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Late three-pointer lifts Alexandria past Richfield

By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 04/08/21, 4:30PM CDT


The Cardinals trailed much of the game before Myles Sansted's shot in the final seconds gave them a 66-64 victory and a berth in the Class 3A championship game.

Myles Sansted (11) sinks a three point shot giving Alexandria a two point lead with seconds left in regulation.The Cardinals won 66-64 in the Class 3A semifinal game Thursday at Target Center. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

An unexpected offensive rebound. A deficit of one point. Less than 10 seconds to play with the clock running.

Alexandria junior guard Myles Sansted knew to get open.

“You have to go with your instincts,” said Sansted, who drifted to the corner and waited. “I just ended up with the ball in my hands.”

Sansted fired from behind the three-point arc and gave his team a 66-64 lead with 4.2 seconds left, ultimately the final score Thursday in the Class 3A semifinal at Target Center.

First report

Alexandria outlasted Richfield for a 66-64 victory Thursday in the first Class 3A semifinal at Target Center.

Junior guard Myles Sansted came off the bench to sink key baskets in the game’s final seconds. Fouled on a three-pointer attempt, Sansted made his first two free throws. He missed the third, but junior teammate Erik Hedstrom corralled the offensive rebound. Hedstrom got the ball to senior Colton Roderick, who found Sansted open in the corner.

Sansted buried a three-pointer for a two-point lead with 4.2 seconds left.

Richfield (16-5) got the last shot. But Ryan Miles’ three-point attempt from about 30 feet  rimmed out at the buzzer.

Alexandria (22-1) rides a 12-game winning streak into its first championship game appearance since finishing second in 1943. The Cardinals play at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Check back later for more on the game.

Alexandria's Kristen Hoskins (21) lays up the ball between Richfield defenders Lamar Grayson (left) and Isaiah Casey-Hammond (12) in the Class 3A semifinal game Thursday at Target Center. Photo: Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine

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