Columbia Heights players, including last-second ball hawk Quentin Hardrict (5) celebrated after defeating DeLaSalle 71-69 Thursday at Target Center. Photo: CARLOS GONZALEZ ¥ firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Kelly envisioned being in a gym, all by himself. He wanted to block out the boisterous crowd noise.
The Columbia Heights senior forward strolled to the free-throw line with 6.1 seconds left and calmly made two free throws to give the Hylanders a 71-69 upset victory over the six-time state champion and No. 1-ranked DeLaSalle in the Class 3A semifinals Thursday at Target Center.
“I knew if I missed those free throws everybody would chew me out,” said Kelly, one of five Hylanders (22-6) in double figures with 11 points, including 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.