Invite hosts Knights upset No. 8 Beulah

Alex Eisen/MDN ORCS junior Leyton Lang (24) cuts to the basket against Beulah High School in a Class B boys basketball game on Wednesday at the MSU Dome.

The logo on the center of the court showcased a beaver instead of a knight, but that didn’t stop the Our Redeemer’s Christian School boys basketball team from making the Minot State University Dome feel like its home court.

The Knights (3-1), hosting the seven-game basketball invite at MSU on Wednesday, led wire-to-wire in a 63-35 victory over No. 8-ranked Beulah High School (2-1).

“I don’t know what it is, but we have been pretty comfortable here (at the dome),” ORCS coach Jeremy Feller said. “Last year we went 5-1 here, losing obviously in the state championship game to a good Four Winds team, and so far this year we have shot well (in this building). It kind of makes me excited for Regionals being here because we have played well here the last couple of years.”

The Knights took control of the game against Beulah from the opening tip-off. After a 5-0 run to start things off, junior guard Tayten Mau knocked down back-to-back triples from the left side of the arc to give ORCS a double-digit lead, 17-6, after the first quarter. Mau finished with a team-high 15 points.

“We distributed the ball well and got open looks,” Mau said. “Dalton (Steede) down there (in the post), he is so big, that we just keep feeding him. We go in-and-out (with the ball) and that really helps us.”

The second stanza was highlighted by Knights’ breakaways and a spinning hook shot off the glass from Greyson Olthoff. ORCS doubled up Beulah, 32-16, going into halftime.

The Miners never managed to get the deficit back into single-digits, and they failed to make a 3-pointer on the night.

“I thought we defended well, especially to start,” Feller said. “Beulah is an amazing team and we kept telling (our guys) that they were going to go on a run and lucky for us their shots didn’t fall tonight. They were 0-for-18 from the 3-point line. It was one of those nights for them.”

Juniors Jayden Wetzel and Noah Abel also finished in double figures for ORCS with 13 points and 10 points respectively. Reece Hoherz paced the Miners with 15 points.

“We really contested their outside shots well and made it tough for them on the defensive end,” Wetzel said. “Offensively, we moved the ball really well and I don’t think we forced any shots. A lot of nice kick (outs) and a lot of easy shots. Everything was in the flow of the offense.”

Run the clock out was the name of the game in the fourth quarter, as ORCS closed out the dominant victory, 63-35.

The Knights take on No. 2 Dickinson Trinity next on Jan. 6 at Shiloh Christian High School, and then they get Shiloh Christian the next night.

“It doesn’t get any easier,” Feller said. “I always tell people we are as good as we want to be any given night. Some nights we play well, like we did tonight, and some nights we show up half speed. We got to show up and play the next two nights or it’s going to be ugly.”

Alex Eisen covers Minot High School, Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.