February 26, 2014

Season finale goes to Beulah

The first time the Beulah Miners and Hazen Bison met in boys basketball action, the hot team won. Hazen was the hot team – ranked in the state poll and off to an 8-1 start. The Miners were the cold team –  falling out of the state poll and 3-4 on the year.
The game resembled both teams’ season records, Hazen was near perfect in the game and Beulah struggled, losing 76-56.
In the teams’ final regular season meeting the teams were at opposite sides –  the Miners were hot and Hazen was cold. Beulah entered last Tuesday’s game on a 12-game winning streak and the Bison entered with a loss that cost them the region tournament’s top seed. The heat kept burning and the Miners walked away from their home court with a 74-67 win.
The start of the game was slow with Beulah leading 5-3 halfway through the quarter. Things stayed close until late in the period. The Miners led 12-10 with 11 seconds left in the quarter when Luke Blood, junior post, made a key play.
The junior post made a three-point play, pushing Beulah’s lead to five points, 15-10. The Miners couldn’t open their lead up early in the second quarter though.
Kyle Lindquist, senior guard, made a 3-pointer, cutting Beulah’s lead to 15-13, and the score stayed close until the Miners got a 3-point bomb of their own. Cole Messerschmidt, Beulah’s senior starting shooting guard, hit a key 3-pointer when the Miners were only up 21-19.
On the ensuing inbound the Bison committed a turnover that resulted in two more Miner points and a five point swing. The Miners were up by seven points 27-19 – their biggest lead early on. So Bison head coach Randy Johnson called a timeout to refocus his team.
The refocusing effort worked. Hazen scored on their next possession, getting the score back down to five point deficit. But the Miners responded with a small 6-0 run to regain another large lead, this time 11 points 32-21.


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