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David Alpers OT-buzzer beater sends O'Gorman to the Class AA title game

Alpers finished with 26 points, but none were bigger than the final two.

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SIOUX FALLS — Sioux Falls Washington led for most of their matchup with O’Gorman, but a late surge from the Knights forced the Class AA semifinal into overtime.

Washington held a one-point advantage with 2.4 seconds left in OT, but a shot from O'Gorman's David Alpers went down as time expired for a 58-57 buzzer-beater win to push the Knights to their third straight title game.

Washington (15-8) had control for most of the game, extending its lead to seven points by halftime. Joe Uttecht played his best basketball, leading all scorers with 28 points on an efficient 10-of-18 shooting from the field.

However, the veteran O’Gorman (23-2) squad refused to go away, using a strong third-quarter push to erase Washington’s lead. Alpers was the guy for the Warriors, doing his best to match Uttecht with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting, including the game-winner in OT. Alpers had a double-double as well, finishing with a team-high 12 rebounds.

O’Gorman reaches the Class AA title game for the third straight time (excluding 2021’s tournament, which was canceled due to COVID-19) and gets a rematch of last year’s title game with Sioux Falls Roosevelt. Sioux Falls Washington will face Harrisburg in the third-place game.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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