January 7, 2015

Beulah Boys win home-opener

By Jarann Johnson
Last Saturday’s home-opener for the Beulah Miners boys’ basketball team was eventful. Despite earning a 20-point win over Enderlin, the home crowd’s attention never faded far from the court action.
The Miners made sure that they looked like a state-ranked team from the start of the game with stifling defense. The Miners only allowed five points in the quarter and had a very strong offensive quarter.
The Miners pushed their lead past the 10-point margin for the first time in the game after Josh Remmick made a 3-pointer, and ended the period leading 18-5.
Things seemed to be going as planned for the No. 8-ranked Miners midway through the second quarter when they were up 25-12, but the Miners’ double-digits lead was quickly trimmed. After a 3-pointer by Enderlin senior guard Austin Bartholomay the Miners only led by nine points, 28-19, with 2 minutes left in the first half.
A late shot clock violation by Beulah gave Enderlin a chance to cut into Beulah’s lead more before halftime but the Miners’ defense made up for what the offense lacked in scoring ability.
The Miners forced a turnover and finally broke through on the offensive end with an unlikely attempt falling in for two points. Beulah junior guard Alec Battest attempted a mid-range hanging-floater as the shot clock expired that clunked off the rim and in to give the Miners a 32-21 lead.
After Battest’s basket the Miners grabbed another steal, but Beulah junior guard John William Suter wasn’t ready for a no-look pass by Battest and mishandled the ball out of bounds. The strong defensive close in the first half helped the Miners punch their lead back past 10 points, 32-21.

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