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Four-star recruit Amir Coffey drills 60-footer to win four-OT Minnesota state semifinal

Ben Rohrbach
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Maybe Amir Coffey was just tired of playing overtime basketball. Whatever the case may be, the Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins High sophomore forward drilled a stunning 60-foot buzzer-beater to send the Royals to Minnesota's Class AAAA state championship game after four overtimes.

Ranked as the No. 21 recruit in the Class of 2016 by, Coffey was just 1-of-9 from the field before taking an inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds left against Shakopee (Minn.) and delivering a 49-46 state semifinal victory at the Target Center, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"There is not much you can do with a halfcourt shot," Coffey told the paper. "You have to throw it up and hope for a prayer. I just heaved it up and hoped to God it would go in."

While a four-OT state semifinal that ended in a buzzer-beater may sound like a great basketball game, this was apparently a snooze-fest until Coffey's heroics, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Because Minnesota prep basketball doesn't feature a shot clock, Hopkins -- a team that reportedly averages close to 90 points -- idly ran out as much as four minutes of clock at the end of regulation and each of the first three overtimes as Shakopee remained in a zone that had held the Royals in the 40s.

Hopkins wasn't exactly the underdog, either. The state's top-ranked team already has six state titles to its name since the turn of the century. In fact, Coffey's shot wasn't the first stunning buzzer-beater Royals coach Kenny Novak Jr. has seen in such a situation. In 2005, Blake Hoffarber's from-his-back heave forced overtime in the second of those six championship games and ultimate resulted in an ESPY Award.

"That was close to the Hoffarber play a few years back, man," Novak told the Pioneer Press. "He got rid of that thing. That is basketball."

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