Red Oak's Dylan Fazekas scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Eagles to a 56-39 victory over Fargo in the first round of the Class B boys state tournament Thursday night at State Fair Arena.
Fazekas, a 6-2 senior, was 8-of-12 from the field and pulled down 11 rebounds as No. 3 Red Oak improved to 27-3 on the season.
“He's struggled at different times this year but he's our heartbeat,” said Red Oak coach Trey Booth.
Blu Crose scored 12 points for the Eagles on four three-pointers, and Tyler Parks added 11.
Red Oak seized control of the game with a 12-point scoring run in the second quarter to take a 30-23 halftime lead. Fargo opened the third quarter with a bucket to cut the lead to 30-25 but never got closer.
“We had to kind of ugly it up but that is the way it has to be for us,” Booth said. “That's kind of us, hard-nosed. We found a way to get some stops and I thought our defense got better and better as the game went on.
“We don't have a lot of depth. (Dewayne) Grogan, a 14-year-old freshman, came in and played his tail off when (Emanual) Mercado got in foul trouble.”
Booth praised the defense of his team, especially junior Bryce Deatherage.
“Deatherage handles the basketball and does so much for us and hardly ever gets a breather,” Booth said
Sam Baker led Fargo with 15 points while Tyler Foale added 13. No. 4 Fargo finishes its season at 23-8.