One would be hard-pressed to find a crazier basketball game than the one that took place at a high school in Minnesota this week. Allow me to give you a quick walk-through of what went down.
With a trip to the state tournament on the line, Waseca High led Marshall High by three with only a few seconds to play. They had a chance to seal the victory by simply making a free throw, but the shooter missed, Marshall grabbed the rebound and buzzer-beater number one happened.
The two teams were still tied after the first overtime due to some clutch free throws, and the second overtime saw a John Havlicek-type steal to send the game into a third overtime. If this game hadn’t been crazy enough, a Marshall three-point play with about a second to go gave them a 98-95 lead, meaning that Waseca would need to inbound the ball under their own basket and go the entire length of the floor to send the game into a fourth overtime. No problem. Nick Dufault, the coach’s nephew, stepped up with buzzer-beater number two.
Finally, with the game tied at 100, Waseca’s Cole Streich dribbled to the top of the key and nailed the final buzzer-beater of the night, a three as time expired to give Waseca the 103-100 victory and a trip to the state tourney.
Cole Streich with the game winner!!!Waseca wins 103-100. Jays headed to state. pic.twitter.com/Fnn9k9fkht
— Dan Ring (@WCNSports) March 4, 2016
To think, this game was 29-27 at the half. Four overtimes and three buzzer-beaters later, Waseca High School survives to play another day. What a crazy night.