Waseca High beat Marshall High School in 4 overtimes in a hoops thriller to win their sectional playoff game and go to the Minnesota State High School Tournament. The neutral site of Gustavus Adolphus College’s Lund Gym held one of the most incredible high school basketball games ever played.
When Waseca beat Marshall 103 – 100, everyone in attendance knew they had been at a memorable game. It was a back and forth affair with Waseca holding a narrow edge at half-time: 29 – 27.
Miracle Number 1
In regulation, Marshall’s Trey Lance hit a three pointer to tie the score at 72 – Miracle number 1. Bring on overtime! The first OT saw each point score six points. The second overtime didn’t result in a clear victor as they were tied again.
Tied at 91 points in the the last seconds of the third overtime, Marshall’s Reece Winkelman was fouled while he made a drive from the baseline. The two points counted, and Winkelman made three points the old-fashioned way by making his foul shot giving Marshall a 94 – 91 lead with less than 2 seconds to go.
Miracle Number 2
Waseca’s Nick Dufault took the inbounds pass, and from a distance that Steph Curry would have been proud of, launched a 70 feet shot that miraculously went in without even touching the backboard. Miracle number 2 with a bullet! Dufault’s three pointer tied the score, and he led all scorers with 43 points.
On to the fourth overtime. By this time, many fans must have felt their hearts racing with these dramatic turns in fortune.
Waseca led by two points before Marshall’s Andrew Hmielewski hit a reverse lay-up to bring the score to a 100 – 100 tie with seven seconds to go. By this point, fans were expecting either another overtime or perhaps another miraculous shot.
They got the latter.
Miracle Number 3
Waseca’s Cole Streich took a cross-court pass, dribbled to the top of the key, and calmly drained a three pointer for miracle number 3. The third buzzer beater of the game gave Waseca the win 103 – 100. Finally, this barnburner was over. What a game!
The Waseca Blue Jays play Wednesday in the State quarterfinals.
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