December 18, 2008

Staggering start for Miner boys

Identity isn’t something most teams start with each season but the Miner boys’ basketball squad did learn a few lessons from their opening weekend of action. The first being they are going to need to work and the second being that the combination of Josh Schank and Andrew Just will keep them in many games this year.

Carrington 56, Beulah 48

Beulah opened the Hoopster Shootout Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center against Carrington. Right away the two teams were deadlocked with even scoring. But by the second quarter, the Miners dug their own grave scoring just eight points as the Cardinals charged ahead with 19.

The zone defense Carrington ran with efficiency knocked the Miners out of their offensive strategy.

"We didn’t execute offensively," head coach Jeremy Brandt said. "We had some kids lost and they’re still kind of struggling."

Beulah rebounded in the second half after some adjustments and increased their shooting percentage from 20.8 in the first half to 46.2 the rest of the way. The Miners outscored Carrington by three points in the third and 10-9 in the fourth quarter but the hole was too deep.

Beulah wasn’t aided by their 22 team turnovers either.

"When you don’t shoot well it affects the rest of you’re game," Brandt said. "We got into the passing lanes better. Hopefully we get through that shortly."

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