Hopkins Beats Lakeville North in 4A Title Game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Amir Coffey scored 19 points, Vinnie Shahid added 13 and Hopkins beat Lakeville North 64-55 on Saturday night to win the Minnesota boys Class 4A state title.
Coffey — the prized University of Minnesota recruit — helped spark a 15-0 run in the second half that put the Royals (31-1) ahead for good. Up to that point, the Panthers had held the high-scoring Royals — who came into the state tournament averaging 92 points per game — in check for most of the night.
Fifth-seeded Lakeville North (26-6) was trying to complete an impressive run to its second 4A title in three years after eliminating previously unbeaten Osseo in the semifinals. The Panthers held Hopkins to a 23-all tie in the first half and led 42-37 with nine minutes left to play.
But Coffey and Xavier Johnson combined for 10 points during Hopkins' decisive run. Shahid scored nine points in the final five minutes to hold off Lakeville North's last gasp, and Hopkins won its ninth state title and first since 2011.
Gabe Kalscheur scored 27 points to lead DeLaSalle to a 79-56 victory over Fergus Falls in the 3A title game on Saturday night to become the first boys team in Minnesota history to win five straight state championships.
The top-seeded Islanders (24-4) won their 10th state title in school history. All but two of those championships came under the guidance of Dave Thorson, who notched his 500th-career coaching victory on Saturday.
Senior Chris Olson had 33 points, bolstering Braham's fast start and strong perimeter shooting as the Bombers won the Class 2A state boys basketball title 96-90 over Jackson County Central on Saturday at Target Center.
It is the Bombers' fourth state championship and first since winning three consecutive titles from 2004 to 2006.
Minneapolis North secured its first state boys basketball title since 2003 with a 68-45 victory over Goodhue in the Class A championship game on Saturday at Target Center in Minneapolis.
It is the Polars' sixth state title.
North (29-5) jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the game's first 5:42, highlighted by an alley-oop from nearly half court as guard Pat Dembley connected with fellow senior Tyler Johnson.
Goodhue (24-10) fought back with a 24-10 run to end the first half with a 26-25 lead, but the Polars responded with 19-4 run of their own to begin the second half.
North guard Isaac Johnson finished with 18 points, and Dembley finished with 14 points. Goodhue's Ben Opsahl had 12 points, while Jacob Pasch and Jacob McNamara each had nine.