What? North Dakota Region 8 Boys Basketball Tournament
Where? Williston State College
When? March 5th-8th
#1 D15 New Town Eagles (19-3)
#4 D16 Burke County Titans (10-11)
Games Notes: New Town comes in with a 6-1 record against the other teams in the Region 8 Tournament. Their only loss against the field came at the hands of Stanley Blue Jays (83-73). The Eagles will play fast and they aren’t afraid to sling it from deep.
Burke County will try to win this game in the post, the Titans will have a decided size advantage downlow.
#2 D16 Powers Lake Ranchers (15-6)
#3 D15 White Shield Warriors (14-7)
Game Notes: The Ranchers won the only meeting between the two teams 83-78 on December 12th. The Ranchers might be young, but they are scrappy and well coached. This team will be a tough out. The trio of Aiden Nordloef, Justin Van Berkom, and Noah Fredrickson will carry most of the water offensively but the Ranchers feature a handful of players that make things uncomfortable for opponents.
White Shield will sling the three pointers and play up tempo. If they get hot from deep they will be a very difficult out.
#1 D16 Stanley Blue Jays (19-2)
#4 D15 North Shore/Plaza Wildcats (16-6)
Game Notes: The Blue Jays and Wildcats split their two meetings this season. The Blue Jays are stout offensively, they boast a trio of seniors Wyatt Hanson, Kaedyn Hanson, and Matt Patten that will be a difficult matchup for anyone in the field. Wyatt Hanson was the District 16 Senior Athlete of the Year, he should be in the mix for the Mr. Basketball award.
The Wildcats are an intriguing team, they feature two very strong post players (Hart and Hayden Andes).
The Blue Jays have plenty of firepower to blow this game open, but if they sleep walk at all they will find themselves on the wrong end of this game.
#2 D15 Mandaree Warriors (13-6)
#3 D16 Kenmare Honkers (15-7)
Game Notes: The Mandaree Warriors were the #6 seed in the District 15 Tournament, but they knocked off the #3 seeded White Shield Warriors and the #2 seeded Watford City Wolves enroute to the championship game (which they dropped to the New Town Eagles). The Warriors only played one District 16 opponent this season (loss at home to Powers Lake).
Kenmare senior Jacob Rodin was excellent this season, as expected. Keagan Lautenschlager was lights out from 3-point range in the District 16 Tournament, the sophomore earned himself a spot on the All-Tournament team last week. Kacy Keysor was named District 16 Coach of Year last week.
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