The streaks were running in Grand Forks Red River’s favor Friday night.
The Roughriders, sparked by two big runs early in each half, defeated visiting Devils Lake 62-55 in boys high school basketball.
“We haven’t had a lot of big runs this year,’’ Red River coach Kirby Krefting said. “We know we have the potential to do that. Today we seemed to have confidence in what we were doing.’’
From a points standpoint, the first run was the biggest. The Riders scored 16 unanswered points to take an early 18-6 advantage. Red River never relinquished its lead, but Devils Lake stayed close, scoring the final eight points of the first half to pull within 28-19.
The big-impact run came when the Roughriders scored 12 unanswered points to start the second half, seven of those by junior guard Brady Dvorak, to go up 40-19.
“That run early in the game was nice,’’ Krefting said. “But we started to execute our offense to start the second half. We got some momentum. That set the tone for the second half.’’
Part of the momentum was supplied by the defense of Bryce Enerson. The junior drew charges in each of the big runs, possessions that Red River converted into points.
“Those were big swing spots,’’ Krefting said. “Bryce is a good help defender.’’
Runs have been a familiar theme for Devils Lake -- and not always in a positive way.
“That’s been the story of our season,’’ Firebirds coach Derek Gathman said. “We’re streaky -- it seems like we’ll go on 15-0 runs, or we’re giving up 15-0 runs. Our good is really good; our bad is really bad.
“Our defense was good for the most part today. But they scored a lot in transition. We had trouble getting set up in our defense.’’
Devils Lake closed strong. Red River led 57-39 with four minutes left before the Firebirds narrowed the deficit to the final seven-point margin.
Dvorak finished with a double double, grabbing 13 rebounds to go with his game-high 27 points.
He was one of four Riders with double-figure rebound totals as the taller Firebirds finished with only a 61-59 edge on the boards. Red River also was able to get inside off the dribble to score.
“You’re always a little intimidated by height,’’ Krefting said. “But we moved well without the ball and attacked the rim.’’
Junior 6-foot-8 Grant Nelson had 23 points and 15 boards for the Firebirds, with Josh Dahlen adding 12 points.