Kruger’s buzzer beater lifts Hayfield over Lourdes

Published 10:40 pm Friday, December 21, 2012

ROCHESTER — Cole Kruger hit a buzzer beating jump shot to lift the Hayfield boys basketball team over Rochester Lourdes (5-2 overall, 1-2 HVL Gold) on the road Friday.

Lourdes tied the game with a three with 10 seconds left and Kruger drove to the free throw line where he pulled up for a 15-footer and knocked it down for the win.

“We just made the last play,” Hayfield head coach Chris Pack said. “It was much needed.”

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Kruger and Brady Kramer combined for 40 of Hayfield’s 51 points in the win.

The Vikings (5-1 overall, 1-0 HVL Gold) trailed 26-19 at the break, but they went 12-for-20 in the second half.

“Lourdes was one of the favorites in the conference going into the season and we knew could play with them,” Pack said. “This is a huge win.”

Hayfield 19 32 — 51

Lourdes 26 23 — 49

Hayfield scoring: Cole Kruger, 22; Brady Kramer, 18; Trevor Anderson, 9; Jeremy Stuart, 2