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Miners wrap up season with fifth-place state tournament finish

BISMARCK -- Walking onto the big stage for the first time in four years, the Beulah boys basketball team jockeyed through a trio of tight knit contests in the 2018 Class B state tournament.

BISMARCK - Walking onto the big stage for the first time in four years, the Beulah boys basketball team jockeyed through a trio of tight knit contests in the 2018 Class B state tournament.

When the final buzzer sounded on their season, the Miners walked out of the Bismarck Civic Center taking fifth place honors.

Beulah lost 55-50 to eventual state champion Hillsboro-Central Valley before a 57-52 victory over Stanley and a 50-47 triumph in the fifth-place game over Shiloh-Christian on Saturday, March 17.

"I thought we played well enough to win the first day, we were right there," Miners head coach Jeremy Brandt said. "Anytime you get to tournament time, you need a little luck on your side. If we could've maybe got a couple of breaks to go our way in that first game, we could've just as easily won the first game as we lost."

The Miners' (22-5) most competitive contest came against Shiloh Christian. In a game that featured five ties and 14 lead changes, Beulah needed to find a way to neutralize Skyhawks 6-foot-9 junior center Macauley Young.

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Coming off of the bench, Miners center Michael Schmidt was called to the task. Standing at 6-foot-7, Schmidt's height helped in his matchup with Young, but it was his shooting touch from the perimeter was key as the senior drained a pair of 3-pointers.

"Obviously, Michael Schmidt was a big factor in the Shiloh game. He came in and hit a couple of threes," Brandt said. "One thing that we kind of noticed that they were doing was that they were leaving Macauley Young in the lane and weren't coming out and guarding anybody with him. By getting Michael in the game, he was able to extend them a little bit defensively because Michael is able to step out, make shots be out by the three-point line. He hit a couple of big threes in the second half and that was definitely important."

Schmidt is one of seven seniors who played their last game in blue and gold.

The decorated senior class did not see much time on the floor early in their careers, but have helped Beulah to a 77-19 record (.802 winning percentage) over the last four years.

Senior forwards Jacob Weigel, Logan Miller and senior guard Derek Ferebee were each selected to the all-region team. Ferebee was chosen as the Region 7 senior athlete of the year and was voted onto the state-tournament team.

"These kids have won a lot of games here for us," Brandt said. "Most of the seniors were sophomores where they just started playing varsity, but they've been a big part of that success....Also they've continued a theme that's been such an important part of program as to continue on and be good examples for our younger kids too and show our younger kids what they need to do to achieve the same things that those seniors did. They've been good role models, they've been good examples, they've been good students, they've been good athletes. They've just been really good kids."

While Beulah will need to regroup from losing several important pieces to graduation, the state tournament is expected to serve as a valuable tool for the players returning to the floor next season.

"I think success breeds success so hopefully that'll motivate our underclassmen," Brandt said. "They got to experience a state tournament and hopefully it will motivate them to want to try to put the time in this summer in the weight room and in the gym and everything else. It will motivate them to want to do everything they can to try and get back there next year."

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Class B State Basketball Tournament: Fifth-Place Game

Results Saturday

Beulah 50, Shiloh-Christian 47

B 9 15 15 11

SC 15 8 11 13

B: Derek Ferebee 14, Logan Miller 13, Michael Schmidt 8, Jacob Weigel 7, Mason Dolbec 4, Trey Brandt 4.

SC: Jaden Mitzel 15, Macauley Young 12, Trey Brunelle 10, Matthew Reep 6, Canna Fagerland 4.

3-pointers: B 3 (Schmidt 2), SC 4 (Brunelle 2). Free throws: B 9-13, SC 11-13. Total fouls: B 12, SC 16. Rebounds: B 35 (Schmidt 11), SC 34 (Young 14). Assists: B 8 (Ferebee 4), SC 10 (Reep 3, Kuehn 3). Steals: B 5 (Vallejo 2), SC 2 (Reep 1, Kuehn 1). Blocks: B 2 (Weigel 1, Schmidt 1), SC 3 (Young 3). Turnovers: B 9, SC 10. Records: B 22-5, SC 20-7.

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