Titans survive test from Hazen
BEULAH -- The Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team survived a scare Saturday night, sending it to an anticipated District 14 Tournament championship game matchup against No. 1-ranked Beulah.
Down five points with 3 minutes remaining, the No. 3-ranked Titans clamped down and rallied to a 59-53 victory over Hazen in tournament semifinals at the Beulah High School gymnasium.
The second-seeded Titans (19-1) went 20 of 21 from the free-throw line and hit every one they needed down the stretch to pull away for a win despite trailing the third-seeded Bison 50-45 with less than half a quarter to play.
"We just battled through it," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. "We got into the fourth quarter where we had opportunities."
Senior guard Jacob Volk scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Titans while senior center Jesse Kubik had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior forward Isiah Binstock finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four steals despite playing just 16 minutes because of foul trouble. He sat out much of the third quarter.
"That makes a big difference, you take your best rebounder out of the game," Grinsteinner said.
Trinity led 30-26 at halftime and 41-38 at the end of the third, but could never completely shake Hazen until the final minute.
Stetson Carr, Austin Cieslak and Michael Maas all scored 14 points for the Bison. Carr had six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
"They're a dangerous team right now," Grinsteinner said.
Beulah (20-0) has the top seed in the tournament and is seeking its fourth consecutive District 14 title. The Miners' previous three championship victories have come against Trinity.
Regardless, the Miners and Titans will have the top two seeds from District 14 in the Region 7 Tournament, which begins Monday, Feb. 25 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
"We're happy we're moving on," Grinsteinner said. "It doesn't matter how ugly, how pretty, we're moving on to the regional tournament."
Hazen 16 26 38 53
Trinity 16 30 41 59
H: Michael Maas 14, Austin Ceislak 14, Stephen Carr 14, Kyle Lindquist 5, Dominick Opp 2, Joshua Erhardt 2, Collin Maas 2.
T: Jacob Volk 27, Isiah Binstock 12, Jesse Kubik 10, Alex Binstock 6, Jacob Good 4.
3-pointers: H 6, T 1. Free throws: H 3-9, T 20-21. Total fouls: H 19, T 15. Fouled out: M. Maas. Rebounds: H 21 (Ceislak 7), T 32 (Kubik 10). Assists: H 13 (Carr 5), T 8 (A. Binstock 4). Steals: H 9 (M. Maas 3, Carr 3), T 8 (I. Binstock 4). Blocks: H 1 (M. Maas), T 3 (Volk 2). Turnovers: H 10, T 12.
Beulah 74, Richardton-Taylor 32
Jesse Hettich had 28 points, six rebounds and five steals as the No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Miners rolled into the district title game with a win against Richardton-Taylor.
Trevor Zacher added 22 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Miners.
Richardton-Taylor was without senior Chad Gullickson and junior Lane Voltz fell into foul trouble, which kept the Raiders' chances to a minimum against the defending Class B state champions.
Kasey Dressler had 10 points for Richardton-Taylor while Ryder Bohlman added nine points, nine rebounds and three assists.
RT 11 24 30 32
Beulah 21 41 60 74
RT: Kasey Dressler 10, Ryder Bohlman 9, Lane Voltz 7, Cade Kuntz 4, Paul Koppinger 2.
B: Jesse Hettich 28, Trevor Zacher 22, Noah Iverson 9, Cody Nelson 6, Casey Walcker 4, Landon Battest 4, Calvin Aichele 4, Cole Messerschmidt 3, Randi Julson 2, Karson Hintz 2.
3-pointers: RT 2, B 4. Free throws: RT 4-6, B 8-15. Total fouls: RT 13, B 9. Rebounds: RT 27 (Bohlman 9), B 27 (Zacher 6, Hettich 6). Assists: RT 8 (Bohlman 3, Kuntz 3), B 17 (Zacher 6). Steals: RT 5 (Voltz 3), B 20 (Hettich 5). Blocks: RT 0, B 3 (Hettich 2). Turnovers: RT 26, B 12.