In a Minnesota State High School Basketball semifinal game last night, it appeared as if the Hopkins vs. Shakopee game was going to go down in history as one of the most boring 4 overtime games in history. With no shot clock in Minnesota high school ball, Hopkins took the strategy of playing for the last shot against Shakopee’s match up zone defense. For the end of regulation and most of the overtimes, action stalled with just a Hopkins guard holding the ball or dribbling the ball near half court as Shakopee stayed back in their match up zone defense.
In the 4th OT, Hopkins made their move to the basket with about 15 seconds left to play, but turned the ball over when a player stepped on the sidelines. Shakopee had 6 seconds to get off a shot, but a Hopkins defender intercepted a pass and a time out was called. Hopkins ball with 2.2 seconds on the clock.
Hopkins’ Amir Coffey took the inbounds pass from the far side of the court, advanced the ball with a couple dribbles and launched a desperation heave as time expired. The 60-foot shot hit nothing but net and Hopkins advanced to the State Finals.
Coffey is a four star recruit who up until that time in the game had struggled. He was just one for nine from the field. He had missed an opportunity to end the game earlier when he took the last shot in regulation.
In the other semi game, Lakeville North topped Cretin-Derham Hall on a buzzer beater by J.P. Macura. Macura’s shot was only a pedestrian 30 footer. Macura’s Lakeville North team will face Coffey’s Hopkins team in the final on Saturday.
VIDEO: Check out this ground angle view of the shot
Many Minnesota basketball fans were reminded of another famous Hopkins buzzer beater from a few years ago.
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