Kamali Chambers held the ball in his left arm and grinned as he watched the Target Center clock melt away. The Shakopee crowd picked up yet another chant of "boring" as Ken Novak and his Hopkins Royals held the ball for the entire four minute overtime period just as they had for the final three minutes of regulation.
Not since the cold war of the 80's has there been such a stalemate between two forces. Shakopee, set in their defensive ways wouldn't break out of their 2-3 zone that had held the Royals in check the entire game and Novak simply played along willing to play for the final shot.
It was fitting then that Amir Coffey ended the game the way he did. Daggering a 60-foot shot from half-court at the end of the fourth overtime sending the Royals to yet another title game with a 49-46 win over the Sabers. The left handed shot put a perfectly bizarre end to a profoundly weird game. Coming into the semi-final game, the Royals previous season low was 70 points and even in their one loss on the season to Apple Valley, they still scored 90.
Hopkins will battle Lakeville North Saturday night for the AAAA championship.
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