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East Grand Forks pushes forward in second half for 78-63 win over Sacred Heart

Clyde Anderson finished with 20 points as the Green Wave use a 17-4 run between each half to guide victory.

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East Grand Forks' Clyde Anderson reacts after hitting a three in the first half against Sacred Heart Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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EAST GRAND FORKS – On its home court on Tuesday, East Grand Forks put together an impressive run to end the first half and to start the second half to pull away with a 78-63 win over Sacred Heart.

“We knew it was going to be close early, and we could tell they started getting tired. We were able to bring in three to four guys at a time and they’re subbing one or two. You could tell when we were lining up for free throws, their hands were on their knees and we were standing up,” East Grand Forks coach Josh Perkerwicz said.

After the Eagles were up 13-6 early in the game, Clyde Anderson and the Green Wave started their takeover. Three straight possessions with an Anderson three-pointer knotted the score a 15-all and began the shift in momentum.

Ethan Arntson and Landen Denney, who finished with 26 combined points, were high-energy players for Sacred Heart at the start of the game, but that was changed to East Grand Forks’ Anderson and Drew Carpenter shortly after.

“It was huge to capitalize on the mistakes they made. Especially because we are in our own gym. The crowd starts getting into, players feed off that and that’s what people cheer for,” said Perkerwicz.

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Some back-and-forth preceded a 17-4 run for the Green Wave that started with an Anderson three-pointer and then four points from Carpenter heading into the break. Four more points from Carpenter kicked off the second half, part of nine points in the opening minute for the Green Wave.

“Drew really set the tone for us in the first half. He was knocking down some big buckets and defensively he was in the right spot. He was making stops and controlling the offense. It shows his maturity through being the quarterback of the football team and he was our quarterback tonight,” Perkerwicz said.

From there, East Grand Forks needed just enough gas on the pedal to keep things out of reach.

Capitalizing on turnovers from the Eagles, as well as working in easy inside scores, allowed Anderson to finish with 20 points and Austin Rusling to come in and nab 13 in the second half alone.

“You have to limit your turnovers when you are playing East Grand Forks,” Sacred Heart coach Destry Sterkel said. “And for the first half of the first half we were winning the ball game because we were taking care of it and getting good looks. You’re going to have turnovers because of how fast the game is, but you can’t let them stack and stack and stack.”

Toward the end of the game, a small 13-10 run for Sacred Heart kept things from getting out of hand. Their highlight of the second half came in the form of an Arntson and-1 where he out-muscled the Green Wave for an impressive layup.

East Grand Forks, 2-1, now goes on to play Thief River Falls on Friday. Sacred Heart, 0-1, will play Northern Freeze.

East Grand Forks 78,

Sacred Heart 63

First half - EGF 36, SH 29

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EGF – Austin Ruschling 13, Clyde Anderson 20, Chase Lindgren 7, Caleb Johnson 10, Drew Carpenter 14, Cooper Smith 7, Damian Bushaw 1, Caleb Zejdlik 6

SH – Mike Gapp 3, Isaac Sundby 1, Jonny Speicher 1, Josiah Sundby 6, Parker Erickson 9, Ethen Arntson 18, Landen Denney 10, Greg Downs 8, Breck Bloom 4

Digital Content Producer and Sports Reporter at the Grand Forks Herald since December of 2020. Maxwell can be contacted at mmarko@gfherald.com.
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