Sam Carver remembers playing in an almost empty Coon Rapids High School Fieldhouse as a freshman for the boys basketball team. Fast forward three years later, Carver was being swarmed by a sellout crowd after he hit a 3-point buzzer-beater to defeat Anoka 54-52 Thursday in the first round of the Section 7AAAA tournament.

It was the first time the Cardinals hosted a section game since 1998.

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