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Cretin-Derham Hall edges Apple Valley on last-second Oturu dunk

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 03/24/18, 9:30PM CDT


The Raiders won the Class 4A championship with a thrilling 79-78 victory over the defending champion Eagles.

Cretin-Derham Hall forward Daniel Oturu (25) dunked the ball with 1.3 seconds left to win the game against Apple Valley. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

After spending much of the second half glued to the bench with four fouls, Cretin-Derham Hall’s Daniel Oturu was ready.

And when teammate Ryan Larson raced down the right side of the lane with time winding down and his team trailing by a point, the 6-10 Oturu’s instincts took over. He took two giant steps toward the basket, corralled a short lob pass from Larson and jammed it home, giving the Raiders a 79-78 victory over Apple Valley in the Class 4A championship game.

First report

Daniel Oturu’s alley-oop dunk with 1.3 seconds left lifted Cretin-Derham Hall to a 79-78 victory over Apple Valley in a thrilling finish to the Class 4A championship game.

Oturu’s basket capped a final 3:47 in which the teams traded the lead nine times Saturday at Target Center. It was just Oturu’s second basket of the half after having been forced to the bench for an extended period with four fouls.

Apple Valley had taken the lead 78-77 on Zach Korba’s putback of a Tre Jones miss with nine seconds left.

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