Beulah beats Trinity for 3rd straight District 14 titleCoaches preach strong starts and finishes. The Beulah boys basketball team took that to heart in the District 14 tournament championship game.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
Coaches preach strong starts and finishes.
The Beulah boys basketball team took that to heart in the District 14 tournament championship game.
The Miners jumped out to an eight-point lead en route to a 67-58 win over Dickinson Trinity on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“They (Beulah) executed very well,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “We had some defensive lapses, where we gave up a lot of easy shots and give them a lot of credit, because they were able to finish them off.”
This championship game marked the third straight meeting between the two teams and the have Miners (19-3) won all three.
“Defensive they’re so good,” Beulah head coach Jeremy Brandt said. “That’s the thing with them (the Titans). We know they are going to play good defense against you.”
The No. 1 seed Titans (18-2) were again without junior Jacob Volk, their leading scorer, after he rolled his ankle in practice last Monday. Trinity had no plans of playing him until the Region 7 tournament.
“We talked to him earlier and if we can get by Saturday with a win, we aren’t going to play you Monday,” Grinsteinner said. “He’s chomping at the bit to get back in.”
Beulah senior Casey Duppong had his troubles throughout the first two games of the district tournament. All were dismissed after he put up 23 points and had six assists in the championship game.
“He played huge for us,” Brandt said. “He stepped up like a four-year starter. Casey was tremendous tonight. He’s so unselfish and he was a little selfish tonight, which was good.”
Duppong was named District 14 senior athlete of the year and said he was glad to meet Trinity in the finals.
“It’s nice to come out and get a win,” Duppong said. “They came into our court and got us and it’s nice to get them back.”
The Miners kicked off the first four minutes of the game and built up a 10-2 lead. That lead quickly dissolved as the Titans went 9-4 to close out the first quarter.
Trinity senior Austin Gawryluk came off the bench and packed a punch with 17 points. Christian Olson supplied 10 points, but the senior guard said this wasn’t the team’s finest performance.
“We know that we can play a lot better than we did,” Olson said. “We knew that we can beat any team and judging by the way we played tonight. We can play a lot better.”
With 5:10 left in the second quarter, the score difference was one with the Titans leading 20-19. Each team went back-and-forth for 2 minutes until the Miners went on a 9-0 run to end the second quarter. Beulah led 34-26 at halftime.
“(Grinsteinner) just preached what he always preaches,” Olson said. “Work hard, good defense, get good shots and follow the game plan. He basically reminded us, because we didn’t do it at the beginning of the game.”
The Titans battled back, but were never able to take the lead in the second half. After a 10-2 run to finish the third quarter, the Miners led 52-42 and were able to coast through the final 8 minutes.
“We had a couple nice runs in the first half and then we had a nice run in the second half,” Brandt said. “It was four-point game and we got it out to a 12-point lead.”
Grinsteinner said he was proud of the Titans’ effort.
“We aren’t disappointed at all in our kids’ effort,” Grinsteinner said. “We like our kids’ effort. Now its just time to put three games together next week.”
Both will prepare for the Region 7 tournament.
Trinity opens the tournament at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 against District 13 No. 3 seed Mott-Regent. Beulah plays District 13 No. 4 New England at 6 p.m.
“We were going into the tournament just thinking three in a row,” Olson said. “We will focus on whatever we need to focus on. We’re taking it one game at a time and we know we can all the game. We just have to put them together now.”
Beulah 14 34 55 67
Trinity 11 26 42 58
B: Casey Duppong 23, Jesse Hettich 19, Trevor Zacher 11, Erik Ham 5, Tanner Dolbec 4, Tyler Murray 2, Noah Iverson 1.
T: Austin Gawryluk 17, Christian Olson 10, Alex Binstock 8, Dylan Fridrich 8, Isiah Binstock 5, Jesse Kubik 4, Brandon Sickler 4, Lance Pender 2.
3-pointers: B 5 (Zacher 2, Duppong 1, Ham 1, Hettich 1), T 3 (Olson 2, Gawryluk 1). Free throws: B 6-12, T 7-16. Total fouls: B 17, T 18. Rebounds: B 27 (Zacher 7), T 29 (I. Binstock 6, Fridrich 6). Assists: B 15 (Duppong 6), T 19 (Fridrich 6). Steals: B 7 (Ham 2, Hettich 2), T 8 (A. Binstock 2). Blocks: B 4 (Hettich 2, Zacher 2), T 1 (Kubik 1). Turnovers: B 14, T 15. Records: B 19-3, T 18-2.
Killdeer 70, Glen Ullin-Hebron 66
The Glen Ullin-Hebron boys basketball team didn’t win a game all season, but nearly staged an upset in the region tournament qualifying game.
Killdeer closed out the game with a 6-2 run after the score was tied at 64 in the final minutes.
Killdeer led 38-31 at halftime, but the Bearcats trimmed the lead to 50-47 by the end of the third quarter.
Austyn Sadowsky led the Cowboys with a game-high 24 points. Marc Wagner came off the bench and added 14.
Dylin Patton led Glen Ullin-Hebron with 22 points. Garret Womack and Lance Duppong each had 11 points. Dylan Diede added 10 points in the loss.
Killdeer plays District 13 champion Heart River at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 in the Region 7 tournament quarterfinals.
Killdeer 18 38 50 70
GUH 16 31 47 66
K: Austyn Sadowsky 24, Marc Wagner 14, Tate Harris 7, Lewis Keller 6, Brock Pittsley 6, Trenton Rohr 5, Ryan Blankenship 4, Calum Blankenship 4.
GUH: Dylin Patton 22, Garret Womack 11, Lance Duppong 11, Dylan Diede 10, Adam Gietzen 8, John Duppong 4.
3-pointers: K 5 (Keller 2, Rohr 1, Sadowsky 1, Harris 1), GUH 10 (D. Patton 6, Womack 1, Gietzen 1, Diede 1, L. Duppong 1). Free throws: K 11-16, GUH 12-14. Total fouls: K 16, GUH 11. Rebounds: K 35 (C. Blankenship 7), GUH 24 (Gietzen 7). Assists: K 20 (Sadowsky 8), GUH 16 (Diede 8). Steals: K 11 (four with 2), GUH 4 (Gietzen 2). Blocks: K 1 (Pittsley), GUH 1 (Bettenhausen 1). Turnovers: K 14, GUH 20.
Hazen 87, Richardton-Taylor 41
Hazen had four players in double figures en route to an 87-41 win over Richardton-Taylor in a region-qualifier game.
Hazen led 47-22 at halftime. Doing a majority of the damage was junior Stetson Carr. He had 23 points.
Despite the halftime lead, the Bison used the third quarter to put the game in the books for good. Hazen led 71-33 after the third.
Josh Rothe added 19 points for Hazen, followed by Michael Maas with 12. Jon Doll had 10.
Chad Gullickson led the Raiders with 13 points and Lane Voltz chipped in 12.
Hazen head coach Randy Johnson was named District 14 coach of the year.
The Bison play District 13 runner-up Bowman County at 7:30 p.m. in the Region 7 tournament.
Hazen 22 47 71 87
RT 9 22 33 41
H: Stetson Carr 23, Josh Rothe 19, Michael Maas 12, Jon Doll 10, Austin Cieslak 8, Dominick Opp 6, Collin Lindquist 4, Tyler Parker 2, Nicholas Klein 2, Collin Maas 1.
RT: Chad Gullickson 13, Lane Voltz 12, Ryder Bohlman 7, Kasey Dressler 3, Dakota Messer 2, Lane Aune 2, Paul Koppinger 2.
3-pointers: H 9 (Rothe 3, M. Maas 2, Opp 2, Doll 2), RT 3 (Bohlman 2, Voltz 1). Free throws: H 10-12, RT 12-18. Total fouls: H 13, RT 9. Rebounds: H 38 (Doll 6, Rothe 6), RT 23 (Messer 3). Assists: H 23 (Doll 7, Lindquist 7), RT 11 (Voltz 3). Steals: H 14 (Carr 3, Parker 3), RT 6 (Gullickson 2). Blocks: H 3 (Rothe 2), RT 2 (Olson 1, Bohlman 1). Turnovers: H 12, RT 21.
District 14 Awards
All-District Team: Collin Lindquist, Hazen; Stetson Carr, Hazen; Josh Rothe, Hazen; Casey Duppong, Beulah; Trevor Zacher, Beulah; Jesse Hettich, Beulah; Jacob Volk, Dickinson Trinity; Isiah Binstock, Dickinson Trinity; Dylan Fridrich, Dickinson Trinity; Lane Voltz, Richardton-Taylor; Austyn Sadowsky, Killdeer.
Senior Athlete of the Year: Casey Duppong, Beulah
Coach of the Year: Randy Johnson, Hazen