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Knights edge T-Birds in 2 OTs

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HIGHLAND — Lone Peak guard Sam Burgess was so calm and collected in the final 12 seconds of the Knights' 77-76 double-overtime victory over Timpview Friday night, he would have given coffee the shakes.

"The final was definitely set up to get Sam a shot," Lone Peak coach Ryan Cuff said.

Not a bad idea, seeing he had already hit for 27 points and had hit just about every shot he had taken.

"The first time he got the shot he didn't take it because he wasn't open," Cuff said, citing the second option to hit the man in the corner. "He wasn't open, so we went back to Sam and he needed to find a way to get to the basket. Basically, he did that on his own. That's the type of competitor he is — the type of leader he is. He can take game over."

Counting the game-winner Burgess finished with a team-high 29 points with the help of three 3-pointers — one of which that came in 33 seconds left in double-OT to cut the Timpview lead back to one.

"Burgess stepped up and hit some monster threes to keep his team in it," Timpview coach Perry Wildeboer said. "Obviously, he hit the big shot."

With the win the Knights, after starting region play 1-4, move to 7-4 and into a three-way tie with Provo and Payson with 7-4 league marks.

The T-Birds (12-6) remain in first place with a 9-2 mark, but Tuesday's loss won't be soon forgotten.

With the score tied at 61 apiece, Timpview's Kyle Roberts rebounded a Timpview miss and put it back in, but the officials waived it off. A Timpview fan, with his video camera, raced down near the scorer's table claiming the shot left Roberts' hand with .03 second left.

During the post-play argument a Timpview assistant was whistled with a technical foul.

"He (the official) called a 'T' at a stupid time. Good officials know the game — game situations. He let pride take over," Wildeboer said. "First of all, the game gets taken away from us. What do you expect from coach and everybody before you settle down. I thought we won the game. (I was) standing on the baseline when the shot went up. When the tip-in went in, to when I heard the horn, in my opinion, it was (good)."

The game was tied at 69 at the end of the first overtime, and Timpview took a four-point lead with two consecutive baskets by Matt Orme, who poured in a game-high 31, and Roberts, who finished with 22.

"There were situations in that game were we could have put it out (of reach)," Wildeboer said. "It was a four-point game, we get a wide-open look from our best shooter and (if it goes in) that puts the game way."

After Burgess hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to one, Orme nailed a three only to see Burgess answer again to cut the lead to one with 33 seconds left in the game.

Burgess added his game-winning 16-footer seconds later.

"The kids didn't quit, and how easy it could have been at that point," Cuff said . "They stayed with it and stayed together."

The T-Birds trailed by 12 at the half, but behind 10 points by Jake Moon they cut the lead to two at 46-44 at the end of the third quarter.

Timpview took the lead at the 5:55 mark and then led by as many at five with just over two minutes left in the game. Lone Peak's Chase Palmer, who had 13 points, and Burgess scored baskets to pull within one point.

After Timpview's Michael Bateman hit one of two foul shots, Lone Peak's Matt Wilder had a steal and layup with 48 seconds left that proved to be the basket to send the game into overtime.

"We needed to win a close one," Cuff said. "It gives our kids even more confidence."