Warning! Thursday night's Class AAAA semifinal doubleheader was not for people with Fred Sanford like heart conditions because there was not one but two buzzer beaters. In the second game, JP Macura's three pointer at the horn led the Lakeville Panthers to a 55-52 win over the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Macura, who will be playing next season at Xavier, Ohio, showed why he is one of the state's top players. He didn't score his first basket until 13:32 in the half and he would score six straight points. He would also hit a shot that spun like a contestant spinning on the game show Wheel of Fortune as the ball went round and round and round until it went through the net. The Raiders kept close throughout the first half when Michael Hannon scored seven consecutive points. Chris Perry's basket would give the Raiders a 32-30 halftime lead.
The second half started when the Raiders Sam Neumann was fouled on a three pointer but he missed all three free throws. Macura tied the game 1:09 into the half and Joe Rosga hit a three pointer to put CDH back in front. Connor Flack cut the lead to one and Brandon Bruneau's basket vaulted Lakeville North back into the lead. The Panther lead would extend to five on Alex Reiland's three pointer. It would be dueling three pointers from Donnell Gresham and Macura. Gresham would come through for the Raiders with a three point play. Neumann would hit a pair of free throws to even the game at 50. Macura would score to regain the lead for Lakeville North and Gresham would even the score at 52.
The Panthers called time out with :28 remaining and set up the final shot. Macura released the ball before the red light illuminated around the backboard and it counted, sending Lakeville North into Saturday night's championship game against Hopkins at 8 PM at Target Center.
CDH will face Shakopee for third place Satyrday afternoon at 4 PM at Ganglehoff Center on the Concordia University campus in St.Paul.
Macura led the Panthers with 31 points. Flack scored 13 points and 12 rebounds. Gresham led the Raiders with 15 points. Rosga and Hannon had 10 apiece.
The evening session attendance was 4,505.