday to Beulah'a Mason Dolbec during the Jimmie Basketball Holiday Classic at Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 3
Oak Grove's Tyrell Rodriguez moves to the basket Friday under pressure by Beulah'a Shaye Yeager during the Jimmie Basketball Holiday Classic at Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 3
Beulah's Logan Miller, center, hangs on to the ball Friday as Oak Grove's TJ Anderson, left, tries to strip it while Ben Hoggarth looks on during the Jimmie Basketball Holiday Classic at Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun3 / 3

Andrew Christianson kicked off Christmas early.

The Fargo Oak Grove senior standout surpassed 1,000 career points Friday night at Harold Newman Arena. Christianson's game-high 26 guided the 10th-ranked Grovers past second-ranked Beulah 66-56 in Class B boys basketball action at the Jimmie Basketball Holiday Classic.

"It's an honor to get 1,000 points, but most importantly we got a win against a great Beulah team," Christianson said. "It was a fun matchup in a nice arena, and there's nothing more I'd rather get than a win."

Oak Grove, the defending Region 1 champion, is off to a hot 4-0 start. The team is coming off a 20-win season that saw the Grovers capture fourth at the Class B state tournament.

Christianson entered the game needing 12 points to reach 1,000. He flew past the milestone with a 25-foot trey from the left wing 2 minutes into the third quarter to put Oak Grove ahead 39-28.

The 6-foot-3 wing hit four 3-pointers and looked sharp inside University of Jamestown's sparkling new facility.

"I seen pictures, but just being here and being inside the locker rooms; it's a great place and a great atmosphere," Christianson said. "Jamestown's got a good program going, so I'll have to look into it."

Oak Grove shot out to a 22-11 lead after one period behind 12 of Tyrell Rodriguez's 20 points. The Grovers led 35-28 at the half.

Beulah struggled after the break, committing five turnovers and six fouls in the third, as the Grovers pushed the advantage to 52-40 after three. Derek Ferebee scored 19 for the Miners, while senior teammate Jacob Wegiel buried three treys and finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Beulah (2-2) also fell 64-60 at Des Lacs-Burlington (2-3) on Tuesday. The Miners won 20 games last winter before falling to Dickinson Trinity in the Region 7 championship game.

"Right now I just don't think we're tough enough," Beulah coach Jeremy Brandt said. "We've played some good teams, granted, and hopefully that'll toughen us up mentally. Tonight, transition defense obviously hurt us and the offensive glass hurt us.

"But that's why we play good teams. They expose what we need to work on and what we need to get better at."

Oak Grove has games with ninth-ranked Hillsboro-Central Valley, seventh-ranked Shiloh Christian and Dickinson Trinity, which was receiving votes in this week's media poll, after Christmas.

"We just want to keep it going. Our motto is four quarters," said Christianson, who averaged 22.3 points per night last winter as a junior. "We've got a tough stretch with some tough teams, and it's a really good test for us. We know we've got the talent, we just gotta rotate the ball around and keep playing hard."

Solen 64, Park Christian (Minn.) 59.

The Solen Sioux erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to stay undefeated and move to 6-0 on the season.

Solen rifled off an 11-0 run against Park Christian (Minn.) to knot the score at 57-all with 4 minutes to play. A 3-pointer by Ty Yellow Hammer handed the Sioux a 60-59 advantage with 1:11 remaining and the Sioux would put the contest on the ice, limiting the Falcons (1-6) to just a pair of field goals and six total points in the fourth quarter.

Solen's Jayce Archambault led all scoring with 26 points.

Jimmie Basketball Holiday Classic

At Harold Newman Arena

(10) Oak Grove 66, (2) Beulah 56

BEU 11 28 40 56

OAK 22 35 52 66

BEU—Derek Ferebee 19, Jacob Weigel 15, Mason Dolbec 9, Logan Miller 6, Trey Brandt 4, Shaye Yeager 2, Aaron Vallejo 1. Totals: 22-54 FG, 8-13 FT, 16 Fouls, 30 Rebounds (Weigel 10), 14 Turnovers. 3-pointers (4-13): Weigel 3, Ferebee.

OAK—Andrew Christianson 26, Tyrell Rodriguez 20, TJ Anderson 8, Kaleb Card 5, Mayson Bolme 4, Ben Hoggart 2, Jacob Teigen 1. Totals: 25-55 FG, 10-16 FT, 14 Fouls, 33 Rebounds (Rodriguez 8, Teigen 6), 12 Turnovers. 3-pointers (6-15): Christianson 4, Card, Anderson.

Records: OAK 4-0. BEU 2-2.

Solen 64, Park Christian (Minn.) 59

SOL 15 32 46 64

PC 19 38 53 59

SOL—Jayce Archambault 26, Brent Carry Moccasin 14, Ty Yellow Hammer 14, Jayce Red Water 6, Jaycee Thunder Hawk 2, Rasheed Weasel 2. Totals: 23 FG, 11-12 FT, 14 fouls. 3-pointers: Archambault 3, Carry Moccasin 2, Yellow Hammer 2.

PC—Tanner Brunsberg 20, Steele Senske 18, Ethan Jorgensen 7, Darien Bogenrief 5, Will Lavelle 3, Brock Aamodt 2, Allen Daugherty 2, Kai Nellermoe 2. Totals: 20 FG, 12-19 FT, 14 fouls. 3-pointers: Senske 4, Jorgensen, Brunsberg, Lavelle.

Records: SOL 6-0. PC 1-6.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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