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Columbia Heights upends top-seed DeLaSalle's bid for seventh straight 3A title

By RON HAGGSTROM, Star Tribune, 03/22/18, 12:45PM CDT


The Hylanders made two free throws in the closing seconds and then Quentin Hardict stole the ball on the ensuing inbounds pass to preserve the game.

Columbia Heights players, including last-second ball hawk Quentin Hardrict (5) celebrated after defeating DeLaSalle 71-69 Thursday at Target Center. Photo: CARLOS GONZALEZ ¥ cgonzalez@startribune.com

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.

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