The Hillsboro-Central Valley Burros are state champions once again.
Despite Bishop Ryan erasing a 10-point deficit and forcing overtime, the Burros, just like last year, came up with a clutch last-second shot.
Ryan Troftgruben hit a go-ahead baseline three with just seconds left to make it 73-71 Burros. The Lions quickly inbounded the ball and heaved a shot down the court, but the attempt was no good.
In the the third place game, Kyler McGillis led St. John with 27 points to lead the Woodchucks over Carrington 56-52.
The Woodchucks trailed by nine to open the fourth quarter but generated numerous turnovers which led to transition buckets.
With less than two minutes to go and St. John up 55-49, McGillis dove for a loose ball, and a Carrington elbow struck him near the eye, causing McGillis to bleed onto the court. McGillis was rushed to the medical tent as play resumed. Carrington hit a three to bring the score to 55-52 before McGillis emerged from the tent with a bandaged eyebrow and clean jersey.
The senior proceeded to hit a free throw in the final 30 seconds to put the Woodchucks up two possessions, and the Cardinals could not muster another basket, giving St. John the win.
After the game, McGillis reflected on his high school career and special bond with head coach Steve Poitra.
“It’s been one of the best four years ever,” McGillis said. “[Coach Poitra is] a special guy and we’ve had a special thing this year. And that ‘s why we’re here at state.”
In the consolation championship, Beulah fended off Shiloh Christian 50-47. The game featured 14 lead changes and almost went to overtime. With the Miners up three and set to inbound the ball, Shiloh’s Matt Reep intercepted Mason Dolbec’s pass. Reep sent a shot off in time, but the shot was no good.
Derek Ferebee led the Miners with 14 points. Michael Schmidt added eight points and 11 rebounds, and he was also effective at limiting Shiloh center Macauley Young.
“It was very rewarding to be able to go out 2-1 in the state tournament,” Schmidt said after the game. “To be able to do that with these seniors, it was definitely an experience and a lot of fun.”
In the seventh place game, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood erased a 10-point deficit against Stanley to force overtime. The Warbirds outscored the Blue Jays 9-3 in OT to win 65-59. Blue Jays senior Waytt Hanson finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
Postseason awards can be found below:
Mr. Basketball: Wyatt Hanson, Stanley
State Tournament MVP: Carson Henningsgard, Hillsboro-Central Valley
Hillsboro-Central Valley: Carson Henningsgard, Jack Camrud
St. John: Kyler McGillis
Bishop Ryan: Ben Bohl, Mason Hedberg
Stanley: Wyatt Hanson
Carrington: Garrett Bickett
Shiloh Christian: Jaden Mitzel
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood: Luke Foertsch
Beulah: Derek Ferebee