Miners and Bison meet on hardwood
By Jarann Johnson
Hazen and Beulah met up for a Mercer County boys basketball showdown last week. Both teams wanted a win over their rival and for most of the game, the score was close. But in the final six minutes, Beulah took over with a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to earn a 71-55 away win.
Hazen had Beulah fans nervous for most of the game. Hazen led 48-47 at the start of the fourth. Then the teams found themselves knotted at 51-51 with about six minutes to play. That’s when Beulah went on their 14-0 explosion.
Hazen sophomore Garrett Ward broke the run with a pair of free throws, but it was already too late. Beulah only allowed two more Hazen points for the remainder of the game. Hazen played competitively for three quarters but couldn’t put the final touches on a win.
Ben Nelson, Hazen Head Coach, said his team did a great job of taking care of the ball early, which led to their confidence growing and Hazen being able to secure a lead going into the fourth quarter.
“We took care of the ball. For maybe the first time or only the second time all year. I have to look but we won the turnover battle in the first half, which doesn’t happen a whole lot. We took care of the ball well. We were picking our spots. Things like that go your way and you get a little bit of confidence.”