Blaine led top-seed St. Francis early in the Section 7AAAA semifinal but a combination of making shots under pressure and generating turnovers at the right time helped the Saints earn a 68-54 win and a spot in the finals.
The 2013-14 boys’ basketball season got off to a rocky start for Blaine fans after Centennial spoiled the home opener 67-59 Nov. 22. Already lacking in varsity minutes, Blaine coach Mark Arzdorf called on several new faces to make an impact on the opener.
After keeping it close in a low-scoring first half, Maple Grove busted out in the second half on a 25-8 run over a span of 8:30 of the second half in a 60-41 Northwest Suburban Conference win at Blaine, Jan. 18.
Once again top-seed Duluth East and No. 2 seed Blaine met to determine the Section 7AAAA champion and once again the Greyhounds emerged with a last-second win.
This time it came from a third-pointer with five seconds left as Duluth East won 64-62 and walked off the Elk River High School court with the section title trophy as a stunned Blaine squad looked on in amazement once again.