St. Peter senior guard Joey Bartlett buried a three-pointer with 14 minutes, 56 minutes remaining. He quickly ran back to his own free-throw line, and slapped both of his hands on the Williams Arena floor. The intensity level wasn't going to subside until there was a survivor.
That was fine with Plainview-Elgin-Millville (25-6), which didn't back down from the second-ranked Saints (28-2), winning 69-65 in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
Plainview-Elgin-Millville used a balanced attack. Junior guard Beau Nelson scored 18 points, pacing four Bulldogs players in double figures.
"It was tough to stay focused it was so intense," Nelson said. "You have to play all 36 minutes to win it, and that's what we did tonight."
As far as the intensity level: "I would give it an 11 out of 10," Nelson said.
Bartlett finished with 22 points.
-- Ron Haggstrom
-- Brian Stensaas
A game seemed destined to ravel out of control early in the second half wound up respectable in the end.