Keeping Your Heart in the Game

St. Thomas (October 18, 2016)

With just seconds remaining in the 2014 Class 1A Section 4 championship boys basketball game, Minneapolis North High School junior Jamil Jackson drove the length of the court and put up the tying layup against Maranatha Christian Academy. Except the ball didn’t go in. It rolled off the front edge, setting off polar opposite reactions: Maranatha celebrated a trip to the state tournament and North players wept over such a heartbreaking defeat.

In 2015 a rematch of those same teams ended in a tie after regulation, and in overtime North again found itself down 2 points in the final seconds. And again, a shot clanked off the rim to seal another loss. READ MORE…