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Riders down Wahpeton 67-49 in boys basketball

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Wahpeton's Munezero Desire (left) knocks the ball out of Red River guard Brady Dvorak's hands on a first half rebound Saturday afternoon at Red River High School. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald2 / 5
Red River forward Bryce Enerson (24) steals the ball from Wahpeton's Blake Matejcek (center) in the first half Saturday's matinee basketball game. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald3 / 5
Wahpeton guard Edward Vasquez is surrounded on all sides by Red River's Brady Dvorak (1), Jackson Feller (15) and Khamani Steckler (22) Saturday afternoon in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald4 / 5
Red River's William Obioha (0) goes toe-to-toe with Wahpeton center Blake Matejcek (42) during the tip-off of Saturday's basketball game in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald5 / 5

The added dimension to Bryce Enerson's game showed again Saturday.

The junior's inside-outside game sparked Grand Forks Red River to a 67-49 boys high school basketball win against visiting Wahpeton.

Enerson had team highs of 17 points and 15 rebounds. The junior hit a 3-point shot early in the first half and also had six points on offensive rebound putbacks. The 3-pointer was his 11th of the season—seven more than Enerson made all of last season.

"I'm still more of an inside player,'' said the 6-foot-2 Enerson, who has hit as many as four treys in a game. "I am shooting more 3-pointers this year. I put up a lot of shots over the summer to expand my range. I'm more confident shooting.

"We don't have a lot of height so I have to be more of an inside player.''

Red River had a strong game on the boards, with six offensive rebound putback baskets. Two of those were by 6-foot-6 sophomore Khamani Steckler, who came off the bench to score 12 points and grab five rebounds.

"We've been close to most teams in rebounds every game,'' Red River coach Kirby Krefting said. "But coming back from the way we played Thursday (in a 77-66 loss to Grand Forks Central), we played like we had something to prove today. It was just good, old-fashioned hard work.

"Bryce's game is getting to the basket. But if defenses sag off him, he has the green light to shoot. He can play inside and outside. He's a tough matchup. And Khamani's game was a nice add today. He has some nice post moves.''

William Obioha added 14 points and Brady Dvorak 10 for the Roughriders, who improved to 6-4.

The Riders took control early. A 10-0 run gave Red River an 18-6 lead. Then another 8-0 spurt increased the lead to 26-11 and Wahpeton faced a double-figure deficit the rest of the way.

Red River led 37-20 at halftime and by as many as 25 points (67-42) in the second half.

"The first thing I told our kids before the game was that we had to rebound,'' Wahpeton coach Jeff Ralph said. "If we could do that, we could win; if not, we'd be in big trouble. And with the exception of a few games, we have outrebounded teams this year.

"But they (Roughriders) are big, strong kids. They're athletic.''

Josh Darwin scored 13 points and Blake Matejcek 12 to lead the Huskies.