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Fast start lifts Shiloh Christian over Beulah at Class B boys basketball tournament

Bismarck Shiloh Christian's Macauley Young, left, shoots a reverse layup against Beulah's Shaye Yeager during an opening-round game of the North Dakota Class B boys state basketball tournament at the Minot State Dome. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

MINOT, N.D. -- Shiloh Christian is hoping 13 proves lucky.

Playing in its 13th North Dakota Class B state boys basketball tournament Thursday, March 14, Shiloh Christian got a double-double from 6-foot-9 center Macauley Young and 13 from Jaden Mitzel to beat Beulah 54-46 in a first-round game at the Minot State Dome.

It took Young just over 12 minutes to reach a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Skyhawks (22-3) raced out to a 19-5 lead after one quarter.

“That was crucial,” said Young, who finished with 17 points and 18 rebounds. “We had to get a jump on them right away and let them know who we are.”

Prior to Thursday, Shiloh Christian had played second fiddle to the Miners. Beulah (19-5) had beaten Shiloh in the fifth-place game at last year’s state tournament and edged the Skyhawks 73-68 in the regular season this year. Shiloh has won nine straight since that loss.

“We felt like we were really in that game,” Young said. “The last few minutes just didn’t go our way and apparently they went our way this game.”

Shiloh made four of six 3-pointers in the first quarter to take a 19-4 lead. Trey Brunelle had all three of his 3-pointers in the quarter. Shiloh finished the game 6-for-14 from behind the arc. With 3:46 left in the first half, Young converted a three-point play that gave the Skyhawks a 28-13 lead and gave Young a double-double.

Beulah shot just 17 percent in the first half as Shiloh ran out to a 31-19 lead.

Beulah turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and sliced into the lead. The Miners got within 46-38 on one of Sean Gierke’s three 3-pointers with 4:03 to play in the game.

Trey Brandt had three 3-pointers and a game-high 22 points for the Miners. He also led his team in rebounds (9), assists (4) and steals (3). Gierke finished with 11 points.

Shiloh finished the game shooting 46 percent from the field and finished with flurry to hold off the Miners’ rally.

“It’s our last shot. It feels more stressful,” Young said of the Skyhawks’ seniors. “We just have to give it a lot more this time around.”

Beulah 5 19 26 46

Shiloh Christian 19 31 43 54

B: Morsette Jr. 4, Larson 3, Gierke 11, Brandt 22, Yeager 4, Hager 2.

SC: Mitzel 13, Young 17, Fagerland 8, Walth 5, Brunelle 9, Reep 2.

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