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It seemed as though the Ogichidaag would coast to the finish.
And then ...
Canby went on a 19-2 run to tie the game 58-58 with about five minutes left. And that was just the beginning.
Both teams looked gassed toward the end of regulation, but Fond du Lac looked particularly winded. Two of the team's top players ended up fouling out, but it's a good thing Davonte Williamson didn't.
As the game went from regulation (he scored four key points down the stretch to force overtime) to a first OT session (he blocked a shot on a fast break to end the first session knotted at 73) to a second overtime (he had the only basket for his team) to finally a third overtime (he had countless key rebounds and assists), Fond du Lac finally prevailed 85-82 in 3OT.
Williams played all 48 minutes. He was exhausted afterward; he smiled about it when we talked to him afterward, but at the time there was no chance he was running off the court with his teammates. He staggered off slowly, satisfied but dragging.
On a team with virtually no height (6-1 is about as good as it gets), Williamson offered 23 points and 20 rebounds. It was a remarkable performance in one of the most remarkable games we have ever seen.
We'll have video up later on Startribune.com that hopefully captures the spirit of the thing -- not just the game, but what this all means for the Fond du Lac community.
We went to the Reid Travis college announcement last week -- he picked Stanford, remember? -- and we have to say this Tyus Jones affair in Apple Valley is a little more intense.
We were told to arrive at 2 p.m. even though he's not announcing his college choice until 3 (or roughly 3:07 p.m., it would seem). There is a meticulous schedule of events, as evidenced by that picture.
A feed from ESPNU's coverage is playing on a big screen here as we wait.
The scene is the Apple Valley gymnasium, and already by 2:30 p.m. the bleachers were two-thirds full -- and sure to fill up fully by the time everything starts.
Where is Jones -- a dynamic point guard and, of course, one of the top recruits in the country -- headed? Honestly, we don't know. The leaders in the clubhouse are Kansas and Duke, as everyone knows. We have no more insight beyond that.
The good news is that we should all know in 30 minutes or so.
We'll throw a quick update on the bottom here after he makes his decision, but Startribune.com will have complete coverage with video and a story shortly after the announcement.
If you like to keep up with former Minnesota athletes playing elsewhere, you DON'T always have to wait for Stu's Hunt Down. Sometimes we check in with some updates ourselves -- like today, for instance, with a quick peek at two Minnesota natives getting some basketball love at different levels:
Nate Wolters: The St. Cloud Tech product, who starred at South Dakota State, was a second-round pick in the NBA draft and wound up making the Milwaukee Bucks' roster. Not only that, but Wolters has been thrust into action -- playing heavy minutes and even starting one game so far out of three for short-handed Milwaukee. Wolters had 14 points in 29 minutes off the bench in the Bucks' only victory this season (105-98 over Boston) and was also a plus-23 in that game. He had seven points and 10 assists in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.
Sam Dower: The former Osseo standout now with Gonzaga was tabbed one of 25 "breakout" college players by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Dower checked in at No. 7. The Gonzaga big man could be in for big things this season. Per Goodman: Dower has been a role player for the last three seasons, playing behind guys like Elias Harris, Robert Sacre and Kelly Olynyk. All three are now in the NBA. This season will be different for the skilled Minnesota native, largely because Mark Few needs Dower.
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Glorious Randomness: Team Miller is part of the Arizona Eagles youth basketball organization. As a quick spin around the website will let you know, other coaches there include Greg Ostertag’s son, former Northwestern star Kevin Coble, and AMP (redacted) LEE! #vikimgs
Just because ... well, we don't know why. Just because.
Pretty sure it is the video star himself who wrote in the comments: it was hot here in SoCal yesterday and this video was a spontaneous situation. I had the melody in my head and didn't want to lose it so I had to act quickly.
If the OKC Thunder promotions folks have any sense, this will be on the video board at some point during Game 2 against the Rockets.
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