After splitting two close regular-season games, Burnsville and Eastview had one last matchup in the Class 4A, Section 3 championship.
Though the score was within six points at halftime, Burnsville couldn't hit the outside shots it needed. A solid second half by Eastview propelled the Lightning to an 82-64 victory Thursday at Farmington High School.
Eastview (18-11) held a 33-27 lead at halftime with nine points from junior forward Tate Machacek and seven from junior guard Ryan Thissen.
Burnsville junior forward Daniel Rosenber hit two three-pointers on his team's first two shots to get the Blaze an early lead. He finished with a team-leading nine points in the first half. Burnsville (12-17) scored five three-pointers in the first half.
"We just started locking them up," Lightning forward Steven Crowl said. "The first half we were allowing [them] to shoot a little too much, uncontested, and then we started locking them up."
Eastview outscored Burnsville 49-37 in the second half to earn its fourth state tournament appearance and first since 2012. Junior guard Jaylen James led the Lightning with 21 points, including 9-for-11 free-throw shooting. Rosenber led the Blaze with 17 total points, including five three-pointers.
"We didn't shoot the ball very well. We're not a drive-and-slash team. We rely a lot on our shooters," Blaze coach Rob Mestas said. "When it came down to it, we just didn't make enough shots."
Also in Class 4A
Lakeville North 84, Rochester John Marshall 50: National recruit Matthew Hurt's bid to play in a state tournament before the senior graduates ended with the Panthers' eighth consecutive Section 1 championship, the past seven with victories over John Marshall.
Cambridge-Isanti 61, Blaine 51: The No. 3-seeded Bluejackets upset the top-seeded Bengals in the Section 7 championship. Henry Abraham led Cambridge-Isanti with 25 points. The Bluejackets' last state tournament appearance was in 2008.
Maple Grove 77, Buffalo 54: Jared Rainey scored 23 points to lead the Crimson in the Section 8 championship. Nate Adams and Kyle Dreyer added 15 and 14 points, respectively. Matthew Willert led the Bison with 14. This will be Maple Grove's fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament.