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Posted On: 12/17/18 11:37 AM
Jamestown University is hosting the Jimmie Basketball Classic Saturday evening in the Harold Newman Arena. There will be four games at the event, featuring three teams who were ranked in last week’s Top 10 Class B state poll; Richland, Carrington, and Shiloh.
Richland is off to a nice 2-0 start on the season and averaging 74.5 points per game. Cole Meyer, Carter Lingen, Gavin Reiland, and Hunter Lentz averaged double-figures last season for Richland. With that kind of scoring power, they will be a threat to win Region 1 this year.
Solen is 0-2 on the year and trying to replace a head coach. This will be a big test for Solen.
Beulah is a dangerous 0-2 team. They’ve faced two Top 10 ranked teams and were ahead after three quarters in both games. Their biggest weakness has been depth this year. There is a considerable fall off after their sixth man. Whenever they get in foul trouble they struggle.
Carrington is trying overcome the football injury Trey Rosenau suffered. Rosenau played the grinder role for Carrington. He did the rebounding, charge-taking, and hustling for the team. Losing him is huge. But they did get a solid transfer in Chase Wells that will help. This will be a great test game for both teams to see where they are at.
Oak Grove is in a similar position to Beulah. They are 0-2 but losses were to quality teams. Oak Grove lost to a 5-0 Hawley (MN) team and a top 10-ranked team in Four Winds. They return big man 6-5 Tyrell Rodriguez at Center. Oak Grove head coach Kyle Card has been guiding Oak Grove for 11 years and he always seems to get the best out of his team.
We’ll learn where Oak Grove is at right now.
Shiloh loves playing a tough schedule to figure out where they are at. They went on the road to Dickinson Trinity to start the year and suffered a loss. Then they came back and topped the No. 1-ranked team in the state.
Now, they are going to Jamestown for a showdown with 5-0 Ada-Borup (MN). Shiloh’s keys to victory are defense and rebounding. This will be another challenge for Shiloh. Jaden Mitzel is making a name for himself in the Class B ranks for Shiloh.