MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Two-time defending champion DeLaSalle is out of the boys' state basketball tournament.
The Islanders were eliminated by Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, 51-46, Friday night at Williams Arena when senior guard Gabe Hauer scored 21 points.
The Buccaneers (25-3) advanced to their first title game ever. They'll play Litchfield (28-0), which beat Staples Motley 59-45 in the other Class 2A semifinal.
In the Class 1A title game Saturday, defending champion Southwest Minnesota Christian (27-1) goes against Win-E-Mac (26-2).
In the Saturday night games, St. Thomas Academy (21-6) faces Minneapolis Patrick Henry (27-1) for the Class 3A title, and Tartan (25-1) plays Maple Grove (24-3) for the Class 4A championship.
Senior guard Travis Kalis added 15 points and made 7-of-8 free throws in the final 90 seconds as Waterville-Elysian-Morristown staved off DeLaSalle's comeback.
The Islanders (21-7) couldn't overcome a stagnant offense or a horrid third quarter in which they scored just one basket and made two free throws.
Although DeLaSalle pulled to 40-36, their inability to get scoring from anybody but junior forward Alan Anderson (18 points) and senior center Derreck Robinson (15) doomed their hopes of a three-peat.
''We did not dictate the tempo tonight. Hauer was outstanding,'' DeLaSalle coach Dave Thorson said Friday.
Hauer's big game atoned for another off-night by senior guard Cory Hackett, the Buccaneers' all-time scoring leader, who was just 3-of-10 from the field and scored 12 points. He had just nine points in a 50-49 squeaker over Rochester Lourdes in the quarterfinals.
Senior guard Alex Carlson scored 23 points and brother John, a freshman, added 16 as unbeaten Litchfield advanced to the Class 2A title game with a 59-45 drubbing of Staples-Motley.
The Dragons (28-0), making their first state tournament appearance in 82 years, led 28-20 at halftime behind Alex Carlson's 15 points.
Junior forward Matt Tradewell scored 20 points and Win-E-Mac (26-2) held off Ortonville 70-67.
Ortonville (21-7) trailed by 10 at halftime and was down 41-23 five minutes into the third quarter before making a furious comeback.
Win-E-Mac senior Steven Bradley was fouled and hit a free throw with 8.5 seconds left that made it 70-67, but he missed the second.
Sophomore forward Pete Ross brought the ball upcourt for Ortonville but heaved an errant 3-pointer much too quickly. The ball bounced to teammate Ross Wiegman, another sophomore, whose own 3-pointer was way short at the buzzer.
''I don't know that we did hold them off; they had the momentum,'' Win-E-Mac coach Mike Roysland said. ''They knew what they were going to do, put us on the free throw line. But we made the free throws when it counted.''
Defending Class 1A champion Southwest Minnesota Christian advanced to the title game with a 51-37 drubbing of Rushford-Peterson.
Senior forward Robbie Holleman's 21 points led the Eagles (27-1).
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