Posted On: 01/3/18 11:00 PM

The Hopkins Royals lost just once last season, and it could not have come at a worse time – in the state championship final against Elk River. Hopkins has also lost just one game this season, but last Friday's Eastview surprise could turn out to be a well-timed bump in the road for Brian Cosgriff's team. Better to taste defeat now – when it can serve as a healthy reminder that there are no easy championships – than later, when it is too late to recover.

Just 24 hours after that loss, Hopkins went back to work, outlasting a strong squad from Beaver Dam, Wisc., for a 74-71 win in overtime. Afterwards, Cosgriff spoke about how his players had responded to adversity. "I was really proud of our kids because we came out and competed today. Last night we didn't compete – we gave up," he said. "Against Eastview we got up early. Tonight we got down, but you just have to keep battling, you have to keep fighting. It's a long game. It's a possession game. Teams are going to make runs, so you never quit. You need to go out and compete, lay it on the line, and

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