When: March 4-7
Where: Dickinson Trinity High School
No. 1 Dickinson Trinity (16-5)
No. 2 Beulah (16-4)
No. 3 Glen Ullin-Hebron (17-4)
No. 4 Mott-Regent (13-8)
No.5 Hazen (15-7)
No. 6 Bowman County (14-7)
No. 7 Beach (9-13)
No. 8 Heart River (7-14)
Who is the favorite?
I think this is one of the more wide-open region tournaments. The Top 3 seeds all have a solid chance at winning three games in four days. With that being said, I’d give Beulah the slight advantage. The Miners opened up the season with two losses to Bishop Ryan (42-39) and Four Winds-Minnewaukan (71-64). After that Jeremy Brandt’s crew won 16 of their final 18 contests including a 73-68 win over Shiloh Christian on Feb. 5. The Miners rank near the top of Class B in defense as they are holding opponents to 44.1 points per game. For the first time in a few postseason runs, Beulah is back to full health and senior Chad Morsette Jr. will look to have his one shining moment after missing last season’s state tournament.
Dickinson Trinity: As far as a rankings standpoint, Dickinson Trinity probably had the biggest drop since the beginning of the season. Coming in at No. 2, the Titans dropped games to top-tiered teams and fell out of the Top 10 near the middle of the year. However, Dickinson Trinity has won 13 of its last 14 games and even though a pile of seniors are missing from the 2017-18 squad, the Titans are playing well at the right time. The Titans are not the deepest team in Class B as they have eight players on their roster. Junior Matthew Stafford along with senior Aric Knopik are solid players for the No. 1-seed.
Glen Ullin-Hebron: It’s been a long time coming for Glen Ullin-Hebron to be playing in a Region 7 quarterfinal game. The Bearkats are making their first appearance in the second-round for the first time in close to 15 years. Last season GU-H finished 5-17 but with a new head coach in Greg Pruitt, the Bearkats have the talent to compete with Beulah and Dickinson Trinity with seniors Garret Soupir and Braden Zuroff along with a handful of other players.
Dark Horse Team
Beach: It’s been a roller coaster of a season for Beach. The Buccaneers lost their first four games of the year then won seven of the next eight before losing their next eight contests. Consistency along with defense has been the problem for Beach. They’ve allowed 70 or more points seven times this season. The reason I think the Buccaneers could be a sneaky team in this tournament is because that have one of the best players in Class B with junior Gage Swanson. During his sophomore season Swanson scored 87 total points in a five day stretch during early January. The Buccaneers are a dangerous team to face in the quarterfinals.
No. 1 Dickinson Trinity over No. 8 Heart River
No. 5 Hazen over No. 4 Mott-Regent
No. 2 Beulah over No. 7 Beach
No. 3 Glen Ullin-Hebron over No. 6 Bowman County
No. 1 Dickinson Trinity over No. 5 Hazen
No. 2 Beulah over No. 3 Glen Ullin-Hebron
No. 2 Beulah over No. 1 Dickinson Trinity