(KXNET) — The 2023 Class B Boys Basketball State Tournament is officially underway! Who will run the table and come out as State Champions? We’ll have full game recaps, highlights, exclusive interviews, and everything you’ll need to keep up with the week’s action!

Keep up with KX Tournament Central as we cover all the March Madness from North Dakota High School Basketball!

Tournament Central Quick Links and Dates

Current Bracket

Class B Boys Basketball Tournament Bracket

2023 Class B Boys Basketball State Tournament Bracket

Class B Boys Championship

Final: #1 Central Cass defeats #2 Shiloh Christian: 61-44

Central Cass Head Coach Matt Norman Reacts to the Squirrels 2023 Class B Boys Championship

Central Cass Guard Sam Kobbervig Reacts to the Squirrels Title Game win over Shiloh Christian

Central Cass Forward Cole Holzer Reacts to Winning a Title over Shiloh Christian

2nd Half Recap: Central Cass takes down Shiloh Christian, 61-44, to win their first state title since 1968 and complete their undefeated season!

The Squirrels dominated Shiloh in the 4th quarter of the championship, outscoring the Skyhawks 22-8.

The win also makes Central Cass the first school since Bishop Ryan in 1993/1994 and just the second school ever to win both the Class B Boys and Girls Championships in the same year.

Central Cass’ Cole Holzer led all scorers with 15 points and led all players with 14 total rebounds and 2 blocked shots on the night. Sam Kobbervig was named Tournament MVP after his phenomenal play in the last three games with him scoring 14 points and dishing out 4 assists in his final game of the tournament.

As for Shiloh, they came just a quarter away from pulling off the upset and spoiling Central Cass’ perfect season. Caden Englund led the team with 13 points and 7 rebounds, Atticus Wilkinson wasn’t far behind with 12 points and 6 rebounds on the night.

1st Half Recap: Central Cass leads Shiloh Christian at the half, 30-23, in a back-and-forth title game that has seen lots of offense from both teams.

The Squirrels have been on fire shooting from beyond the arc in the first half, scoring 18 of their 30 points from three and shooting 54% from three. Sam Kobbervig is once again the scoring leader for Central Cass, having scored 10 points so far. Eli Buhr isn’t far behind with 6 points, and Carter Vrochta currently has 5.

On the other end, Shiloh’s Caden Englund has been the leading scorer for the Skyhawks, scoring 8 first-half points. Atticus Wilkinson is right behind him with 5, and Jay Wanzek with 4.

Both teams will be looking for a way to pull away and take control of the game in the second half of what looks like a game that could come down to the wire.

Semifinal Matchups

Semifinal: #2 Shiloh Christian defeats #3 Beulah: 65-61/OT

Shiloh Christian’s Jay Wanzek reacts to the Skyhawks’ overtime win over Beulah in the Class B State Semifinals

Shiloh Christian’s Brad Miller on the Skyhawks’ first trip to the Class B Championship since 2019

2nd Half/Overtime Recap: Shiloh Christian shakes off a Beulah 4th quarter comeback to take down the Miners in overtime, 65-61, and secure their first trip to the state finals since 2019.

All of Shiloh’s 65 points came from only four different players: Atticus Wilkinson (21 points), Joseph Wanzek (20 points), Kyler Klein (16 points), and Caden Englund (8 points). Wanzek led all players with 11 rebounds and was the only player to record a blocked shot (he had 5).

The Skyhawks as a team shot 58% from the field and were able to outrebound Beulah, 34-26.

Beulah left it all on the court and like Shiloh, had 58 of their 61 points come from only three different players: Trace Beauchamp (24 points), Braylen Schirado (19 points), and Bennett Larson (15 points). The biggest factor in the Miners’ comeback was steals, forcing 18 Shiloh turnovers to their 13.

1st Half Recap: Shiloh Christian leads Beulah at the half, 29-24, after a late 2nd quarter run by Shiloh saw them finally pull away from Beulah in what has been a very back-and-forth match.

The Skyhawks’ Kyler Klein stole the ball from Braylen Schirado and was able to get a layup off just before the buzzer to give Shiloh the largest lead for either side of the game.

Both teams’ offenses have been solid with Atticus Wilkinson leading Shiloh in scoring with 10 points. Klein wasn’t too far behind with 7 points and a game-high 3 rebounds. The Skyhawks as a whole are currently shooting 56% from the field.

On the other end, Beulah’s Bennett Larson leads all scorers with 11 points with Trace Beauchamp scoring 8 points at the half for the Miners.

It may come down to the final possession in the Class B Semifinal matchup!

Semifinal: #1 Central Cass defeats #5 Des Lacs-Burlington: 64-57

Central Cass head coach Matt Norman discusses his team’s Semifinal win over DLB

Central Cass’ Cole Holzer reacts to the teams’ big win over DLB to go to the state championship

2nd Half Recap: Central Cass holds off a Des Lacs-Burlington comeback to advance to its first state championship since 1968 after winning, 64-57.

A back-and-forth fourth quarter saw both teams looking to break away and take a big lead, luckily for the Squirrels, their break came in the form of a three-pointer for Sam Kobbervig to put them up 60-56.

Kobbervig filled up the stat sheet for Central Cass scoring a game-high 26 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. He also shot 5 for 6 from beyond the arc on the day. Cole Holzer also played a big role for the Squirrels, scoring 12 of his 13 points in the second half and grabbing a team-high 6 rebounds.

On the other end, Des Lacs-Burlington’s Carson Yale and Ryan Olson held their own, scoring 17 and 16 points apiece. Yale finished the game with a game-high 8 rebounds.

The biggest factor in the Lakers’ loss was the turnover margin. Giving up 15 turnovers to Central Cass’ 4.

1st Half Recap: Des Lacs-Burlington sneaks into halftime with the lead over Central Cass, 28-27.

A 16-0 run to open the second quarter by the Squirrels put them in the lead at 27-21. What followed was a 7-0 run by the Lakers to close out the quarter and give them the lead.

For the Lakers, Ryan Olson (10 points and 2 rebounds) and Carson Yale (9 points and 5 rebounds) have led the way for a DLB squad that is currently shooting 55% from the field. What’s been hurting the team however is their turnovers, giving up 9 turnovers to Central Cass’ 2.

On the other end, the Squirrels have been led by Sam Kobbervig, who leads all scorers with 13 points. Mason Bosse isn’t far behind with 7 points thus far. Central Cass will be looking to be careful of getting into foul trouble heading into the second half, having out-fouled DLB, 10-5.

Quarterfinal Matchups

Quarterfinal: #2 Shiloh Christian defeats Powers Lake-Burke Central: 69-38

Shiloh’s Caden Englund discusses his team’s quarterfinal win in the Class B state tournament

Shiloh Christian’s Brad Miller discusses his team’s quarterfinal win over Powers Lake

2nd Half Recap: Shiloh Christian defeats Powers Lake-Burke Central, 69-38, going wire-to-wire and never looking back after a 7-0 run in the first quarter.

Isaac Emmel and Kyler Klein finished the day as the Skyhawks’ leading scorers with 14 points apiece. Jay Wanzek finished the game with a double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds). Caden Englund was also fantastic, scoring 12 points and finishing with 7 assists.

Shiloh was incredible shooting the ball, shooting 60% from the field and from three. The Skyhawks also outrebounded the Ranchers, 36-21.

As for the Ranchers, it was much of the same in the second half as they just couldn’t find a rhythm shooting the ball, finishing the day shooting 32% from the field.

Kyle Huseby led the Ranchers in scoring with 11 points, with Tyson Enget not too far behind with 9 points.

1st Half Recap: Shiloh Christian heads into halftime with the lead over Powers Lake-Burke Central, 44-24.

A 15-2 run to start the game for Shiloh in 1st quarter put them out to a nice lead from the jump. Jay Wanzek and Kyler Klein have led the way for the Skyhawks, who are currently shooting 5 for 7 from three (71%) and 18 for 24 from the field (75%).

Wanzek leads all scorers with 11 points thus far, with Klein not far behind with 10 points. Caden Englund has also been fantastic for the Skyhawks, scoring 8 points and 6 assists.

On the other end, Kyle Huseby and Tyson Enget are the leading scorers for the Ranchers with 9 and 8 points apiece. They’ve also been having a difficult time keeping up with Shiloh’s shooting as the Ranchers have shot just 40% so far in the contest.

Quarterfinal: #3 Beulah defeats Medina-Pingree/Buchanan: 48-31

Beulah’s Braylen Schirado discusses his team’s quarterfinal win over MPB

Beulah’s Jeremy Brandt discusses his team’s quarterfinal win in the Class B state tournament

2nd Half Recap: Beulah turned on the jets in the second half, scoring 23 unanswered points to take down Medina-Pingree/Buchanan, 48-31.

A three from Aidan O’Brien gave Beulah a 28-27 lead with about 4 minutes to go in the third quarter, what followed was an offensive and defensive clinic from the Miners that saw them score 23 unanswered points deep into the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Beulah held the Thunder to 13% shooting in the second half while the Miners shot 57% in the second half. In total, Beulah outscored Medina-Pingree/Buchanan, 29-10, in the second half.

Braylen Schirado led all scorers with 12 points on the day for the Miners, Tarren Larson was not far behind with 11 points, followed by Trace Beauchamp with 10 points.

Rylen Wick and Gage Magstadt led the Thunder in scoring with 8 points apiece.

1st Half Recap: Medina-Pingree/Buchanan leads Beulah at halftime, 21-19, in what has been a very physical and defensive first half.

Both teams have been able to contain one another’s offenses, with the Thunder being held to 30% shooting from the field and Beulah being held to 33%. MPB has outrebounded the Miners so far, 18-16.

Gage Magstadt has led the way for the Thunder with 8 points with Sawyer Wanzek and Rylen Wick not far behind with 4 points and 5 rebounds apiece.

For Beulah, Tarren Larson and Trace Beauchamp both lead the Miners in scoring with 6 points each.

Quarterfinal: #1 Central Cass defeats Warwick: 58-46

Central Cass Head Coach Matteson Norman discusses his team’s quarterfinal win over Warwick

Central Cass’ Mason Bosse discusses his team’s win over Warwick in the quarterfinals of the Class B tournament

2nd Half Recap: Central Cass keeps its perfect season alive going on a 19-0 in the 4th quarter late to beat Warwick, 58-46, in a Class B thriller you had to see to believe.

The Squirrels were down 43-38 heading into the 4th quarter when both the offense and defense started to click and jumpstart Central Cass to 19 straight unanswered points, outscoring Warwick in the 4th quarter, 20-3.

Cole Holzer was unstoppable, finishing with 16 points, 19 rebounds, and 5 assists. Carter Vrochta (12 points, 5 steals, and 4 rebounds) and Mason Bosse (10 points, 2 rebounds 2 assists) were also big pieces in the win for Central Cass.

As for Warwick, all great journies must come to an end. The 6-seed from Region 4 threw the kitchen sink at the undefeated Squirrels and were one-quarter away from pulling off the upset.

Elijah Feather Jr had a fantastic day shooting the ball for the Warriors, scoring a game-high 19 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, and racking up 4 steals. Mark Fasset Jr finished the day with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists.

1st Half Recap: At the half, Warwick leads Central Cass, 29-27, in a matchup that has been the definition of back and forth.

The first half has seen 13 total lead changes so far between the Squirrels and Warriors, with the largest lead of the game so far being the 4-0 run by Central Cass to start the game.

For Warwick, Elijah Feather Jr has been the team’s leading scorer thus far with 8 points so far, with Mark Fasset Jr not far behind with 6 points.

The Warriors as a whole have played very well, shooting 43% from the field so far and have forced 9 Central Cass turnovers compared to their 5.

On the other end, Carter Vrochta and Sam Kobbervig have been the Squirrels’ leading scorers with 6 points each. Cole Holzer has also had a solid first half, scoring 4 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, and dishing out 3 assists.

Central Cass has also outrebounded the Warriors, 21-14, and is currently shooting 35% from the field.

This quarterfinal has all the makings of a game that could come down to the buzzer.

Quarterfinal: #5 Des Lacs-Burlington defeats #4 Thompson: 55-48

DLB’s Head Coach Christopher Brown Reacts to the Lakers’ win in the Class B State Quarterfinals

DLB’s Braylon Fisher Reacts to the Lakers’ win in the Class B State Quarterfinals

2nd Half Recap: Des Lacs-Burlington holds off a Thompson comeback in a Class B shootout to advance to the semifinals in their first state trip since 1998.

The Lakers finished the day with three players scoring double digits: Carson Yale (14 points and 11 rebounds), Braylon Fisher (13 points and 9 rebounds), and Paxton Ystaas (12 points and 3 rebounds). The team as a whole outrebounded the Tommies, 44-30, and outshot them 42% to 34%.

Despite the loss, Thompson fought to the final buzzer, outscoring the Lakers in the second half, 30-22. It just wasn’t enough to overcome the 15-point deficit from the first half.

Thompson’s Jakob Starcevic led all scorers with 15 points on the day, with Drew Overby not far behind with 13 points for the Tommies. They also forced 11 Laker turnovers to their 5.

The loss also marks Thompson’s first state loss in the history of the program.

1st Half Recap: Des Lacs-Burlington leads Thompson at the half, 33-19.

Des Lacs-Burlington’s defense showed up in the first half, holding the Tommies to 30% shooting from the field and outrebounding them 22-12.

Braylon Fisher (9 points and 4 rebounds) and Carson Yale (8 points and 6 rebounds) have been the leaders for the Lakers so far, helping them to shoot 50% from the field in the first half. Paxton Ystaas has also been a big help, scoring 7 points and dishing out 2 assists.

On the other end, Jakob Starcevic has been the only player on the Tommies to make more than one shot so far. Starcevic went into the half with 7 points and 2 rebounds.

Thompson will look to find some consistency in their offense if they hope to come back and defeat Des Lacs-Burlington.

Featured Articles

Featured Articles:

Tournament Central Quick Links and Dates