Skip to main content

Video: Miracle shot from beyond half-court wins it for Hopkins in 4th OT


A 55-foot prayer was answered when Hopkins basketball star Amir Coffey's shot at the buzzer from beyond half-court in the fourth overtime of the Class 4A state tournament semifinals hit nothing but the bottom of the net, sending the top-ranked Royals to the Class 4A state championship game.

The miracle heave gave Hopkins a 49-46 win over a defensive-minded Shakopee team.

The half-court-plus fling by Coffey, son of former Golden Gopher Amir Coffey, was one of only two shots the guard made all night. The Star Tribune says the replay showed that Coffey got his buzzer beater off just in time.

Hopkins head coach Ken Novak Jr. said the shot rivals the Blake Hoffarber shot, where the former Gopher sharpshooter hit a shot from his backside at the buzzer to send the Royals to the state title game. Hoffarber won an ESPY Award.

The win advanced No. 1-seeded Hopkins to the 4A Championship game against No. 2 Lakeville North, which beat Cretin-Derham Hall 55-52 in the final game of the night.

The 4A title game is set for Saturday night at 9 p.m. at Target Center.

In Class 1A quarterfinal action Thursday, No. 1 seed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa dominated Park Christian 85-50 in the first game of the day, while No. 5 Fond du Lac Ojibwe squeaked by No. 4 Canby 85-82 in triple overtime.

In addition, No. 2 Red Lake rolled over Maranatha Christian Academy 95-67, and No. 3 Rushford Peterson topped Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 71-63.

Click here for a full look at the brackets. The full slate of remaining state tourney games are below, all of which will be played at Target Center.

Class 1A Semifinal Schedule — Friday, March 14
12 p.m. – BBE vs. Fond du Lac Ojibwe
2 p.m. – Maranatha Christian Academy vs. Rushford-Peterson

Class 2A Semifinal Schedule — Friday, March 14
6 p.m. – Annandale vs. Caledonia
8 p.m. – Esko vs. Fairmont

Class 3A Championship Game — Saturday, March 15
6 p.m. – DeLaSalle vs. Austin

Class 4A Championship Game — Saturday, March 15
9 p.m. – Hopkins vs. Lakeville North

Next Up

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 5-0 with win over Jacksonville

The Gophers are establishing momentum early in the season.

Anthony Edwards

Ant's massive slam leads Timberwolves to fifth straight win

The dunk didn't count, but provided the highlight of the night.

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

WIld arrive late, Cam Talbot stays on point to beat Devils

Despite a 30-minute delay, the Wild picked up a 3-2 victory.

Screen Shot 2021-11-24 at 4.10.54 PM

Appeal to find 35-year-old missing from Oak Grove home

Police say he's not believed to be in danger.

vote, election

7 MN Republicans urge states to audit 2020 election results

There has been no evidence of significant fraud in any single U.S. state.

child vaccine pexels

How many MN kids age 5-11 have received a COVID vaccine dose?

The governor says the state has one of the highest child vaccination rates in the U.S.

police lights

Seven juveniles arrested in connection with stolen vehicles in Woodbury

Woodbury authorities have issued a warning following a spate of auto thefts.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

1 dead after driver crashes into stalled vehicle on shoulder

The vehicle stopped on the side of the road was unoccupied at the time.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Update: Vikings say Griffen is out of his home, 'getting the care he needs'

After hours in his residence, the 33-year-old exited "without incident," the team said.

The search involved several local public safety agencies, including a State Patrol helicopter unit and a K9 team.

Woman, 22, dies in crash just outside Brainerd

Another woman was injured in the collision.