Region 7 Tournament Preview

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.

Hayden Sadowsky (Record File Photo)
Hayden Sadowsky (Record File Photo)


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.