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.