The buzzer beater from beyond half-court in the Hopkins-Shakopee game was pretty crazy. The ball sailed through the air for about 60-feet before splashing through the net as time expired in the fourth overtime. Hopkins won, but so did the team they'll meet in the Class 4A state championship game, Lakeville North – and they advanced on a wild buzzer-beater of their own.
Enter J.P. Macura.
The Xavier-bound guard can score at will, but nobody could have predicted he would fire up a game-winner nearly as impressive as the miracle shot that Hopkins' Amir Coffey buried just a couple of hours before him.
But he did. The Mr. Basketball finalist danced with the ball above the 3-point line as time ticked off the clock, and just before the buzzer sounded, his rainbow fadeaway 3-pointer from beyond NBA range was perfect.
“I’ve been a decoy on those kind of plays a lot, but I’ve never had the chance to make the shot,” said Macura, as reported by MN Basketball Hub. “I was thinking ‘It’s about time.’ I’ve put in too much work not to make that shot.”
Macura finished with 31 points. The final score was Lakeville North 55, Cretin-Derham Hall 52.