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North Woods beats the buzzer, defeats Ada-Borup in Class 1A semifinal

March 22, 2019 04:31 PM

North Woods will get a third consecutive opportunity to win a Class A crown following a dramatic 57-55 victory over Ada-Borup in the semifinals on Friday, March 22 at Target Center.

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Senior guard Cade Goggleye made a three-pointer from the deep right corner with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation time as part of a drama-packed final minute of play that allowed the Grizzlies (29-2) to earn a spot in the Class A championship game for the third consecutive season. 

North Woods, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 4 Henning for the crown on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. The Grizzlies, the Class A runner-up the past two seasons, couldn’t celebrate another championship berth until serving one last-ditch attempt by the No. 2-seeded Cougars. After Googleye’s successful three-pointer, Ada-Borup (29-2) took a timeout to figure out a plan to go the length of the court in less than half a second. A three-quarters court-length pass was good to junior center Mason Miller, but his desperation try from well beyond the NBA three-point line was off the mark. 

Half a minute earlier, Ada-Borup grabbed a 55-54 lead when senior guard Jared Brainard made two free throws. 
Junior forward Trevor Morrison powered the Grizzlies with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Goggleye had 18 rebounds, six assists, a block and three steals. 

North Woods, located in Cook, is the Section 7A champion. Section 7A has finished runner-up four times in the four-class era. In 1991 during the two-class era, Chisholm was the last school from Section 7 to win a championship. 

Miller paced the Cougars with 18 points and Brainard had 15. 

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