Neutral court advantage hurts Miners
By Jarann Johnson
The Region 7 tournament was hosted by Dickinson Trinity, which meant Beulah would be the home team. Well, on paper that is.
Beulah was awarded the No. 1 seed for the Region 7 tournament and their score was recorded under the home team category, but it was quickly apparent Dickinson Trinity, the No. 2 seed and away team, was really the home team.
Dickinson Trinity made 10 total 3-pointers and used a great night shooting in their home gym to win 72-64 over Beulah.
Trinity started the game on a 10-0 run, which featured two 3-pointers. Beulah Head Coach Jeremy Brandt called a timeout. Brandt was probably trying to calm his team down and convince them Trinity wouldn’t keep shooting the ball at a high level.
Beulah came out of the timeout and senior forward Casey Walcker quickly hit a 3-pointer. Walcker’s 3-pointer gave Beulah fans a small bit of relief but it didn’t slow Trinity down.
Trinity knocked down three more 3-pointers and led 23-5 with one minute to go in the first quarter. Beulah reached double-figures in the period, scoring 11 points thanks to a step-back buzzer beating 3-pointer by junior guard Reece Hoherz.
Hoherz’s highlight play was overshadowed by the scoreboard, which showed a 15-point Trinity lead. Trinity led 26-11 heading into the second frame and pushed their lead to 37-15 with 3:30 left in the second.
Beulah seemed to be closing in on Trinity in the final seconds of the first half. Beulah senior guard Alec Battest made two free throws, cutting Trinity’s lead to 39-27 late in the half.
Trinity had an answer though. Trinity senior guard Willy Jahner made a 3-pointer, pushing Trinity’s lead back to 15 points, 42-27. Jahner’s 3-pointer was Trinity’s eighth trey ball of the night (six 3s came in the first quarter).
Beulah didn’t let Trinity’s hot shooting discourage them and scraped themselves back into the game. Beulah’s high-level effort seemed to be paying off with 3:00 left in the third quarter. Trinity’s lead was becoming flimsy and small.