When: March 4-7
Where: Minot State Dome
(D11) No. 1 Rugby
(D12) No. 1 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood
(D11) No. 2 Bottineau
(D12) No. 2 Our Redeemer’s
(D11) No. 3 TGU
(D12) No. 3 Bishop Ryan
(D11) No. 4 Nedrose
(D12) No. 4 Des Lacs-Burlington
Who is the favorite?
If Bishop Ryan plays up to its potential, I don’t see how they aren’t the favorite to win this tournament. Seniors Ben Bohl and Mason Hedberg are two of Class B’s top playmakers and have the ability to knock down any shot on the floor. The Lions lost a fair amount of height off last year’s state runner-up team but they finished out the regular season with a 17-2 record. Bishop Ryan lost two Shiloh Christian and Thompson by an average of 16 points, however, won 14 games after that. Our Redeemer’s upset the Lions in the District 12 tournament but I don’t think that’ll hurt Bishop Ryan’s confidence.
Rugby: Dating back to the 2017-18 District 11 tournament, Rugby is 23-4. The Panthers are loaded with talented scorers this season that include the likes of juniors Jaden Hamilton and Trace Goven. The two combined for 36 of Rugby’s 78 points in the District 11 championship game. Hamilton is one of the better 3-point shooters in the state for a team that scored 75 points or more 10 times this season. Don’t be surprised if the Panthers reach the title game.
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood: It was a slow start to the season for Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood but the Mavericks are 9-1 in their last 10 games. M-L-S is a solid defensive team as they’ve held six teams to 35 points or fewer. The Mavericks rolled through the District 12 tournament with double-digit wins over Surrey, Glenburn and Our Redeemer’s. The Mavericks might not have the strength of schedule to give them an edge on paper but this is a team that has the players to fight until the end.
Dark Horse Team
Our Redemer’s: There’s a quote that Our Reedemer’s head coach Broderick Bosch told the Minot Daily News after the Knights’ 52-51 victory over Bishop Ryan in the District 12 quarterfinals, “We said before the game ‘Why not us?'” Bosch said. “All year, you could see it building up. We kept on getting better and better, and we definitely were at the top of our game tonight. It was all effort and heart.” That’s a quote from a coach and a team that is fighting night in and night out. The Knights have already taken down Bishop Ryan, so there’s a chance they can do it again if that’s who comes out of the top of the bracket. On the other hand, Our Redeemer’s is going to half to play mistake-free basketball for three straight games. Can they do that? Only time will tell.
(D12) No. 1 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood over (D11) No. 4 Nedrose
(D12) No. 3 Bishop Ryan over (D11) No. 2 Bottineau
(D11) No. 1 Rugby over (D12) No. 4 Des Lacs-Burlington
(D12) No. 3 Our Redeemer’s over (D11) No. 3 TGU
(D12) No. 3 Bishop Ryan over (D12) No. 1 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood
(D11) No. 1 Rugby over (D12) No. 3 Our Redeemer’s
(D11) No. 1 Rugby over (D12) No. 3 Bishop Ryan