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All-or-nothing: Titans rematch Beulah for shot at regional title

Titans hope to finally get edge over Beulah in Class B Region 7 title game on Thursday.

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Gregg Grinsteinner talking to his players during a timeout. (Matthew Curry/The Dickinson Press)

After a hard fought season, including having one of its most challenging regular seasons to date, the Titans are right back to where they want to be. In the Class B Region 7 championship game, against an opponent that brings always brings a challenge in top-seeded Beulah.

For the last three seasons, the Beulah Miners have constantly find ways to mine out a victory over the Titans, downing the Titans in double overtime in the regional tournament three years prior, upsetting the Titans in overtime in the regional title game last season, and pulling out a 63-62 victory in double overtime earlier this season.

After all of the heart break, all of the close calls, everything has led to this moment for the Titans. The team has been looking for its chance to finally defeat the Miners, and with the regional title game taking place on its home court, this could be the time to do it.

For both teams its win or go home, for the Titans, its all or nothing.

“I think this has been a goal in our kid’s minds since last season’s regional tournament and now we just have another chance at another opportunity and we got to take advantage of the opportunity,” Titans’ Head Coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.

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Knowing this could be the team to get the title, Grinsteinner prepared the team for the challenge by scheduling a challenging regular season for his young squad, including battling, at the time, the top Class B team in the state in Four Winds and defeating the team 62-57.

The Titans are going into the championship game with an overall record of 20-3 and hope to finally tally its 21st win over Beulah.

“We thought we had a chance to be a pretty good team this year and we wanted to try to prepare ourselves for the end of the season and I thought our kids really handled the expectations well,” Grinsteinner said. “I think it prepped us for the regional tournament run.”

After having constant close battles with the Miners, and constantly ending up just falling short, Grinsteinner believes his team is more prepared than ever to get the victory.

“It’s a matter of making plays and we have the opportunity and if you get the lead then you got to extend the lead,” he said. “It’s a long 32 minutes, that’s the thing. There’s going to be lots of flows, they’re going to make runs, we’re going to make runs, it’s just a matter of how long those runs are going to last and our kids know that … just take one play at a time, you have to value possessions.”

When the two teams met earlier this season, the gym was as packed as it could have been. Now, with the gym already being as packed as it has been all season long, the gym is sure to be shaking from intensity.

With both teams being so evenly matched, the volume and the hyped vibes are sure to be intense. And Grinsteinner believes his team is ready for the challenge.

“You start looking at the season as it comes to an end, you don’t know how long it’s going to last,” he said. “You got to take those moments when they’re there. It should be a great atmosphere tomorrow night, you’re going to see kids playing at a higher level, you’re going to see raw emotions from both teams.”

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“I’m looking forward to the fact that all the hard work that you put in starting way back in the summertime is coming into fruition and our kids have an opportunity and that’s one thing that we’ve preached the whole year is ‘if you have an opportunity, take advantage of it,’” he added.

Tip off to determine who the 2021 Class B Region 7 title holder will be is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.

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Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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