Hopkins' Coffey reacts to half-court buzzer beater


MINNEAPOLIS - It's ESPN SportsCenter's number one play and Hopkins' Amir Coffey didn't even think his last second shot would sink.

"I actually I thought I was going to air ball it, just go far right but I kept the release up, walked away with it and it went in," smiled Coffey. "My legs took me to the bench and the celebration started."

Hopkins hoops national highlights are nothing new, remember Blake Hoffarber back in 2005, a shot while lying on the floor hit nothing but net.

"Greatest shot and mine doesn't come anywhere close to that," said Coffey.

That may be debatable and there's a lot of debate about what happened in the overtimes that led up to Coffey's shot, notably a whole lot of nothing.

"The reporters asked me," said Hopkins Coach Ken Novak Jr. "I said, 'If you got 30 seconds to go in the game and are guaranteed the last shot, would you hold the ball,' they said, 'Yeah.'"

Expand that theory to a minute, two minutes and more, then expand it to one overtime, two and three.

In each overtime, with the exception of the third, Hopkins got the tipped ball and held on it to it, by simply standing there as the clock ticked down.

"Realistically I thought, 'Wouldn't it be nice then if we just drop the clock to 20 seconds," said Shakopee Coach Bruce Kugath. "And then let's play. Let's not waste 3 minutes and 40 seconds."

Kugath said he wasn't a fan of the shot clock before, but he is now and he's not alone.

"I can't imagine them not putting a shot clock in for next year," smiled Coffey.


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