Region 7 boys tourney concludes
By Jarann Johnson
The New England Tigers maintained their perfect Region 7 mark with three wins in the Region tournament last week. New England’s first tournament win knocked Hazen out of the tournament and their second knocked out Hettinger-Scranton, setting up a showdown with the Dickinson Trinity Titans.
Trinity got to the finals by topping Killdeer and Heart River during their first two tournament games, but getting a third tournament win proved too tough even though Trinity was playing on its home floor. They fell 58-48, giving New England a coveted state playoff berth.
The game was typical of a Region 7 championship game with both teams alternating turns in the lead but, at the end of three rounds, New England was slightly ahead 40-37. New England came out looking like a boxer or UFC fighter in the final round of a close bout.
New England was looking for the knock-out punch and started the quarter on a 6-2 run that had deceiving importance. The run put New England up 46-39 with about five minutes left in the game.
Trinity responded with a Brock Messer put-back basket with 3:40 left, cutting New England’s lead to five, 46-41. But Trinity 3-point marksman Willy Jahner couldn’t deliver the momentum counter 3-pointer to pull Trinity within two.
New England attacked off the Trinity miss, adding two buckets and making the score 50-41. Trinity Head Coach Gregg Grinsteinner called a timeout to regroup and give a final push with 2:06 left in the game, but it was too late.