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Titans to face Ellendale in Class B quarterfinals

The Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team will open the Class B state basketball tournament against Ellendale in the first game of Thursday's action at the Minot State Dome.

The Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team will open the Class B state basketball tournament against Ellendale in the first game of Thursday's action at the Minot State Dome.

The Titans (22-2), the Region 7 champion, and the Cardinals (20-5), the champion from Region 3, will tip off at 1 p.m. (CT). Trinity earned the No. 2 overall seed for the tournament.

The second game of the day will feature third-seeded Hillsboro-Central Valley (21-3), Region 2's champion, against Region 5's champion Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky (17-7) at 2:45 p.m.

The evening session of the first day will see top-seeded Four Winds-Minnewaukan (23-1) of Region 4 taking on Stanley (19-6) of Region 8 at 6:30 p.m. That game will be followed by Region 1 champion, and No. 4 overall seed, Fargo Oak Grove (19-4) against Minot Bishop Ryan (23-2), the Region 6 winner and fifth overall seed.

Only two of the field's teams - Trinity and Four Winds-Minnewaukan - made the state tournament last season. Trinity defeated Shiloh Christian in the third place game. Four Winds-Minnewaukan, which topped Trinity in last season's semifinals, won the state championship a year ago.

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This will be Trinity's 12th trip to the state tournament. For Ellendale, it is the school's seventh trip and first since 1985.

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