SHATTUCK – It took overtime for the Fargo boys basketball team to defeat Shattuck on Monday night. All five Fargo starters ended the night in double figures as the visiting Bearcats squeaked by the Indians 65-60.

“That’s what makes us so dangerous,” said Fargo head coach Allan Tune. “All five of my boys can score.”

Fargo’s solid free throw shooting sealed the deal as Trey Long went 5-5 from the stripe in the extra frame.

Shattuck’s Blake Holley had 26 points to lead all scorers, but none were bigger than a three pointer from the right corner that sent the game into overtime.

“Blake plays hard, he was hot tonight,” said Shattuck coach Tyson Bullard, who was happy with the way his team played.

“We showed what kind of team we are tonight,” said Bullard. “The kids did everything I asked them to tonight, if we show some commitment we can play with anyone in Northwestern Oklahoma.”

Fargo’s Trey and Trevor Long looked especially sharp in the first half of play, knocking down shots from everywhere on the court and consistently getting to the free throw line. Luke Moyer chipped in on the offensive end of the court as well with spot on shooting, and aggressive rebounding, helping the Bearcats to build a 22-9 lead by the end of the first.

Shattuck’s Dan Hutson, who was a force inside the paint all game long scoring 18 points, came up with several key blocks in the second half and helped the Indians claw their way back into the game. Fargo had no answer for Hutson inside and behind his solid post play the Indians were able to cut the lead to just four before the start of the fourth quarter.

The Fargo lead disintegrated in the fourth, as the Bearcats shot just 3 for 9 from the charity stripe in the last six minutes of quarter number four opening the door for the Indians to force overtime.

Despite a strong start for Shattuck in the extra period, the Fargo defense soon proved too much for the Indians, who turned the ball over six times during the overtime.

The girls game that opened the night featured a convincing Indian win. Shattuck’s Kelsey Albright scored 22 points, including 10 in the first quarter as the Indians routed the Lady Bearcats 65-30.

“This was our best game defensively, the Albright girl had one of her best games,” said Indian coach Kenna Young.

Fargo turned the ball over far too often in the early stages of the game and trailed by 20 at the halftime break.

The Indians defense was smothering in the second half as Shattuck’s Jamie Sanchez forced turnover after turnover and ran the offense effectively at the other end helping the Indians to increase their lead to 36 by third quarters end.

The Bearcats never seemed to find an offensive rhythm, missing open shots and struggling from the free throw line all night.

“I don’t know if it was us or if Fargo came out flat, but they were missing shots that they usually make all night,” said Young.

The Lady Bearcats will welcome the upcoming break as they prepare to take on Gage on Jan. 2.

Shattuck will resume play on the same day as they travel to Vici.

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