Posted On: 12/11/18 10:24 PM
Bishop Ryan entered their first road test of the season as the top-ranked Class B team in the state. Beulah, a team receiving votes in the first poll of the year, entered hoping for a season-opening win at home. Bishop Ryan won the defensive showdown 42-39. Beulah had a chance to tie it late on a Chad Morsette jumper but it bounced off.
- Ryan will go as far as the senior tandem of Ben Bohl and Mason Hedberg take them. Chinaza Udekwe and Jaxon Faller show flashes of being the scoring threats Ryan needs.
- On offense, Ryan doesn’t have a go-to post player yet. It will be interesting to see how they do against 6-foot-8 big fella Macauley Young.
- However, Ryan can win ugly if they need too. They proved that shutting down a good jump shooting team at home.
- Ryan will need players to start reading the offense better. Outside of Bohl and Hedberg, no one looks for their shot, making them easier to guard.
- Beulah’s offense struggled with finding a flow. They were in that expected early-season funk. Nothing ever seemed to get going.
- 6-foot-5 big fella Noah Larson, a transfer from Garrison brings another dimension to their team.
- Freshman Trey Brandt is clutch. He hit two late 3s, making the game close.
- Dawson Bieber, a senior guard is hurt, so it’s hard to tell how Beulah’s rotation will look.
Bishop Ryan 42 @ Beulah 39
Bishop: Ben Bohl 12, Mason Hedberg 17, Rueben Lormejuste 2, Chinaza Udekwe 7, Jaxon Faller 4.
Beulah: Trey Brandt 11, Jonah Larson 9, Chad Morsette 8, Sean Gierke 5, Kaleb McGraw 4, Joe Hager 2.
No. 1-Ryan heads to No. 7-Shiloh on Saturday. It’ll be interesting to see how both teams matchup. Beulah heads to No. 8-Four Winds, which is a very hard place to play. Coach Fox always has Four Winds ready to play.