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by Andy Rogers
Don’t mention Eden Prairie’s Jordan Schaeffer around any Eastview boys basketball fan this weekend.
He was the main factor in Eastview’s 75-68 overtime loss to Eden Prairie in the Class 4A quarterfinal game Wednesday afternoon at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Eastview held a two-possession lead in the final minutes of regulation, but a furious rain of three three-point shots by Schaeffer, including a buzzer beater, sent the game into overtime.
He wasn’t done there.
Schaeffer scored 12 points in overtime, making 10 free throws, to give him a total of 41 points and ensure an Eden Prairie upset over the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
It was a game of several highs and lows for Eastview.
With Eastview’s leading scorer King watching from the bench early in the game because of foul trouble, the Lightning still doubled up on Eden Prairie taking a 19-7 lead thanks to the hot hands of Jordan Bolger and Darin Haugh.
By halftime, Eden Prairie muscled its way back into the game to make it 21-20. Eastview was limited to just two points in the final 7 minutes, 32 seconds in the first half.
The Lightning pulled ahead with a three-point shot by King with 11:08 remaining. The teams exchanged leads and ties for the next six minutes until Haugh’s layup put Eden Prairie two possessions behind with less than two minutes remaining. That’s when Schaeffer starting nailing threes.
King led Eastview with 27 points. Haugh added 16 and Bolger put up 14. King and Ben Olberfeld each had seven rebounds.
The loss ends Eastview’s season with a 28-2 record.
Andy Rogers is at firstname.lastname@example.org.