March 18, 2017 10:45 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
MINOT, N.D. – In the 85-year history of the North Dakota High School Activities Association’s Class B boys basketball state tournament there may not have been a more thrilling finish than the 2017 title game played on Saturday, March 18 at the Minot State Dome.
Hillsboro-Central Valley defeated defending state champion Four Winds Minnewaukan 63-60 courtesy of a buzzer-beater 3-pointer made by senior guard Kyle Henningsgard as time expired.
The game was tied 60-60 in the final minute and the Burros later held for a final shot. Henningsgard made a pass at the top of the key and made a move along the perimeter to create enough space to get the ball back and get an attempt off before the buzzer sounded.
"It's something every basketball player dreams about," Henningsgard said of the game-winning shot. "It is a rare occasion to play in a state championship game. The ball was in my hands with 30 seconds left. I tried to make a play for the team. The coach trusted me the team trusted me. I was able to put it up and it went in."
Henningsgard scored 15 points to lead the Burros. Eleven of those 15 points came in the fourth quarter.
"We prepared for that situation," Hillsboro-Central Valley head coach Elliot Rotvold said. "With the game tied we figured let's get the last shot if it goes in we win and if it doesn't go in we go to overtime. We felt good about our chances in that respect. What a game ... What a game. Give Four Winds/Minnewaukan all the credit in the world. They are a great team and we feel privileged to win that game."
The title game was a rematch of a regular season meeting between the two teams that Hillsboro-Central Valley won 68-63 on January 13.
Four Winds-Minnewaukan was led by Tronis McKay, who scored 21 points.
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