March 12, 2009

Post play propels Miners to regional finals

Regular season action is widely considered practice for the postseason in Class B basketball. That’s why when Beulah fell 52-50 to Hettinger Jan. 8 on a last minute shot, the Miners didn’t let it get to them.

They didn’t forget about it either.

As the Miners and the Black Devils met again Monday for the opening round of the Region 7 Tournament, the Miners made adjustments, with the names of Andrew Just and Kasey Schmidt, as the posts claimed a 61-51 win.

Beulah advanced on to face Dickinson Trinity, who cruised to a 72-34 win over Heart River, this past Tuesday in the regional semifinals. No matter the outcome of the game, Beulah will finish the Region 7 Tournament Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center with the third place game at 6 p.m. and championship to follow approximately at 7:30 p.m.

"It makes Class B basketball what it is. You do or die, win or go home," head coach Jeremy Brandt explained.

It was that excitement that put Beulah in possible trouble early as Jon Langeliers earned the start but found himself on the bench a minute later, earning two fouls quick. Fouls would become a recurring problem for the Miners as they had four in the first three minutes and 21 to end the night without anyone fouling out.

Down 9-2 by the midway point of the first quarter, the Miner subs added fresh blood to the battle. Logan Kessler’s first touch of the ball was a good one as he sank the triple from the right corner. Josh Schank drove the lane and Just added a putback.

Gabe Goetz was dished the ball down low. He faked a shot, then waited for the Black Devils’ defenders to get their feet planted on the floor again to draw the foul. The senior guard netted his second attempt to tie the game. After each team traded baskets the final 30 seconds, the score was still knotted at 15-15 at the end of the first quarter.

"First four minutes we were a little slow. Once we got a few baskets, we picked up," Brandt said.


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