First Day at the “B”

Yesterday was my first time covering the North Dakota Class B state tournament and it didn’t disappoint.

I witnessed a buzzer beater, a blowout and two fairly close games in four quarterfinal games at the Minot State Dome.

Ellendale knocked off No. 2 seed Dickinson Trinity, 41-39 after a Brennen Vance 3-pointer from the right wing and will face a No. 3 seed Hillsboro-Central Valley team that torched Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky 57-32 Thursday afternoon.

H-CV walking back to its bench after the starters were announced Thursday afternoon.

I ‘d rank the night games 6 out of 10 on the excitement scale.

The reigning champions Four Winds-Minnewaukan looked like they were going to blowout Stanley after taking a 29-14 first quarter lead but the Blue Jays weren’t going to let that happen.

Stanley outscored the Indians 50-41 in the final three quarters and if they hadn’t let FW-M score the first 11 points of the contest, a different team would’ve advanced to the semifinals.

The late game was between No. 4 seed Oak Grove and No. 5 seed Bishop Ryan.

The Grovers outscored the Lions 36-17 in the middle quarters and shot 70 percent from beyond the arc in their 66-60 win.

The MSU Dome looks old on the inside but I like it.

It’s not so bright and I like that even though the Banner’s photo editor hates it. Tough to take pictures when the lighting isn’t perfect.

Weird things I saw at the “B”

– A guy (not sure if he was an assistant coach or just a big fan) on the TLMM bench was wearing zumba’s and Z-coil shoes.

– I saw a player almost finish at the rim with a dunk and that’s weird because I don’t see a lot of kids from Class B schools throw it down.

– I saw three players that were under 5-foot-8 and if I wouldn’t have looked at TLMM’s roster I would’ve guessed they were under 5-foot-2.

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