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Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Class B Boys Basketball Tournament Preview


Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The class B boys’ basketball state tournament begins Thursday in Grand Forks and you'll see all the action live right here on WDAY-WDAZ and statewide ABC.

We're guaranteed to have a new state champ with Milnor left out of the field.

Here's a preview of what to expect from the teams crowding the Alerus Center this week.

The opening game on Thursday, features 2nd seeded Oak Grove against the surprising Flasher Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs are making their 2nd appearance in school history at the B, Flasher knocked out reigning Region 5 champ Shiloh Christian in the title game.

Flasher enters Grand Forks riding an 11-game win streak.

Oak Grove will try to snap it; the Grovers are the region 1 champs and are hunting for their first state championship since 2000.

Oak Grove boasts the top-scoring offense among the state tournament field, averaging 74 points per game.

3 players average over 12 points per game.

Junior Carter Kretchman has been a clutch player this season, we'll see if he shines on the big stage.

Game two, features 3rd seeded Cavalier against the Region 3 champ Linton HMB.

The Lions are in the state tournament, thanks to Andrew Small hitting the game-winning jumper in the final seconds of overtime against Strasburg-Zeeland.

Small came up big scoring 15 of the Lions last 37 points.

Linton-HMB is playing for its first title since 2009.

A first round win won't come easy against the top defense left in Class B, Cavalier holds opponents to an average of 45 and a half points per game.

The Tornadoes only loss this season came to a Minnesota team, Pelican Rapids.

Cavalier's run at a state title will likely come down to the dynamic duo that led them to a state football title earlier this year, look out for Ryan Chrest and Brock Robbins.

Game 3, features the number one overall seed.

Rugby, the Panthers are the only other team besides Cavalier, that's making a 2nd straight trip to the B.

Their opponent is New Town, who knocked out Watford City for the Region 8 title.

New Town's depth is its strength, and Wayne Fox is tough to stop for the Eagles.

He scored 25 in the region final and went over 1,000 points for his career.

Rugby counters with the only perfect record in class A or Class B, the Panthers enter 25-0 after beating Des Lacs-Burlington by 11 for the Region 6 championship.

The Panthers have a great chance to end their 73-year state title drought.

Junior Brad Heidlebaugh is one of the best in the state, averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds per game.

The night cap is a rematch of the last state championship played in Grand Forks, when Beulah took down North Star for the 2012 title.

North Star beat last year's state runner-up Four-Winds Minnewaukan in double-overtime to reach state, Alex Weston hit the game winning 3, he also had the game-tying 3 to send the game to overtime.

The Bearcats last wore the state crown in 2011.

They enter with the fewest wins in the field at 18.

Beulah has won 16 straight after beginning the year, with a 3-5 record. The Miners have balance on offense, and have been dominant lately on defense which could help them to their 2nd title in 3 years in Grand Forks.

Our live televised coverage begins state-wide on ABC on Thursday at 1 o'clock.

Opening with the Oak Grove Grovers against the Flasher Bulldogs.

All of the quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship games can also be viewed live online at wday.com.

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