In thrilling fashion, Lourdes wins the Division IV state basketball title on a buzzer beater


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WFRV) – When you hear the word buzzer beater, you automatically get chills. Elation for one team, heart break for another.

It’s total elation for Lourdes Academy, who came back from being down 27-12 at the half to win on a buzzer beater to take the Division IV boys state basketball title.

Lourdes guard Preston Ruedinger said when the team was down 7-27, head coach Dennis Ruedinger told them he was the only one who believed in them that they were going to win that game.

“We were down 27-12 at the half. And the five seniors stepped up and we cut it to 10 in the second half and it just spiraled from there,” Ruedinger said with a grin on his face.

Spiraled is the right word. A big time charge call against the Hawks put the momentum back with the Knights. They tied the game up at 33. And then again at 41.

And with the buzzer sounding, Nathan Slagter with the game winner and an elated team to capture the Division IV state championship.

“I told the guys in the locker room, There’s nothing I love more than making people smile. And in a year where we all need something to smile about, we were able to provide that, just for a little bit,” Lourdes head coach Dennis Ruedinger said. “That makes our guys feel very good.”

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