Logan Rezac’s jumper with 15 seconds remaining and Jacob Paul’s free throws with three seconds left prevented a gutsy comeback by Coon Rapids as Andover held on for a 74-71 win Wednesday in the Section 7AAAA semifinals.
The Huskies, seeded No. 7, play top-seeded Forest Lake in the title game at 7 p.m. Friday.
Coon Rapids, seeded No. 3, had a lot of ground to cover with a double-digit deficit most of the second half. The Cardinals trailed 66-55 with five minutes to play.
They slowly began chipping away at the lead.
The momentum began turning and completely shifted with 1:04 remaining. Down 69-68, Coon Rapids forced a turnover and was fouled. After the foul, Andover was whistled for a technical foul, giving the Cardinals four free throws. Marcell Winston and Lionel Warner made 3-of-4 to give Coon Rapids the lead.
After a couple possessions resulted in no points, Rezac pulled up for a jumper and sunk it to give the Huskies a 72-71 lead with 15 seconds left. Coon Rapids wasn’t able to respond and was forced to foul. Paul hit both free throws, and the Cardinals’ halfcourt heave at the buzzer to tie the game came up short.
Andover is now 10-18 overall and plays Forest Lake (19-9).
Coon Rapids finishes its much-improved season at 13-15.