Tonight will be a night filled with great basketball games as section finals are played throughout Minnesota, but none of them may end up going down to the wire quite like the Buffalo versus St. Cloud Tech game was Thursday night.
Five overtimes. Five. Yes. Five.
According to the St. Cloud Times, Buffalo outlasted the Tech Tigers, 83-75 in quintuple overtime to claim the Class 4A, Section 8 title. It was a 56 minute basketball game (36 minutes in regulation, 20 minutes of overtime).
It was 52-52 at the end of regulation, 59-59 after the first overtime, 65-65 after the second OT, 69-69 after the third and 73--73 after four OTs .
“Unfortunately, one of us had to lose,” St. Cloud Tech head coach Mike Trewick said. “It was just a great high school basketball game. I don’t know how you can top something like that.”
Tech failed to reach the state tournament for the first time since 2010, when Nate Wolters, who now plays in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks, led Tigers to the Target Center. Buffalo is back in the state tourney for the first time since winning the Class 4A championship in 2007.
Another game that gained a lot of attention was Cretin-Derham Hall's upset win over Apple Valley, which put an end to the historic prep career of Duke-bound Tyus Jones.
There are 18 additional section final games tonight. The state tournament brackets will be unveiled on Saturday.