Miners take control of Region 7 lead
BY JARANN JOHNSON
Every year the question is the same for Region 7 boys basketball fans – who’s the toughest team in the region? Most basketball fans answer who ever wins between Dickinson Trinity and Beulah.
On Monday night both teams met for sole possession of first place in the region. Beulah won the battle 67-60 on their home floor to gain control of first place.
The game started with Beulah senior forward Casey Walcker in a shoot-first and ask-questions later mode. Walcker connected on three first quarter 3-pointers, giving his team a 14-5 lead with 5:30 left in the opening frame.
Trinity withstood Walcker’s early hot streak an inched back into the game before the period ended. At the end of the first Trinity trailed by three points, 20-17. Beulah Head Coach Jeremy Brandt talked about Walcker’s hot start to the game.
“We talked about that action where they [Trinity’s defenders] were crossing. But I didn’t think they would give him that much space. We wanted to stay off the sidelines, I thought they were going to try to push everything to the sidelines,” Brandt added.
“We said no dribble handoffs on the sideline nothing like that, especially to start with. They did that first one on their own, and after we did and Casey was open I hollered at John William and said, ‘hey lets keep running that action and see what happens,’ and he [Walcker] made them too.”
Beulah’s defense started the second quarter really strong and Trinity couldn’t figure out a way to score. During the first four minutes of the quarter Trinity was held scoreless.
Willy Jahner broke the scoreless drought with a 2-pointer at the 3:20 mark but things were looking bad for Trinity. Trinity was trailing 31-19 on the road late in the first half.
But just like in the first quarter Trinity figured out a way to counter Beulah’s dominance late in the quarter. Jahner’s jump shot turned into a 10-2 Trinity run, which was aided by two 3-pointers.
Trinity’s run made the halftime score 33-27. With Trinity right in striking distance both teams knew the game was far from over.
Beulah started the second half just like they did in the first half. The offense found Walcker for an open shot.
Walcker delivered putting his team up 35-27. Beulah built their lead to 42-37 on a play that would signify how the game went.