Four overtime periods and three buzzer-beating shots were needed to crown a champion in the Section 2AAA boys high school basketball final between Waseca Bluejays and Marshall Tigers held in St. Peter, Minnesota, Thursday.
The drama started with five seconds left in regulation as Marshall drove the length of the court and hit a three-point shot to tie the game at 72, sending it to overtime.
Marshall ties it....ball Falls at buzzer pic.twitter.com/WQ9uq7zxHl— JVH (@refjeff) March 4, 2016
The first overtime quarter was a back-and-forth battle, ending with the teams tied at 81.
Both teams managed just six points each in the second overtime, forcing a third extra period.
In the third overtime, Marshall led by three points with 1.7 seconds on the clock. Waseca's Nick Dufault took the inbounds pass and launched a shot the length of the court.
As Dufault's shot was about halfway to the basket, you can hear the horn sounding, indicating the third overtime was ending. Then you see the ball pass through the net, tying the score at 98 and sending the game to an unbelievable fourth overtime.
Watch Dufault's buzzer-beating bucket.
Nick Dufault ties it in 3rd OT with this shot!!!! pic.twitter.com/Q2lNarTJzC— JVH (@refjeff) March 4, 2016
The drama was not over.
Waseca and Marshall fought to the very end of the fourth bonus period, with the Bluejays breaking a 100-100 tie with another last-second three-point shot.
The term "March Madness" is most often associated with college basketball. However, Thursday night's game may have just stolen the term.
Waseca moves on to the Minnesota state championship tournament starting next Wednesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Watch local station, WTSP's montage of "The Three Miracles of St. Peter."
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