Talk about drama … Juneau Douglas made the Alaska state title game with a buzzer beater in the semifinals, a night after advancing with a game-winning shot with 1.7 seconds left.
On Friday, Ketchikan made a three-pointer with 9 seconds left to tie the game.
Kaleb Tompkins, a second-team all-state player, then took the game in his own hands, dribbling the length of the floor and looking for a good shot. He almost lost the ball in the backcourt before recovering. He then drove into the lane, backed out a few feet, and floated in the game-winner with two seconds left for a 42-40 victory.
Tompkins finished with a game-high 22 points.
Here is how it looked:
The night before, Juneau Douglas trailed against Bartlett the entire game until the final horn.
Sophomore Kolby Hoover nailed a deep field goal with 1.7 seconds left for the 58-57 victory. Douglas had trailed 57-53 when Tompkins hit a three-point to cut the lead to one. Bartlett then missed the front end of a one-and-one. Tompkins got the rebound, found Hoover with a long pass downcourt for the game-winner.
Juneau Douglas takes on Dimond on Saturday for the crown.