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Beulah gets by Heart River for spot in Region 7 finals

The first time these two played, it took a buzzer-beater for Beulah to thwart off Heart River. All it took this time for the Miners, facing off with the Cougars in the semifinals of the Region 7 Tournament Tuesday night at the Knights of Columbus...

Beulah's Reece Hoherz drives toward the basket Tuesday night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Beulah's Reece Hoherz drives toward the basket Tuesday night at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
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The first time these two played, it took a buzzer-beater for Beulah to thwart off Heart River.

All it took this time for the Miners, facing off with the Cougars in the semifinals of the Region 7 Tournament Tuesday night at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, was a comeback from down seven with five minutes left, two critical late stops and some clutch last-second free throws.

It essentially took everything they had, but the Miners held on for a 63-60 win, good enough to put them in the Region 7 final against Dickinson Trinity on Thursday, a rematch of last year's championship, won by the Titans.

"Obviously we're two very evenly matched teams. They play probably as hard as any team we've played during the year," Beulah head coach Jeremy Brandt said. "When you play against a team that plays like that it makes things hard for you. A game like that, one or two plays decides the game. We were fortunate tonight that we made a couple at the end."

Heart River, paced by 19 from Zane Besler and 17 from Dion Madler, was ahead 56-49 with five minutes left, seemingly in control.

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But then an 8-0 run on a pull-up jumper by Reece Hoherz and three straight breakaway layups by Logan Miller, who had a game-high 26, gave the Miners a 57-56 lead, which they held onto for the rest of the game.

Miller's three layups all came within 45 seconds of each other, making for his own 6-0 run.

"I was just trying to run the floor, get good looks. That's how I get most of my points," Miller said. "When we played them earlier, it was similar because we were down pretty big. We knew we could come back, just had to start making plays and gut it out."

The Cougars had it within one with 30 seconds left, but three straight inbounds tries under the basket yielded no points, and after Beulah's Chad Morsette grabbed the rebound on a Heart River miss, he stepped to the line with a chance to add to the lead.

Calm and collected, he swished two free throws for the final margin.

A three-point attempt on the next possession by Cougar Tristen Schuhrke sailed wide to the left, and that was that.

"Chad plays probably as much basketball as anyone on our team in the summer and in the offseason," Brandt said. "It doesn't surprise you that he hit those just because he plays so much, he's always ready for moments like that."

He finished second on the Miners with 11, with Hoherz's 10 points good for the only other Beulah player in double-figures.

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The game featured eight ties and 10 lead changes. For Heart River head coach Greg Pruitt, his team's efforts came up just short for the second time in as many tries against the Miners.

"What we told the kids is, 'We just want to leave it on the court," Pruitt said. "If we leave it on the court and lose, at least we can say we played our hearts out. I thought the kids did a great of job of battling until the end."

Heart River will face Mott-Regent in Thursday's third-place game at 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Beulah 63, Heart River 60

B 22 11 12 18

HR 18 17 14 11

B: Logan Miller 26, Derek Ferebee 11, Reece Hoherz 10, Chad Morsette 6, Mason Dolbec 5, Jacob Weigel 4, Aaron Vallejo 1.

HR: Zane Besler 19, Dion Madler 17, Tristen Schuhrke 12, Jesse Canode 4, Cauy Shypkoski 3, Joey Wagner 3, Colton Boltz 2.

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