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Eagles offense clicks in win over Clearbrook-Gonvick

The offensive bar has been set high for East Grand Forks Sacred Heart.

The Eagles opened the boys high school basketball season Friday with a 90-46 win against visiting Clearbrook-Gonvick. The point total marked only the second time fourth-year Eagles coach Destry Sterkel's team has reached the 90-point mark.

"Scoring 90 is hard to do in any game,'' Sterkel said. "But if we execute and share the ball, we can put up a lot of points.

"When we run our motion offense like we can, we get good looks.''

Seniors Jordan Tomkinson and Jack Gerber led the way for Sacred Heart.

Tomkinson had a game-high 31 points. The 6-foot-6 Gerber had 21 points. Each grabbed 12 rebounds.

Gerber established himself in the post early, scoring 14 of the Eagles' first 27 points. He was active around the basket and the recipient of several good passes from teammates.

"We got Jack the ball early and he was getting some great looks,'' Sterkel said. "He gets defenses to focus on him and that opens things up for our other guys.

When teams start to double-team Jack down low, our other guys are ready to catch-and-shoot. And we have some phenomenal shooters. Jordan is the best shooter I've been around. Brenden (Bethke, 10 points) can light it up. Oscar (Ortiz, five points) is a good shooter. And Jordan did a good job of getting everybody involved in the offense.''

Sacred Heart took control early. After Erick Bergman hit a trey for the Bears to open scoring, Sacred Heart rattled off 12 unanswered points to take a lead it never relinquished.

Sacred Heart led 61-27 at halftime. The Eagles' biggest lead came when they got to 90 when Jacob Schepp tossed in a hurried free throw with less than two seconds left in running time.

Ethan Dorman scored 13 points and Hunter Ehlers added nine to lead the Bears, a young team with no seniors and only one returning regular from a year ago.

"We're trying to rebuild,'' first-year Clearbrook-Gonvick coach Chris Westrum said. "Our kids played hard until the end. I'm happy with the way we played. But we're young and Sacred Heart has a good squad.''

Sacred Heart faces an intracity matchup when the Eagles host East Grand Forks Senior High at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.