Posted On: 03/10/18 8:18 PM
North Dakota Class B basketball fans have heard about Beulah this year. They were up and down in the polls and got knocked out of the polls late in the year because of a loss to Beach. They topped Dickinson Trinity 74-71 in double overtime to earn a state tournament berth.
Here is what we learned about them at the Region 7 finals.
For Beulah to be successful at the state tournament they will have to box out better. They gave up 14 offensive rebounds against Trinity, which resulted in 16 second-chance points for Dickinson Trinity. Every team at state will have an athletic guy who can crash the boards or a big guy who can create extra touches.
There’s good news for Beulah fans on the boxing out front. Shaye Yeager, a 6-3 junior, may return from his hand injury for the state tournament. And Mike Schmidt, a 6-7 junior, proved he can be trusted to make big shots and grab big rebounds if they need.
Schmidt hit a huge clutch mid-range shot and played well when Beulah was in foul trouble during the Region 7 championship.
Everyone in the state has heard about Derek Ferebee, Beulah’s senior leader, and No. 1-offensive scoring option. He’s consistent, can shoot the 3 and drive. Where he’s most dangerous is in transition. Trinity got him in foul trouble early but it still wasn’t enough to stop him.
Ferebee scored 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting with 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Slowing Ferebee down is a task anyone matched up with Beulah will have to try to solve. Tall guys struggle with his change of direction and small guys can’t pressure him into turnovers or challenge his drives.
Trey Brandt, an 8th grader, isn’t scared of the big moments. He’s made big shots all year and when he had to play big minutes against Trinity he was highly effective.
Beulah can cause problems on defense. They don’t have a true monster inside but all their starters are around 6-2 and quick, which means they can switch almost everything and get arms in the passing lane.
Jacob Weigel and Mason Dolbec are their most active defenders. They can block shots, and get in the passing lanes.
Aaron Vallejo is their hustle guy. Every Class B team has a guy who’s not a strong offensive player but hustles. Vallejo is that guy for Beulah. He’s the energy guy who fires the team and crowd up.
Class B state tournament fans are going to see what Mercer County and Region 7 fans have been calling the toughest shot in the state to block. Logan Miller, a senior, is the owner of said shot. Tune in to the state tournament to see it.
Beulah will enter state with a 20-4 record. Their losses were @ DLB (64-60), vs. Oak Grove Neutral site (66-56), vs. Our Redeemers Neutral site (61-60), and @ Beach (63-59).
Oak Grove lost in the region finals, Our Redeemers and DLB both reached the region semis of their region. Beach lost in the quarters of the Region 7 tournament.
Beulah got some nice out of region wins – Shiloh, Four Winds-Minnewaukan, Rugby, Shiloh and New Town. New Town reached the Region 8 finals, Shiloh won Region 5, Rugby reached the Region 6 finals and Four Winds-Minnewaukan reached the semifinals in Region 4.
Beulah will more than likely be unseeded because of their late-season loss to Beach. If Beulah wouldn’t have lost to Beach and Oak Grove won the Region 1 crown it might have lifted Beulah into the top 5. Regardless this is a tough team, they went out and played tough teams in non-conference and have been battle tested.