MINNEOTA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota high school suspended three basketball players after one of the players improperly shot free throws for two teammates.

Minneota High School reported the infraction in its Jan. 31 game against MACCRAY to the state high school league and then suspended senior Thomas Hennen for two games. The players he stepped in for were both suspended one game.

Hennen publicly apologized in a letter to the Minneota Mascot newspaper, saying he "took it upon himself" to break a rule in the heat of the game. Minneota, undefeated and top-ranked in Class 1A at the time, won 87-83.

The Marshall Independent reported that the MACCRAY coach didn't notice Hennen stepping in.

Minneota coach Dave Busselman and athletic director Jason Myhre declined to comment.