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Miners turn up the defense against Cowboys

The Beulah defense was puzzling and confusing, well-timed and well-positioned. Above all, it was unrelenting. The Miners forced 25 turnovers -- 18 in the first half -- against Killdeer on Monday, and the Cowboys had very little to offer in respon...

Beulah senior Reece Hoherz elevates for a layup over Killdeer's Daylon Danks on Monday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Beulah senior Reece Hoherz elevates for a layup over Killdeer's Daylon Danks on Monday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

The Beulah defense was puzzling and confusing, well-timed and well-positioned. Above all, it was unrelenting.

The Miners forced 25 turnovers - 18 in the first half - against Killdeer on Monday, and the Cowboys had very little to offer in response as second-seeded Beulah ran away with a 75-30 victory in the Region 7 Tournament quarterfinals at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

"We tried to speed them up, get them out of their comfort zone a little bit," Beulah head coach Jeremy Brandt said. "We wanted them to play faster than what they're used to."

The win sends the Miners to Tuesday's semifinals against Heart River at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

The Miners made their intentions known early on, racing to a 14-3 lead in the opening minutes. The seventh-seeded Cowboys did not reach double-digits until Alex Sadowsky hit a three-pointer with 4 minutes, 38 seconds left to play in the first half. The Miners led 44-15 at halftime.

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Beulah's defensive intensity had a lot to do with that.

"We wanted to get after them right away and really put the pressure on them. We knew that we had the speed to create some turnovers," junior Jacob Weigel said. "It was nice to see the ball in our hands."

While most of his teammates formed a layup line going the other direction after their steals, Weigel did most of his own damage from the perimeter. He scored a game-high 20 points on the strength of five three-pointers in seven attempts.

"My teammates found me a lot on the kick-outs, so I found a lot of open shots," Weigel said. "It was a lot of zone. We had to move the ball a lot, get some skip passes, and shots just opened up."

Beulah (19-3) shot 29 of 50 from the field (58 percent) for the game and had three others net double-figures: Chad Morsette scored 14, Reece Hoherz tallied 12 and Logan Miller added 11. Derek Ferebee also scored nine. Beulah's lead reached 49 points midway through the third quarter.

The Cowboys (11-12) were limited to 10 points or fewer in three of the four quarters and shot 12 of 39 (30.8 percent) from the floor. Killdeer was also 1 of 9 from the free-throw line. Sadowsky finished 3 of 8 from the field for eight points, and Garrett LeMieux was 3 of 13, also for eight points.

"We haven't played a lot of games in a while, kind of like everybody else. It's been a long layoff, so just to get back in the flow of game atmosphere (was the goal)," Brandt said. "Every game at this point is scary because you either win or you're done."

Beulah 75, Killdeer 30

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K 5 10 7 8

B 19 25 24 7

K: Alex Sadowsky 8, Garrett LeMieux 8, Hoyt Zander 5, Dawson Schmeling 4, Ryan Zastoupil 3, Daylon Danks 2.

B: Jacob Weigel 20, Chad Morsette 14, Reece Hoherz 12, Logan Miller 11, Derek Ferebee 9, Aaron Vallejo 3, Shaye Yeager 2, Matthew Schnabel 2, Mason Dolbec 2.

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