On Mar. 15, the Class B boys’ state tournament tips off at the Bismarck Event Center. KX Sports thought it would be fun to look back at some of the outstanding moments and standout games in tournament history.
As we approach the 80th Class B boys’ state tournament, there have been some thrilling moments.
“Obviously last year’s game with Hillsboro when they went on a last second buzzer beater,” Perry Hanson said.
We can even go back to 1977 when Hillsboro played Epping for the title.
“Epping North Dakota High School,” Hanson said. “They had six players on their team. I think they finished the game with four, but I could be wrong there.”
Right now, there are 108 teams in Class B, but at one time, there were 32 full districts in the state.
“We are currently sitting at 16 districts,” Hanson said. “Some of the districts have decided to go to super regions now and not even have districts tournaments.”
In the past, the Boys B provided North Dakota with it’s own 64-team tournament.
“There were eight regions all with eight teams in them,” Hanson said. “That encompassed the 64-team tournament. Single elimination all the way to the end.”
But what makes the state’s largest basketball tournament so special are the schools who are here for the first time, like St. John.
“There’s teams that’ll make it for the first time in multiple years,” Hanson said.
Throughout the years their have been several memorable performances. Wiley Bearstail scored 109 points in three games in 1999. The best single game performance was Gary Bakken with 49 points in 1966 consolation game.
As far as championships, the co-op of Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg leads with eight, but that includes titles when the team went by just Mayville.”
The tournament starts Mar. 15 with the champion crowned Saturday at 8 p.m.