District 14: Miners beat Titans for 4th consecutive title
The last two times the No. 3-ranked Dickinson Trinity and No. 1 Beulah boys basketball teams played each other, the final score was less than a combined 10 points with the Miners winning both matchups.
In Monday night's District 14 championship, the teams had another battle separated by a single possession.
Beulah used that to edge the Titans 56-54 on Monday at the District 14 Tournament championship game at the Beulah High School gymnasium.
"Trinity plays such good defense, you have to value your possession so much," Beulah head coach Jeremy Brandt said. "We have a tendency where we come out with too many empty possessions. Tonight was just a situation where we did enough to win and make one more play. It obviously could have either way."
It was the Miners' fourth consecutive victory in the district championship game, all of which have come against Trinity. It's also possibly the final district championship meeting between the teams as Region 7 will forego district tournaments the next two seasons as a test subject for the North Dakota High School Activities Association's super regional.
Trevor Zacher, who was named District 14 Senior Athlete of the Year, led the team with 20 points, four rebounds and four steals.
Zacher said he wouldn't be senior of the year without his teammates and fellow seniors Jesse Hettich, Cody Nelson and Noah Iverson.
Hettich, who eclipsed the career 1,000-point mark in the game, had 15 points, six rebounds, four steals and four blocks. Nelson added 11 points and seven rebounds. Iverson supplied five points.
"I'm in the gym with my friends all the time," Zacher said with a smile. "It's not just me, they are always there helping me out."
Zacher also guarded Trinity's Jacob Volk, who had a team-high 20 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals. The two are very familiar. Volk said whenever the teams play, he knows they'll be guarding each other.
"He's a tough guy to guard," Volk said. "He's tall and he can shoot from anywhere on the floor. That's what makes him difficult to guard."
Beulah (21-0) didn't gain a somewhat sizeable edge until the final three minutes when it took a 54-48 lead after Zacher knocked down a pair of free throws.
Trinity (19-2), however, continued to inch back with five straight points from Volk.
A big part of Beulah's lead, which was a majority of the game with the exception of Austin Deichert layup with 2:21 left in the third quarter, were points off turnovers.
Though Trinity only had 13 turnovers, Beulah scored off 11 of them which accounted for 18 points.
"When they had the opportunity to covert in transition, they did," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. "Every time we got a turned the ball over, it seemed like they got a layup out of it. That was the difference in the ballgame."
After Volk's five-point run, Zacher sank the final two points for the Miners from the charity stripe. Zacher went 8 of 8 from the free-throw line. Volk was 9 of 9.
Beulah went through nearly a two-minute span in the final three minutes where they didn't score.
"We just can't be tentative," Zacher said. "We just have to keep playing our game down the stretch.
Trinity got a decent look in the final 19 seconds, but the ball sailed just over the fingertips of Jesse Kubik on a pass from Volk as he was crashing into the lane.
Kubik finished with eight points and nine rebounds while Jacob Good added eight points and 10 rebounds for the Titans. As a team, Trinity held the advantage on the glass 44-27 as Isiah Binstock had a game-high 14 rebounds.
Though senior guard Ben Gordon knocked down one free throw with four-tenths of the second left on the clock. He needed to miss second free throw and have a teammate get a tip in to force overtime. Instead, Zacher came down with the rebound to seal the victory.
It was a battle from the two teams from the beginning. Trinity and Beulah were tied at 15 after the first quarter and Zacher was on a bench after collecting two fouls, including a technical for hanging on the rim after a dunk.
"The worst part about it, it becomes a personal foul for him too," said Brandt, who was named District 14 Coach of the Year. "He gets his second one in the first quarter and now he had two fouls. It was a big momentum lift when he dunked it, but to get a technical foul called on it kind of took some wind out of that sail."
Beulah grabbed a four-point, 28-24, lead at halftime and led 40-37 going into the fourth quarter.
"We just talked about finishing," Volk said. "Finishing was big part of this game."
Trinity will play District 13 No. 3 seed New England the Region 7 Tournament quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. next Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson. Beulah meets Hettinger-Scranton, the No. 4 seed from District 13, at 3 p.m. for the opening game of the tournament.
"We're hoping these two games against Hazen and Beulah get us ready to play New England next Monday," Grinsteinner said. "It doesn't matter what happens next week Thursday, we need to worry about next Monday. Our focus is all on New England."
Trinity 15 24 37 54
Beulah 15 28 40 56
T: Jacob Volk 20, Jacob Good 8, Jesse Kubik 8, Isiah Binstock 7, Alex Binstock 7, Austin Deichert 3, Ben Gordon 1.
B: Trevor Zacher 20, Jesse Hettich 15, Cody Nelson 11, Noah Iverson 5, Casey Walcker 3, Karson Hintz 2.
3-pointers: T 2 (Volk 1, A. Binstock 1), B 3 (Hettich 1, Nelson 1, Iverson 1). Free throws: T 12-20, B 9-12. Total fouls: T 14, B 14. Technical foul: B, Zacher. Rebounds: T 44 (I. Binstock 14, B 27 (Nelson 7). Assists: T 10 (Good 3, I. Binstock 3), B 12 (Hettich 3, Walcker 3). Steals: T 6 (A. Binstock 3), B 10 (Zacher 4, Hettich 4). Blocks: T 1 (Volk 1), B 8 (Hettich 4). Turnovers: T 13, B 10.
Hazen 74, Killdeer 46
After holding a seven-point lead at halftime, Hazen pulled away from Killdeer in the third quarter.
On the wings of senior Stetson Carr's 26 points, 19 rebounds, five steals and five assists, the Bison defeated the Cowboys in a region-qualifier game.
Hazen outscored Killdeer 39-18 in the second half. The Bison lead 35-28 at halftime.
Hazen will have District 14's No. 3 seed in the Region 7 tournament and will face District 13 runner-up Mott-Regent at 4:30 p.m. next Monday.
Austin Cieslak added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Hazen, while Collin Maas and Kyle Linquist each supplied seven points.
For the Cowboys, junior Calum Blankenship posted 16 points and 10 rebounds, followed by senior Brock Pittsley's 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Killdeer 18 28 39 46
Hazen 19 35 54 74
K: Calum Blankenship 16, Brock Pittsley 14, Trenton Rohr 8, Christian Kulish 4, Hayes LeMieux 2, Riley Blankenship 2.
H: Stetson Carr 26, Austin Cieslak 16, Collin Maas 7, Kyle Linquist 7, Dominic Opp 6, Michael Maas 4, Wyatt Carr 2.
3-pointers: K 1 (Pittsley 1), H 2 (S. Carr 1, Maas 1). Free throws: K 5-8, H 16-23. Total fouls: K 17, H 12. Rebounds: K 49 (Pittsley 14), H 44 (Carr 19). Assists: K 7 (C. Blankenship 2), H 11 (S. Carr 5). Steals: K 6 (Rohr 2), H 12 (S. Carr 5). Blocks: K 2 (C. Blankenship 1, Kulish 1), H 4 (Cieslak 2). Turnovers: K 16, H 11.
Richardton-Taylor 75, Glen Ullin-Hebron 45
Ryder Bohlman supplied a double-double to lead the Raiders to the Region 7 Tournament for the first time since 2009.
Bohlman had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the region-qualifier game win over the Bearcats.
Lane Voltz added 24 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists for the Raiders. Richardton-Taylor held a 41-28 advantage at halftime and outscored GUH 34-17 in the second half.
Adam Gietzen led the Bearcats with 12 points.
The Raiders will have District 14's No. 4 seed in the tournament and will face District 13 champion Heart River at 6 p.m. next Monday in the Region 7 Tournament quarterfinals.
RT 21 41 63 75
GUH 14 28 39 45
RT: Lane Voltz 24, Ryder Bohlman 18, Chad Gullickson 9, Kasey Dressler 7, Paul Koppinger 6, Logan Lacher 2, Spencer Floberg 2, Johnathan Olson 2, Coal Kuntz 2, Cade Kuntz 1.
GUH: Adam Gietzen 12, Steve Wiedmer 8, Lucas Wagner 7, Chance Glass 4, John Duppong 4, Jaden Schmidt 4, Chase Berger 4, Mitchell Bettenhausen 2.
3-pointers: RT 4 (Bohlman 2, Voltz 1, Dressler 1), GUH 1 (Wagner 1). Free throws: RT 15-22, GUH 8-15. Total fouls: RT 16, GUH 15. Fouled out: GUH, Bettenhausen. Rebounds: RT 47 (Bohlman 12), GUH 33 (Schmidt 8). Assists: RT 13 (Voltz 3, Dressler 3), GUH 8 (Wagner 3). Steals: RT 10 (Voltz 3), GUH 8 (Glass 2, Bettenhausen 2). Blocks: RT 1 (Bohlman 1), GUH 1 (Bettenhausen 1). Turnovers: RT 12, GUH 15.
All-District 14 tournament team: Stetson Carr, Hazen; Austin Cieslak, Hazen; Jacob Volk, Dickinson Trinity; Isiah Binstock, Dickinson Trinity; Jesse Kubik, Dickinson Trinity; Alex Binstock, Dickinson Trinity; Lane Voltz, Richardton-Taylor; Chad Gullickson, Richardton-Taylor; Trevor Zacher, Beulah; Jesse Hettich, Beulah; Cody Nelson, Beulah; Calum Blankenship, Killdeer.
District 14 Senior of the Year: Trevor Zacher, Beulah.
District 14 Coach of the Year: Jeremy Brandt, Beulah.