The brackets are set for round two of the Region 7 boy’s basketball tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson on March 7, 8 and 10.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record
Three of the four top seeded teams, Heart River, Mott-Regent and New England, won their region play-in games on March 1. Only No. 7 Mandaree was upset as Killdeer defeated them in two overtimes.
Monday, March 7
G6: #1 Beulah (18-3) vs. #8 Hazen
G7: #4 Heart River vs. #5 Mott-Regent
G8: #2 Dickinson Trinity (17-4) vs. #10 Killdeer
G9: #3 Hettinger-Scranton (15-6) vs. #6 New England
I don’t see an upset for the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 seeded teams in the second round.
In the top bracket I believe Heart River will get by Mott-Regent, but the Wildfire are capable of winning this one. Heart River did down the Wildfire during the regular season by a 51-38 score. Beulah has to contend with one of the best players in the region if not the state in Hazen’s 6-foot 4-inch Wyatt Carr. But Carr doesn’t have strong enough support to down a well rounded Beulah team, although Hazen did give them a run for their money during the season losing only 55-51.
In the bottom bracket Trinity takes on Killdeer and should win this one handily. Hettinger-Scranton takes on New England who ousted the Night Hawks in a tough battle in the semifinals last year. New England went on to win that region tourney. Hettinger/Scranton handled the Tigers this year in the regular season by a score of 66-43, so I am going with the Night Hawks in this one.
The semi-final night should be a couple of very good games. I’m going with Beulah over Heart River and Hettinger/Scranton over Trinity.
I then believe the Night Hawks will overcome Beulah for the Region 7 championship.
Beulah did down the Night Hawks during the season on Hettinger/Scranton’s home court back on Jan. 12. In that game Beulah was on fire and had a 20-point advantage at the half. The Night Hawks did come back in the second half to get within two a couple of times, but ended up losing 69-56.
Bottom line, among the top three seeded teams whoever puts together three good games will come out on top. All three are experienced as Hettinger/Scranton and Trinity each have six seniors on their roster with Beulah carrying five.