For the first time as a Class AA school, the Douglas boys' basketball team is going to the state tournament.
The No. 10 seeded Patriots needed double overtime, but knocked off No. 7 seed Brandon Valley in the Round of 16 72-69 Saturday in Brandon.
"I don’t know if its totally sunk in yet, but it's unbelievable," Douglas coach Travis Miller said after the game. "I'm happy for the boys, they've worked hard for two years and it wasn’t easy, Brandon Valley put up a hell of a fight but our seniors did a great job."
The last time the Patriots made any state tournament was in 1997 as a Class A school.
Dan Hand paced the Patriots with 22 points, while Dylan Pourier and Russell Morton both had 15. Brandon Valley was led by Max Wilde who had 22 and Evan Talcott who had 17.
The Patriots led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter, but found themselves down 34-27 at halftime. A half-court shot by Wilde at the buzzer cut a five-point lead to two to end the third as Douglas found itself up 44-42.
Leading by three with under 30 seconds to go, Miller decided that if the clock ticked down to under six seconds he would have the Patriots foul, but they wouldn't get the chance.
The Lynx executed their final play to perfection, and Talcott hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 54, sending it to the first overtime.
During the first overtime, the Patriots had to play catch up, trailing by four. With the score tied at 61, they were able to get a stop on the last possession of the period, sending the game to a second overtime.
Miller said that was when his team was able to lock in.
"It seemed like we focused, it felt like we were in control. We did what we wanted to do," he said. "We pressed them a bit, they had some trouble getting the ball up the court. Our defense was pretty phenomenal tonight. Brandon Valley had a hard time getting anything they wanted and that’s a huge credit to the boys."
Up three, Douglas had to again defend a last second 3-pointer, and again the Lynx called on Talcott to the hero. Douglas was able to contest this 3-pointer, and the shot did not fall, sending the Patriots to the state tournament.
Douglas, 16-5, will take on No. 2 seed Rapid City Central in the first round of the state tournament, March 15 at 2 p.m. Brandon Valley ends its season at 14-7.
O'GORMAN 61, STURGIS 57 (2OT): The Knights outlasted the Scoopers to for the state tournament berth.
The two teams were tied at 46-all at the end of regulation and 53-53 heading into the second overtime. O'Gorman then outscored Sturgis 8-4 in the final five minutes for the win.
Jaron Zwagerman scored 20 points and Michael Statz had 11 points, while Isaac Struck had eight points. Jason Zwagerman had eight rebounds and Statz seven for O'Gorman.
No results were made available for Sturgis, which saw it s season end at 13-8.