In boys high school basketball, on Thursday, history will be made when the Legacy Sabers play their first ever State Tournament game.
This is the shot that sent the Legacy boys basketball team to their first ever state tournament.
“All I had to do was spin back,” junior Rhett Clements said, “and everything fell into place.”
Legacy defeated Minot, 72-68, in the region qualifier game.
“It felt surreal,” senior Paxton Miller said. “It didn’t feel real at all. I couldn’t expect anything better to happen at this point in the season.”
The win was a strong finish to a season that saw it’s ups and downs. Legacy started the 7-1.
“After that we felt confident,” Miller said.
Then Legacy dropped three straight. After that the third loss, their leading scorer at the time, Troy Hilz, went down with an injury.
“We were playing pretty well at the time,” head coach Jason Horner said. “It was a really difficult injury for us to come back from.”
Hilz was out five weeks after tearing to ligaments in his left ankle.
“At times,” Troy Hilz said, “our team would struggle. I felt like if I was out there I could do something. On the bench, I tried to do as much as I could.”
The injury forced Legacy to find depth.
“We went through some growing pains during that time,” Horner said. “When we got him back and we got everybody healthy, I feel like it made us a better team.”
Even with Hilz back, Legacy went 1-1 to finish the regular season. Then the Sabers defeated Williston in the region play-in game. Then lost to Mandan in the first round.
“We got down 11 on Friday to Turtle Mountain,” Horner said. “I was really, really proud of the kids. They showed some resolve and poise.”
After the win the against Turtle Mountain, Legacy had to beat basketball powerhouse Minot for a spot in the State tournament.”
“I’m from Minot,” Miller said. “So that makes it that much more sweeter for me.”
Legacy will be the West No. 4 seed and will play the East No. 1 seed out of the east Fargo Davies at 2 p.m.