It came down to the final seconds in which either team could have made a winning play.
After a few near misses already on record this season, Roland-Story made sure it wasn’t going to be denied again.
Junior Kade Faga drove the lane with less than 25 seconds to go in regulation of a tied game and put a shot off the glass.
It fell in, and Faga completed a three-point play to help the Norsemen snag a 42-39 victory at Colo-NESCO on Saturday evening.
“I just saw a mismatch and took advantage,” said Faga, who had a game-high 18 points. “It’s definitely a confidence builder for our team. We definitely needed that win going into districts. That’ll be a good one.”
The Royals set up an offense, took a timeout with 6.3 seconds remaining and got their chance to tie the game and force overtime.
The 3-point heave missed the mark, and Roland-Story secured the rebound to walk away with the non-conference win.
“Guys just stuck together, made them take a really tough shot, got the rebound and limited them to one shot,” Roland-Story coach Darrin Berggren said. “Games like that usually come down to that last shot, the last second.
“It was great to finally come out on the right end of one of those. We’ve had a lot of those lately.”
Both teams traded buckets through the first quarter with Colo-NESCO taking 12-9 into the second quarter.
That advantage ballooned to 21-13 with less than 2 1/2 minutes to go in the first half.
A Philip Bower bucket forced a Roland-Story timeout, and the Royals took a 21-18 lead into halftime.
Faga’s eight third-quarter points, plus a trey each from Sam Skaar and Mitch Shorkey, helped force a 32-32 tie at the end of the third quarter.
Matthew Hill and Jacob Clatt led the way for the Royals with 14 points and 11 points, respectively.
“Our kids struggled. We didn’t play well tonight,” Colo-NESCO coach Patrick Wynja said. “They weren’t ready to fight, and the little things added up tonight. Not sliding over to the ball quick enough. I don’t even want to know how many little bunnies we missed.
“We weren’t playing tough enough and weren’t focused. When you have, I’d say, 80 percent of our shots right at the hoop, and you’re missing, that’s not good.”
Roland-Story 42, Colo-NESCO 39
Roland-Story 9 9 14 10 — 42
Colo-NESCO 12 9 11 7 — 39
Roland-Story (42) — Ben Chelsvig 1 0-0 2; Carter Greenfield 1 0-0 2; Austin Hobbs 3 0-2 7; Mitch Shorkey 2 0-0 6; Jon Sansgaard 0 1-3 1; Sam Skaar 2 0-0 6; Kade Faga 6 4-4 18; TOTALS 15 5-9 42
Colo-NESCO (39) — Jacob Clatt 5 1-1 11; Bryce Niemeyer 2 0-1 4; Matthew Hill 3 8-8 14; Philip Bower 3 0-2 7; Sean Cutler 1 0-0 3; TOTALS 14 9-12 39