I wasn’t able to watch the game live last night, but watching it this morning was still a nerve racking experience. I knew the outcome of the game. Mistakenly checking Twitter last night informed me it ended with a buzzer-beater by one of the nicest kids I’ve ever come across, Ryan Troftgruben. There was no reason to worry, but I was still chewing my fingernails and watching intently.
Troftgruben hits the shot to give HCV their second straight state championship off a three from the corner. This time it was even more high stakes than the one from Kyle Henningsgard last year. HCV was trailing 71-70 when the shot left his hand. It was a great basketball game and proof postiive why the State “B” is the best sporting event in North Dakota.
— MJH 🐻 (@TheRealHags) March 18, 2018
That’s a hell of a way to end your high school career. Troftgruben wasn’t a starter or even the first guy off the bench in this game. That didn’t seem to phase him as he was a huge part of this championship run. He knocked down four 3’s in th semi-finals and three more in the championship. None bigger than the second one he made in the overtime period.
I didn’t think it was possible to have a better end to a game after last year. (See: The State “B” is right around the corner, let’s revisit a great moment from last years tournament) Then the Burros fell victim to the Bishop Ryan press and let them back into it. Let’s not forget about the deeeeeeeep three by Mason Hedberg to tie the game so it went into overtime. The ensuing possession saw the Burros turn the ball over and almost have last year’s fate turned around on them.
It was a great game and fitting ending for the defending champions. Who knows, they’ve got a young enough roster and two core players, Carson Henningsgard and Landon Reed, coming back next year. Maybe we see a 3-peat? Congrats HCV on the state title and Ryan Troftgruben on the big shot.