Sports Spotlight: Beulah boys basketball

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The final tournament of the high school basketball season is the class-B boys.

Beulah beat Trinity by two points in the Region-7 title game to advance to state and now it's onto Minot for the "B", which is why the Miners are in this week's Sports Spotlight.

The Beulah Miners last loss came back in late December. Their dominance since that game has the Miners thinking of a state championship.

"Its going good, you know, obviously we're one of eight left so our season's been good up until this point. We're obviously happy to be where we're at and have a chance here come this week now at the state tournament. Hopefully, we continue to play well when I think we've been kind of peaking at the right time because we've been playing our best basketball here at the end of the season," said Jeremy Brandt, Beulah head coach.

Coaches love to use the expression defense wins championships. Statistically, the Miners have one of the best defensive teams in the state.

"We take a lot of pride in our defense, you know, that's something that we've kind of hung our hat on. And I think we've learned over the years, or that our kids have, that in order to win at tournament time you got to be able to defend because the nights that the ball doesn't go in the basket the defense still has to be there. And I think that's something that our kids have really done a good job of is taking pride and I believe at the end of the season, now we were the second-rated team as far as points scored against in the state, so again I think our kids have taken a lot of pride in that," said Brandt.

The Miners lost seven seniors from last year's team, but the this year's group of seniors have been playing together since they were 11.

"Well, the group of most us seniors except for maybe one or two plus Trae or our only freshman is we had a traveling team third through eighth grade so I mean we all really know each other well we played a lot of basketball," Sean Gierke.

Beulah faces Shiloh Christian in the first round of the "B" on Thursday. A rematch of the regular season where the Miners came away with the W.

"I remember playing Macauley [Young] every time he got the ball, you know, we always helped Joan on him, double down and stuff. Really stopped him, which frustrated him an frustrated the whole Shiloh team. Yeah, we always got to keep him in mind. He's a good player and stuff and he can do some damage, so we always have to keep that in Mind," said Shaye Yaeger.

The Miners and the Skyhawks play the first game of the class B tournament at 1:00 p.m. CDT.