Burnsville rallies to defeat Tartan 56-52

Burnsville rallied from a five-point deficit with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter to defeat Tartan 56-52 in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota boy's state high school basketball tournament at the Target Center.

Burnsville led 8-6 with 3:37 left, but Tartan had a 17-11 margin after one quarter as Eric Coleman, who signed with Northern Iowa scored 12 points in the period.

Tartan kept their six-point lead at halftime 31-25. Coleman was the lone double-figure scorer with 12 points at the break. Ryan Amoroso led Burnsville with eight points and eight rebounds in the first half, despite shooting just three of 11 from the field.

Tartan led 38-31, but Burnsville rallied to score the last 10 points as Andy Ajax sandwiched two three-pointers in between a free throw to take a 41-38 point lead going into the final quarter.

Urule Igbavboa's layup gave Tartan a 42-41 lead, which they expanded to 44-41 as they scored the first six points of the quarter. The Blaze tied the score at 46-46 with two free throws from A.J. Mansour with 4:30 left in the game.

Tartan looked like they were going to gain control of the game as Coleman scored on a turnaround jumper and Zach Ryan hit a three-pointer to make the score 51-46 with 3:42 left.

Amoroso, who signed with Marquette, made two free throws to cut the lead to 51-48. Dan Mullen countered with one of two shots from the charity stripe to make the score 52-48 with 2:15 to go, but the Titans would not score again.

Eric Heisler hit a jumper and reserve Andrew Wroblewski made a three-pointer to put the Blaze up 53-52 with 1:33 left. Ryan missed a three-pointer and jumper for Tartan and Heisler sealed the victory with three free throws.

Amoroso led Burnsville with 16 points and 15 rebounds. However, he was just three of 16 from the field. He made 10 of 12 from the line. Heisler, who is getting Division II and III looks, added 12 points and 10 boards.

Coleman led Tartan with 18 points and 11 caroms. He made eight of 12 from the field. Ben Johnson scored 10 off the bench. Igbavboa, who is getting looks from the Gophers, had eight points and eight rebounds.

Burnsville will face Lake Conference rival Lakeville tomorrow at the Target Center in the Minnesota boy's state high school basketball tournament semifinals. Burnsville won both regular season matchups, winning by seven and 19 points.

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