Considered the best game in Minnesota State High School history
The celebration of 100 years of state basketball tournaments continued with the announcement of the top games in the history of the boys' state tourney. These lists (links at the bottom of this installment) have been compiled with the assistance of a committee of basketball historians and experts from around Minnesota. These announcements and other activities related to 100 years of state tourneys lead into this year's tournaments — the girls played at Williams Arena and Target Center, March 14-17, and the boys did the same March 21-24.
TOP BOYS' GAMES
Wabasso 117, Red Lake 113 (OT) -- 1997 Class A Semifinal
The aptly-named Wabasso Rabbits came into the 1997 Class A tournament averaging nearly 100 points a game. They scored 99 points in a first-round win over Bloomington Trinity. Then came the semifinal against Red Lake. Wabasso led 29-23 after one quarter, 53-47 at the half, and 81-62 after three periods. The Rabbits still led by 14 with 1:15 left. Then Red Lake guard Gerald Kingbird scored 13 points in 57 seconds, including a three at 0:17.7 to tie the score at 105. In overtime Red Lake took its first lead, 111-109, since the game was just 10-8, but it wouldn’t last. The Rabbits pulled away to a 117-113 win. Kingbird scored 37 points overall. This game still stands in the record book under several categories.