CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) The Reno Huskies will face the Bishop Manogue Miners in the 4A Northern Championship Game.
The 3rd-ranked Huskies stunned number 2 Galena 47-46 in the semifinals on Thursday night. Drew Rippingham hit a 3-pointer with three seconds to go to send Reno into the championship game.
"There's nothing better than hitting a shot against a team that's amazing," said Rippingham. "We got revenge on them, they beat us earlier this year. There's no better feeling being able to play on Saturday."
Rippingham led the Huskies with 18 points.
Galena led it by 12 points heading into the fourth quarter, before a 15-4 run got Reno back into the game. Christian Chamberlain had a big steal and bucket late to cut the lead to one. He scored 11 points, while Tommy Challis added 13 in the win.
"We got really fortunate there and beat a very good Galena team," said head coach Matt Ochs. "Our senior stepped up and hit a really big shot. We're just really blessed to move on."
Moses Wood led Galena with 13 points, while Dillon Voyles added 12.
Fifth-ranked Bishop Manogue held off a furious rally by number one Spanish Springs to beat the Cougars 54-51.
The Miners led it by 12 with 3:30 to go, but Spanish Springs tied it at 51 with 22 seconds to play on a Marcus Loadholt 3-pointer.
Manogue answered right back with the winning 3-pointer by Aidan Cantwell with 10 seconds left. A Loadholt 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the rim.
"It feels amazing, we knew we could do it," said Cantwell. "If it wasn't for my team and how unselfish they are, I would be nothing. So it's all to them."
Cantwell led the Miners with 19 points, while Kolton Frugoli added 18.
"My heart had dropped all the way into my shoes. But Aidan Cantwell's been our leader all year; our leading scorer. And he stepped up when we needed him the most," said Miners head coach Moe Golshani.
Loadholt scored a game-high 24 for the Cougars, who saw their 17-game winning streak come to an end.
Bishop Manogue faces Reno on Saturday in the Northern Championship Game. It's at 6pm at Carson High School. The winner advances to the State Tournament down in Las Vegas.