It's been nearly three weeks since Orem handed Mountain View its first loss of the year, a stunning overtime upset. That was plenty of time for Mountain View to stew over how close the Bruins came to beating their arch-rivals on their home court.
Now it's Orem's turn to wonder what if, after the Tigers suffered a heart-breaking 61-59 loss Tuesday night.Orem couldn't have come any closer to a win without getting one.
The Tigers missed a chance to win the game when they couldn't come up with a rebound.
With the game tied at 59, Mountain View's Bryce Haslem stepped to the free-throw line with 10 seconds left in the game. Haslem made the first one but missed his second shot. The rebound bounced hard off the back of the rim and was up for grabs. Orem's Brent Anderson and Mountain View's Travis Hansen came down with the ball forcing a jump.
The possession arrow pointed toward Mountain View giving the Bruins a chance to put the game away.
Orem, which rallied from a 57-46 deficit in the final 3:28, then fouled Hansen with five seconds left in the game. Hansen, the Bruins best free-throw shooter, made the first one, but missed the second one.
The Tigers chased down the rebound and got it to Anderson, who drove up court and let a shot fly two steps past half court.
His shot looked like a ringer, but it was a little too hard and bounced high in the air and away from the basket as the horn sounded.
"I kept telling them no lead was big enough," said Mountain View coach Rob Cuff. "I just feel good about the win. I don't care if it's by one point or 40."
Seth Marek led four Bruins in double-figures with 14, while Orem's Shawn Ford took game-high honors with 19.
In other action Tuesday:
Bonneville 85, Layton 76: Andy Fishburn, Curtis Elifritz and Daruis Beard accounted for 63 points as the Lakers outlasted the Lancers. Chad King had 26 for Layton
Fremont 53, Roy 50: Mike Puzey had 30 points for the Royals, but it wasn't enough to stop the Silver Wolves. Jake Brian had 15 points for Fremont which won the rebounding war 31-23.
Weber 77, Clearfield 59: Nic Sparrow scored 20 points to lead the third-ranked Warriors over the Falcons. Jared Flint and Bryan Ransom each had 17 for Clearfield.
Cottonwood 59, Bountiful 49: Shawn Andreason scored 17 as the Colts clipped the host Braves. Brandt Peterson had 16 for Bountiful.
Davis 49, Highland 44: Tyler Finlinson's 12 points complemented a 31-19 rebounding advantage for the visiting Darts. Don Delamare scored 16 for the Rams.
Viewmont 68, Skyline 53: Jake Shoff paced the top-ranked Vikings past the Eagles with 20 points. Matt Hansen scored 16 and had seven rebounds for Skyline.
Bingham 43, Kearns 33: Eric Barton scored 16 points as the Miners prevailed in a defensive battle. Ryan Parker had 14 for the Cougars.
Copper Hills 36, Taylorsville 34: Paul Nurnberg's 23 points led the Grizzlies to an upset win over the visiting Warriors.
Granger 79, Hunter 64: A 24-11 run in the fourth quarter lifted the Lancers to victory. Adam Gallagher of Granger and Cory Grow of Hunter each finished with 21 points.
Alta 68, Jordan 46: James Anderson scored 19 points and Nick Crosby recorded 10 steals in the second half as the Hawks flew past the Beetdiggers.
Brighton 73, American Fork 59: Morgan Smith led all scorers with 21 as the second-ranked Bengals improved to 9-1 in league play. Josh Griffeth and Jeff Kindred each chipped in 14 for Brighton.
Logan 62, Bear River 61: A see-saw battle ended with the Grizzlies on top. Tristan Anderson led the victors with 14 points.
Mountain Crest 75, Ben Lomond 47: Vance Roberts scored 20 points to lead the fifth-ranked Mustangs past the visiting Scots.
Sky View 65, Box Elder 62: Brett Tarbet scored 16 points as the visiting Bobcats surprised the second-ranked Bees. Casey Blacker finished with 13 for Box Elder.
Judge 58, Cyprus 43: Tony Giovacchini scored 21 and Jason Soto added 19 as the Bulldogs powered past the Pirates. Trevor Wilson had 15 for Cyprus.
Murray 54, East 47: Britton Johnsen scored 20 points as the top-ranked Spartans clinched the league title with a win over the No. 3 Leopards.
West 86, Granite 67: Dan White's 14 points led 12 Panthers in scoring as West capitalized on a 49-25 halftime lead. Brandon Terry had 19 for Farmers.
Woods Cross 60, Olympus 57: The Wildcats surprised the Titans behind a combined 32 points from Doug Carlson and Dave Evans. Mike Evans had 16 for Oly.
Region 14 East
ICS 80, Mount Vernon 67: Jessy Jordan and Michael Gray combined for 32 points as the Lions overcame a 19-point performance by Dajun Heaps.
St. Joseph's 79, SLCA 73: Myles Cooper scored 19 points as the Jayhawks nipped the Dragonslayers. SLCA's Eric Vegh and Scott Webb combined for 47.
Waterford 66, SL Lutheran 28: Thirteen players scored as the fifth-ranked Wolves cornered the Lynx. Jason Hewlett led all scores with 13.
Region 14 West
Dugway 80, Meridian 51: Bryan Smith finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Mustangs outscored the Mongoose in all four quarters.
West Desert 99, Shiloah Valley 98: Jay Murphy and Micah Matthews teamed for 51 points as the visiting Hawks survived a shootout. Adam Casper led Shiloah Valley with 44 points and 18 rebounds. Teammate Toby Faber added 23 and 19.
Lehi 93, Emery 82: Tyler Turner and Braden Cooper teamed for 40 points as the fourth-ranked Pioneers knocked off their top-ranked guests. Brandon Burke had 23 for the Spartans.