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Beulah Miners top Mott-Regent Wildfire to advance to Region 7 championship game

Even after Mott-Regent took a five-point lead after the first quarter, Beulah didn't let the pressure show. The Miners responded pretty quickly, in fact. No. 1-seeded Beulah went on a 23-10 run in the second quarter against the fifth-seeded Wildf...

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Beulah’s Casey Walcker goes up for a layup over Mott-Regent defenders Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in the Region 7 boys basketball tournament semifinals. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)
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Even after Mott-Regent took a five-point lead after the first quarter, Beulah didn’t let the pressure show.

The Miners responded pretty quickly, in fact.

No. 1-seeded Beulah went on a 23-10 run in the second quarter against the fifth-seeded Wildfire, helping lead to a 58-47 win in the Region 7 boys basketball tournament semifinals Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The win advances Beulah to the Region 7 championship game against No. 2-seeded Dickinson Trinity at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

“It feels great. We’ve been looking forward to this moment all year,” Beulah senior guard John William Suter said. “We played better in the second half. We’re going to have to come out hotter on Thursday, but we’re excited. We’re pumped.”

Beulah senior forward Josh Remmick led Beulah with 15 points and six rebounds on 6 of 12 shooting, though he was double-teamed frequently in the paint. Casey Walcker made 6 of 11 shots for 13 points along with four rebounds to follow up his 18-point performance against Hazen on Monday.

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“If you take one or two kids away or one or two kids maybe has an off night, usually we’ve got one or two others that can step forward and lead us in scoring,” Beulah head coach Jeremy Brandt said. “That’s kind of the good thing about our team is that we don’t have to rely on one, two or three kids. You see that in the balance of our scoring every night.”

The Miners (19-3) knew one major component of the Wildfire’s attack was Brady Wegh, who ended the night with a game-high 18 points on 5 of 13 shooting and 11 rebounds.

But other than Wegh, no other Mott-Regent (15-9) player scored more than eight points, though head coach Nate Zachmann said that wasn’t a lack of effort.

The Wildfire will play sixth-seeded New England in the third-place game at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

“I’m so proud of our boys’ effort. That’s one thing you can never question,” Zachmann said. “Our community, school and parents should be proud of them the way they worked from when the ball got tipped up to when the last whistle blew. You never want to be on the losing end of things.”

Suter was given the responsibility of guarding Wegh, which Suter said was a tough task. Wegh was coming off an 18-point game against Heart River in an overtime Region 7 Tournament quarterfinals win and a 13-point game against Beach in a tournament play-in game.

Though he was focused on defense, Suter came way with nine points and 11 rebounds - eight of those boards in the first half.

That’s not necessarily in the game plan, the senior guard said, but it just happened that way because he was guarding Wegh at his forward position.

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“Strategy was just get in front of him, and I had post help behind me,” Suter said. “He’s really athletic so I had to box him out really tough.”

It wasn’t an easy night offensively for either team, as Beulah shot 24 of 55 (43.6 percent), Mott-Regent was 16 of 41 (39 percent) and both teams went a combined 5 of 24 (21 percent) from 3-point range. However, Remmick said his team’s emphasis wasn’t on offense.

“It was just our defense,” Remmick said. “We had to play defense in order to win the game, and defense wins championships.”

Not only did Beulah outshoot the Wildfire, but the Miners also ended with a 32-27 rebounding advantage.

“They’re a very athletic team,” Remmick said. “We had to box them out, make sure we box out everyone.”

Though Beulah had beaten Trinity 67-60 on Feb. 1 in Beulah during the regular season, the Miners aren’t overlooking the Titans moving forward.

“You just hope that the things we’ve done in practice all year and in games when we play the better teams in games that it’s prepared us,” Brandt said. “You hope those kids carry it over into that game on Thursday night.”

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MR   12   22    39   47

B       7    30    49   58

MR: Tanner Zentner 3, Brady Wegh 18, Hunter Crist 2, Carter Honeyman 4, Chance Roth 6, Brett Mesmer 8, Sean Hertz 6.

B: Alec Battest 3, Reece Hoherz 8, John William Suter 9, derek Ferebee 2, Cory Alt 7, Casey Walker 13, Josh Remmick 15.

3-pointers: MR 3 (Zentner 1, Wegh 1, Roth 1), B 2 (Suter 1, Alt 1). Free throws: MR 12-15, B 8-14. Total fouls: MR 14, B 17. Rebounds: MR 27 (Wegh 11), B 32 (Suter 11). Assists: MR 3 (Roth 3), B 14 (Suter 6). Steals: MR 6 (four tied with 1), B 18 (Walcker 4). Blocks: MR 1 (Zentner 1), B 0. Turnovers: MR 20, B 11.

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