WILLISTON - Trenton breezed its way into the state tournament, leading by as many as 54 points in a 91-39 win over Tioga on Thursday in the Region 8 championship.
Michael Rademacher finished with a game-high 33 points on 14-of-20 shooting for the Tigers. Rademacher was one of four Trenton players to finish in double figures.
The Tigers shot 58 percent from the field and 56 percent from behind the arc. Trenton finished with 36 field goals.
Trenton's defense forced 33 turnovers leading to 50 points and held the Pirates to 12 total points between the second and third quarters. The Tigers outscored Tioga 48-12 during that span.
Brady Thompson scored more than half of Tioga's points, tallying 20. Thompson hit five of Tioga's six 3-pointers.
Trenton will play Region 2 champion Cavalier in the first round of the state tournament on Thursday at the MSU Dome.
In the third-place game, Watford City used a big third quarter to pull away from North Shore in a 71-47 victory. Tyler Bates led the Wolves with 17 points.
Leading by five at halftime, Watford City outscored the Wildcats 20-9 in the third quarter to take a 52-36 lead into the final frame.
DEVILS LAKE - Jacob Hagler scored a game-high 30 points for second-ranked North Star, but it wasn't enough as the Bearcats were upset by No. 5 Four Winds-Minnewaukan 66-56 on Thursday in the Region 4 championship.
The Indians held slim one-point leads at halftime and at the end of the third quarter before pulling away down the stretch. FW-M's Trayvon McKay and Collin Delorme each finished with a team-high 18 points. Hadley Smith tallied 11 points.
The Indians avenged an early-season loss to the Bearcats, dethroning last year's region champion in the process.
Hagler was the only player for North Star to finish in double figures. Christian Kvilvang - the Bearcats' second-leading scorer in the game - finished with nine points.
FW-M will play Region 6-champion Rugby on Thursday at the MSU Dome.
Carrington edged St. John 65-63 in the third-place game behind Scott Burnham's 21 points. The Cardinals led by seven at halftime and six at the end of the third quarter.
Sean Jay finished with 21 points for St. John.
DICKINSON - In a matchup of two of the top three teams in the state, No. 3 Dickinson Trinity defeated top-ranked Beulah 64-52 on Thursday for the Region 7 crown.
Beulah entered the contest undefeated, including a five-point victory over the
Titans in mid-January.
But Trinity won the game that meant the most, taking out last year's region-title holder for the right to play Region 3 champion LaMoure-Litchville-Marion in the first round of the state tournament on Thursday at the MSU Dome.
The Titans led by seven at the end of the first quarter and by four at halftime.
Mott-Regent took third place by beating Heart River 64-59.