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Rochester Lourdes advances to AA state final game in quadruple overtime

Jesse Leith was the leading scorer for Redwood Valley with seven points at halftime.1 / 3
Redwood Valley had a chance to win it underneath the basket but Jesse Leith's shot was rejected, sending the game to three overtimes. Photo by Sam Benshoof.2 / 3
Alex Kapraun couldn't get this potential game winner to fall sending the game to quadruple overtime.3 / 3

The Rochester Lourdes Eagles (23-7) and Redwood Valley Cardinals (22-7) played to a stalemate at the half of the opening game of the AA semifinals. The score remained knotted for four overtime periods. Lourdes was finally victorious 48-42 in quadruple overtime.

The Eagles will face the winner of Perham (29-1) and Waterville-Elysian-MINNEAPOLIS - Morristown (29-2), a game originally scheduled for 8 p.m., but delayed to a 9 p.m. tip-off.

Redwood Valley is led by Mike Busack and JT Radel. Both average 22 points per game. In the first half, Busack was held to only four points, while Radel had only five in a defensive affair. Guard Jesse Leith had seven points leading the Cardinals.

The Eagles had a balanced scoring attack in the first half getting six points from Alex Kapraun and Nic Jensen, four points from Shane McGrath and three points from Adam Lentz.

Stats at the half were relatively even. Rebounding went 17-12 Redwood Valley, but the Cardinals turned the ball over three more times losing that battle 8-5.

Both teams traded baskets in the second half sticking to each other on the scoreboard.

The game was tied at 37 with 6.5 seconds remaining. Rochester Lourdes' Chris Eickemeyer got a shot off from the baseline to win it at the buzzer but it bounced off the back of the iron sending the game to overtime.

Radel nailed the front end of a one-and-one and sunk the second attempt to give the Cardinals the early lead in overtime. Shane McGrath sunk a deuce and was fouled but missed a chance at giving Lourdes the lead with 2:27 remaining in overtime. The score, as it had been most of the game, remains tied. 39-39.

Both teams scored only one basket in the first overtime. An Alex Kapraun 14-footer in the waning seconds of overtime was no good. Kapraun leads all scorers with 15 points.

Jordan Ford finally got the Cardinals on the board with two free throws but was answered quickly by an Eickemeyer put-back to tie the game at 41. Leith had a chance to win it underneath the basket but his shot was rejected sending the game to three overtimes.

Lourdes held the ball for the final 90 seconds of a scoreless third overtime before Kapraun missed two more chances at a game-winner. His shot from the top of the key was no good. Inbounding with 0.2 seconds remaining he had a tip chance that hung on the front of the rim before falling away no good.

Radel made one of two free throws to finally get Redwood Valley on the board in the fourth overtime, but was answered immediately by an eager Kapraun from three giving the Eagles a 44-42 advantage with 1:21 remaining. McGrath was found streaking for an easy two for the Eagles and the Cardinals fell apart on offense. Kapraun made two free throws to ice the game.

Scoring: Half 19-19, Final RL 48, RV 42.

Rochester Lourdes: Kapraun 20, McGrath 10, Jensen 10, Eickemeyer 4, Lentz 3, Griffin 1 -- 48.

Redwood Valley: Radel 10, Busack 8, Ford 8, Leith 7, Koster 6, Hengel 3 -- 42.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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