Section 8A boys Basektball Championship
#1 Sacred Heart vs. #1 Cass Lake-Bena – BBB (96.7 FM KKCQ & YourLiveEvent.com)
Thief River Falls, MN — A game like no other. The Sacred Heart Eagles defeated the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers on Friday night 69-67 in double overtime to advance to their first ever State Class A Tournament appearance.
The Eagles were solid during the first half of play. They handled the Panthers pressure, played tough on the interior and knocked down open shots when they had their opportunities and took a 30-19 lead into the half. The had seven different players contribute in the scorning column in half one. In the second half though, it was obvious that Cass Lake-Bena ramped up their ball pressure and forced the Eagles into turnovers early and often and took the lead after a 19-9 run to start the half. The game hung in the balance with only 10 seconds remaining and Sacred Heart at the free throw line with the score at 55-53 and trying to make it a three point game. The Eagles could not make it a three point game giving the Panthers the opportunity to potentially win the game. Kaydin Lee got off a 3-point shot on the right wing but air balled and the basketball fell into the lap of Panthers Senior Leroy Fairbanks who banked the layup at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
In the first OT period both teams were only able to muster five points each and thus, the second overtime would begin with both teams deadlocked at 60-60. In the second OT, free throws proved to be the difference maker as Sacred Heart shot 6 of 8 and Cass Lake-Bena only had one attempt at the stripe. Cass Lake-Bena had a chance at the end with the final possession but a last second attempt hit off the rim and Sacred Heart would win 69-67 in two overtimes.
The Sacred Heart Eagles claimed the Section 8A crown and will be heading to the State Class A Boys Basketball Tournament for the first time in school history.
Sacred Heart Eagles Stats
Kobe Tomkinson 27 pts 2 rebs
Sam Gapp 14 pts 7 rebs
Ethan Arntson 13 pts 4 rebs
Josiah Sundby 8 pts 3 rebs
21 of 28 FT’s – 75%
Cass Lake-Bena Panthers Stats
Kaydin Lee 31 pts 4 rebs
Leroy Fairbanks 17 pts 8 rebs
Dominic Fairbanks 13 pts 6 rebs
6 of 10 FT’s – 60%
comments from Sacred Heart coach Destry Sterkel
|East Grand Forks – Sacred Heart||69||Win|
|Cass Lake-Bena||67 2OT||Loss|