High School boys basketball updates
Updates on the high school boys basketball teams in the Western region of North Dakota.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Stay tuned throughout the season for more scores and updates on your favorite teams.