Minnetonka Hopkins is hoping to win their second straight Class AAAA title as they escaped with a 55-54 win over Eden Prairie in the Section 2 Finals Friday night as Blake Hoffarber hit a game-winning lay-up with under a second left. Hoffarber finished with 29 points. He was the hero last year after leading the Royals to a 73-60 double-overtime win over Eastview in the Minnesota Class AAAA championship game and winning an ESPY for Play of the Year in a shot that send the game to the second overtime.
Hoffarber, who is one of the top shooters in the state, led Hopkins to a 31-1 mark and scored 53 points in the three state playoff games last season as a sophomore.
They are the prohibitive favorites, but must get past St. Paul Johnson, who is led by Fred Coleman, who signed with North Dakota State.
The following is a look at the Minnesota Class AAAA Schedule
March 23 semifinals at
6 p.m.—(Section 8) Elk River vs. (5) Robbinsdale Cooper
8 p.m.—(4) Johnson vs. (2) Hopkins
March 25 finals
8 p.m.—Championship at Target Center
4 p.m.—Third place at Concordia-St. Paul