MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Waseca boys’ basketball team is making national headlines after their four-overtime win over Marshall last night. It’s not because they won the game, it’s how they did it.
The Minnesota Section 2AAA boys basketball championship game went into overtime, with the winner set to advance to the state tournament. The battle went down at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
At the end of regulation play, Marshall sophomore Trey Lance managed to hit a three-point shot that tied them up, forcing overtime.
“It was a crazy game. It was a blessing to be part of,” said Trey Lance, who tied the game in the final second of regulation. “I’ve watched it a lot of times, I’m not going to lie and every time, I get goosebumps every time. It sucks that it’s over again, but it was a lot of fun. It was the craziest game I’ve ever been part of, probably will ever be part of.”
Trey’s three-pointer sent the game into a second overtime … and then came a third.
The Bluejays found themselves down by 3 points with one second remaining in the third overtime, as Marshall had the lead 94-91. That’s when Waseca’s Nick Dufault launched the ball nearly the entire length of the court, and it found purchase.
“I took two steps and just heaved it up to the basket and it went in,” Dufault said. “I still can’t believe that it did. I mean, it’s just so surreal. I guarantee you I would never make that shot again if I did it.”
The cherry on top came at the end of the fourth overtime, when Waseca’s Cole Streich broke what looked like yet another tie-score at the buzzer by hitting a three-point shot.
“I was wide open, so might as well take the shot,” Streich said. “I did not want it to go into another overtime because that would have been really hard.”
“Nobody even expected us to even get to the section finals, let alone win the game. I just think we’re really excited and stoked to go to the state tournament for the first time in 14 years,” Dufault said.
Waseca’s 103-100 win was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter Friday morning, and the student athletes said their phones were full of messages from friends and family after the game.
The team is still waiting to hear who they’ll face off against at the State Tournament.
The Minnesota Timberwolves said they plan on recognizing both teams at their Saturday game against the Brooklyn Nets.