Killdeer defeats Richardton-Taylor in OTThe second half for the Killdeer boys basketball team is one memory they would soon like to forget.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
The second half for the Killdeer boys basketball team is one memory they would soon like to forget.
The No. 4 seed Cowboys made up for frustrating third and fourth quarters in overtime to defeat No. 5 seed Richardton-Taylor 58-55 in the opening round of the District 14 tournament Friday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“We weren’t playing as good as we should have,” Killdeer sophomore center Calum Blankenship said. “Our defense slacked off and we came out flat, which we were trying not to, but it happened anyway.”
However, Killdeer’s poor second half marked a strong performance from the Raiders. A key component for the strong comeback was sophomore Lane Voltz, who scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half.
“He’s a scorer and he’s never afraid,” Richardton-Taylor head coach Rob Bartz said. “There were a couple times, where he might have pushed too much, but he went for it.”
The Cowboys grabbed a 27-16 lead at halftime, but the Raiders used the third quarter to trim the lead down to 41-37.
“We played tough for about half the game,” Voltz said. “It’s just tough sometimes.”
Blankenship, Killdeer’s leading scorer, got into foul trouble during the fourth quarter and had limited playing time. Blankenship notched 16 points and eight rebounds.
“He’s capable of doing that in any ball game,” Killdeer head coach Wayne Sanders said. “He gets a little off sometimes and he gets down on himself and he doesn’t play that well. That’s really the first time he’s gotten into foul trouble for a while.”
The Raiders tied the game a 53 to end regulation. Going into overtime, Sanders said his team needed to strike first. Blankenship helped the Cowboys do that with a layup to open overtime.
“We wanted to come out and get the lead to put pressure on the other team,” Sanders said. “We managed to keep that three-point lead toward the end of it.”
Sanders said Austyn Sadowsky, his senior leader, didn’t have his best game of his career but made shots when the Cowboys needed them. He finished with a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“He’s the leader and does an excellent job,” Sanders said. “He had a tough night. He just didn’t play like he usually does, but overall he still came through when we had to have him.”
Killdeer outscored the Raiders 5-2 in overtime. Trenton Rohr’s two free throws in the final seconds were icing on the cake.
“He’s a freshman and there’s a lot of pressure in a situation like that,” Sanders said.
Tate Harris added 10 points for Killdeer (7-13), while the Raiders (3-17) had two more players in doubles figures. Chad Gullickson scored 13 points and Ryder Bohlman added 12.
The Cowboys will play No. 1 seed and No. 5-ranked Dickinson Trinity in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. today.
The game marked Richardton-Taylor’s third straight loss. The Raiders face the loser of the semifinal between Hazen and Beulah at 4 p.m. Monday.
“This loss makes our lives a lot hard,” Bartz said. “We have to go now either play Hazen or Beulah, who we didn’t play especially well in the regular season.”
RT 11 16 37 53 55
Killdeer 13 27 41 53 58
RT: Lane Voltz 23, Chad Gullickson 13, Ryder Bohlman 12, Paul Koppinger 4, Kasey Dressler 4.
K: Calum Blankenship 16, Austyn Sadowsky 11, Tate Harris 10, Trenton Rohr 8, Marc Wagner 8, Brock Pittsley 4, Lewis Keller 1.
3-pointers: RT 4 (Bohlman 2, Voltz 2), K 2 (Harris 1, Sadowsky 1). Free throws: RT 13-19, K 8-19. Total fouls: RT 17, K 18. Fouled out: RT, Gullickson. Rebounds: RT 37 (Bohlman 8, Dakota Messer 8), K 42 (Sadowsky 10). Assists: RT 10 (Koppinger 4), K 16 (Sadowsky 4). Steals: RT 8 (Bohlman 2, Koppinger 2), K 17 (Sadowsky 5). Blocks: RT 3 (Bohlman 2), K 0. Turnovers: RT 21, K 19. Records: RT 3-17, K 7-13.
Strong start leads Beulah past Glen Ullin-Hebron
Beulah had a height advantage over Glen Ullin-Hebron that it used from the get-go in their opening-round game.
Beulah’s fast-paced offense scored early and often en route to an 89-48 win over No. 6 seed Glen Ullin-Hebron.
“I think it was a good thing for us to get in this gym,” Beulah head coach Jeremy Brandt said. “We were able to play a lot of kids and our starters didn’t play a lot of minutes.”
The average height for the Miners’ starting lineup was 6-foot-2, while the winless Bearcats (0-20) had one player at 6-foot.
The advantage was apparent early as Beulah (17-3), the No. 3 seed and the No. 8-ranked team in Class B, jumped out to a 31-10 lead after the first quarter.
The Miners continued their strong offensive drive throughout the second quarter and led 50-26 at halftime.
Trevor Zacher led Beulah with 18 points, followed by Jesse Hettich with 17. The Miners had four other players in double figures. Patrick Becker and Randi Julson each added 12 points. Noah Iverson and Casey Duppong each had 10.
“We moved the ball well and were able to get some steals and easy layups,” said Hettich, who had a game-high nine steals and two blocks.
The Bearcats’ Tyler Patton and John Duppong each tallied 10 points. Despite the game being a little one-sided, head coach Michael Schirado was please with how his team worked.
“They (Beulah) came out guns blazing,” he said. “I was happy with how our guys responded.”
The Miners play their coal country rival Hazen at 7 p.m. today in the semifinals. The Bearcats play the loser of the Killdeer and Dickinson Trinity semifinal at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
“It’s going to be a tough game,” Hettich said. “The first game against them, we lost and then the second one we blew them out. Hopefully that happens again.”
GUH 10 24 34 48
Beulah 31 50 70 89
GUH: Tyler Patton 10, John Duppong 10, Adam Gietzen 8, Dylan Diede 6, Lance Duppong 6, Garret Womack 4, Mitchell Bettenhausen 2, Dylin Patton 2.
B: Trevor Zacher 18, Jesse hettich 17, Patrick Becker 12, Randi Julson 12, Noah Iverson 10, Casey Duppong 10, Cody Nelson 4, Karson Hintz 3, Tanner Dolbec 2, Erik Ham 1.
3-pointers: GUH 6 (Diede 2, T. Patton 2, Gietzen 2), B 2 (Zacher 2). Free throws: GUH 10-13, B 9-16. Total fouls: GUH 10, B 14. Rebounds: GUH 24 (Womack 4), B 39 (Coleman Entze 6, Hettich 6). Assists: GUH 11 (D. Patton 5), B 18 (Hettich 5). Steals: GUH 5 (J. Duppong 2), B 25 (Hettich 9). Blocks: B 3 (Hettich 2). Turnovers: GUH 29, B 14.
District 14 Tournament
At Knights of Columbus Activities Center, Dickinson
1) Killdeer 58, Richardton-Taylor 55
2) Beulah 89, Glen Ullin-Hebron 48
3) No. 1 Dickinson Trinity (17-1) vs. No. 4 Killdeer (7-13), 5:30 p.m.
4) No. 2 Hazen (16-3) vs. No. 3 Beulah (17-3), 7 p.m.
Region qualifier: No. 5 Richardton-Taylor (3-17) vs. Game 4 loser, 4 p.m.
Region qualifier: Glen Ullin-Hebron (0-20) vs. Game 3 loser, 5:30 p.m.
Championship: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.