Down by one, Shaq hits a shot from near half-court at the buzzer to send Duluth East boys basketball team to the 2012 state tournament in a hard fought game with Blaine for the section 7AAAA final.
Both teams battled hard, keeping the score close throughout the game. Tanner Schumacher hit three, 3-point shots, late in the first half to send Blaine into the locker room with a 41-34 halftime lead.
Defensive pressure dominated the second half, allowing Duluth East the edge 30-21. Alex Cappard would give Blaine a one-point lead with 5 seconds remaining when Duluth East called a time out. Matt Lochner gave the inbound pass to Shaq Coleman who had to work his way down the court with time ticking away. At the last second, Coleman took his shot from near half court and hit the three-point as the buzzer sounded to give the Greyhounds a 64-62 win over Blaine Bengals.
Duluth East advanced to the state tournament with a 20-8 record. Coleman shared with me in an interview, his thoughts on the game winning shot and team performance going forward.