MSHSL approves shot timers for high school basketball from 2023

Minnesota high school basketball will feel a little different two years from now.

The Minnesota State High School League on Thursday approved a measure to implement a 35-second stopwatch for all boys and girls college basketball games, starting in the 2023-24 season. League members voted unanimously at their board meeting to approve the measure.

A shot clock may also be set up at lower levels, with the consent of both teams. Using a shot clock has been a hot topic in Minnesota, with some schools facing financial burdens to have them installed and others needing extra help getting them to work for the games. A game of the boys’ state basketball tournament in 2014 fueled the discussion even further.

Hopkins beat Shakopee 49-46 in four overtime. In each extra time, the team that won the first game stayed on the ball for the full five minutes, with the defending team not forcing the attacking team to initiate anything. The Royals ultimately won the game after Amir Coffey, who became the star of the Gophers and is now in the NBA, landed a midfield shot to win the game.

By applying a shot timer, teams will initiate more attacks and get a shot within 30-35 seconds.

Also on Thursday, MSHSL officials adjusted the venues for this year’s boys’ state basketball tournament. Target Center is not available for the entire tournament, so matches will be played at Williams Arena and Concordia-St. Paul.

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