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High School boys basketball updates

Updates on the high school boys basketball teams in the Western region of North Dakota.

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Bowman County earns a 71-35 victory over Killdeer to extend win streak to four. (file image/ The Dickinson Press)

Despite basketball season only just beginning, due to the winter break, here is a brief update on each of the teams in the Western Region.

Western Region

Dickinson High

The Midgets got off to a strong start to the season by earning a 93-37 win over Watford City but then fell their its next two games. The first, to Minot High 90-80, was followed by a 68-50 loss Bismarck Legacy High. The Midgets will play again on Jan. 2 against Williston High.

Class B Region 7 (based on the standings)

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1. Trinity (4-1)

The No. 3 Titans had a strong start to the season with a 4-0 win streak, starting it off by earning a 60-44 victory over Bowman County followed by a 72-24 victory over Beach, a 61-43 victory over Heart River and a 64-41 victory over Shiloh Christian High. However, the team was dealt its first loss of the season against No. 4 Enderlin High 56-51. The Titans play again at home against Four Winds/Minnewaukan on Dec. 29.

2. Bowman County (3-1)

After falling 60-44 to Trinity to start the season, the Bulldogs have went on a three-game win streak. The Bulldogs defeated Heart River 70-46, Beach 74-43 and Grant County 88-35. The Bulldogs will play again on the road on Jan. 5 against Killdeer.

3. New England (3-1)

The Tigers started out the new season on a strong note, winning their first three games, a 47-34 victory over Killdeer, a 53-33 win over Hettinger-Scranton and a 65-30 win over Richardton-Taylor. The team was dealt its first loss of the season in its most recent game against Lemmon High 52-39. Despite the loss, the Tigers hope to rebound at home against Beach on Jan. 5.

4. Beulah (2-2)

The defending Class B Region 7 champs may have not had the start they have hoped for but still have time to turn things around. After earning a 60-48 victory over Our Redeemer's to start the season, the team fell to Four Winds/Minnewaukan 64-60 but rebounded against Oak Grove 73-61 before falling again to Rugby High 62-56. The Miners play again at home on Dec. 29 against Enderlin High.

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5. Heart River (2-2)

The Cougars started the season off with a 61-46 victory over Beach but hit a skid with back-to-back losses. The first loss coming at the hands of Bowman County 70-46 followed by a 61-43 loss to Trinity. However, the team was able to get back on track with a 51-47 win against Wilton-Wing. Heart River will play its next game on Dec. 29 on the road against Richardton-Taylor.

6. Killdeer (2-2)

The Cowboys started the season off cold but is starting to warm up as the season progresses. The team lost its first two games of the season, a 47-34 skid to New England followed by a 66-44 loss to Richardton-Taylor. From there, the Cowboys have won back-to-back games, the first a 56-42 victory over Hettinger-Scranton followed by a 41-36 win over Center-Stanton. Killdeer will now play its next game on the road against Grant County on Dec. 29.

7. Glen Ullin/Hebron (2-2)

Despite falling in its first matchup of the season against Linton/HMB Lions 74-43, the Bearcats seem to be going in the right direction. Following its first lost, the team pulled out a narrow 50-48 victory over White Shield High and carried it over into its next game to take a 67-55 win against Napoleon/G-S Imperials. However, despite the back-to-back wins, the team was dealt another loss in its most recent game to Strasburg/Zeeland losing 73-67. The team now plays again on Dec. 30 at home against Wilton-Wing.

8. Hettinger-Scranton (1-2)

The Night Hawks seemed to be going on the right track, but have somewhat staggered following its first game of the season. Hettinger-Scranton started the season strong with a 66-52 victory over Richardton-Taylor but followed it up with a 53-33 loss to New England. The team was then unable to bounce back with a 56-42 loss to Killdeer. The team hopes to return to its winning ways when it hits the court on Jan. 4 on the road against Trinity.

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9. Richardton-Taylor (1-2)

The Raiders have had an up-and-down start to the new '20-21 season. After falling to Hettinger-Scranton 66-52 in its first game, the team bounced back with a 66-44 win against Killdeer. After starting the season 1-1, the team hoped to go into the break with a winning record but suffered a 65-30 loss to New England. The team hopes to even out its record in its upcoming home game against Heart River on Dec. 29.

10. Hazen (0-3)

The Bison may have not had the best start, but hope to climb back when it returns to action on Dec. 30. The Bison have been on a skid to start, but have been in three very close games. The team was dealt a 66-62 loss to Garrison, a 50-47 loss to Bishop Ryan and a 60-56 loss to Central McLean. The team hopes to find itself in the winning column in its next home game against Stanley High on Dec. 30.

11. Beach (0-4)

Prior to the season, Head Coach Al Swanson predicted this could be a tougher season for the Buccaneers with the loss of key players due to season-ending injuries. The season has so far lived up to that, a four-game losing streak. The team started the season with a 61-46 loss to Heart River, followed by a 72-24 loss to Trinity. The Bucs were then dealt a 74-43 loss to Bowman County and recently fell to Divide County High 54-42. The team will hope to get its first win of the season on Dec. 29 on the road against Mott-Regent.

12. Mott-Regent (0-4)

The Wildfires have been cold to start the season with a four-game losing streak. The team suffered a 65-46 loss against Flasher to start its season but followed it up by almost defeating Lemmon but just falling short 42-39. From there, the team was dealt a 56-39 loss to New Salem-Almont and recently loss to Linton/HMB Lions 55-42. The team will play the Beach Buccaneers on Dec. 29 with both teams looking to end its four-game skid.

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Stay tuned throughout the season for more scores and updates on your favorite teams.

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