Two years ago I was sitting on media row at the Class B boys state tournament in Minot, N.D. I took a panorama of the crowd inside the MSU Dome and was just mesmerized by all the people. I’m from Minnesota so I’ve been around big crowds but I was just stunned by the amount of the people packed in the gymnasium for the championship game against Hillsboro-Central Valley and Four Winds-Minnewaukan.
It’s the greatest scene in all of North Dakota. And that’s saying something because there are intense crowds at all the state tournaments.
Tonight, it’s Thompson and Shiloh Christian. Two teams that have been in the polls for the entire season. Two teams that are loaded with talent up and down their respected rosters.
The matchups in this game are going to be one to remember. You’ll have the Skyhawks’ Jaden Mitzel trying to shut down Hayden Overby and Trey Brunelle on Cadyn Schwabe.
Shiloh Christian won its first two games by a combined 21 points and Thompson is coming off a 68-65 overtime win over No. 4 Bishop Ryan. The Tommies defeated Ellendale 58-49 in the quarterfinals.
Everyone can talk about how private schools shouldn’t be in Class B but guess what? The Skyhawks have never hoisted up the championship trophy, however, neither has Thompson. At the end of the day one team is going back home with their first ever state title. And these two teams deserve to be here.
It’s going to be a hell of night and the MSU Dome without a doubt will be rocking. Will these two teams be rattled at first? Possibly but it's just another game of basketball and I’m certain Brandy George and Brad Miller will remind their teams of that.
Prediction? I might have some Region 2 bias but Thompson is a solid squad much like Shiloh Christian anyone can knock down game-changing shots at key moments. I’m going to say Thompson in a close one. I don’t think it’s crazy to think this game could go to overtime.
Both teams like all teams in this spot want it the most and I think they'll shot that in front of the entire state at 8 p.m.