PROVO — Provo coach Craig Drury thinks the home-court advantage might have been a disadvantage for the state's top-ranked team Tuesday night.
Drury's Bulldogs came out tight and unaggressive in losing at home to cross-town rival and No. 2-ranked Timpview 44-41. Provo only scored 17 points through three quarters. Drury blamed the low output on his team being intimidated by the packed house.
"We're not used to that," Drury said.
However, despite staying in low-gear for most of the game, the Bulldogs did make a game of it by rallying with 24 fourth-quarter points. Drury said his team didn't start to play aggressively "until it was obvious we were going to lose."
The loss drops the Bulldogs' record to 14-1.
It was the sharp play of T-Bird point guard Matt Pinegar and the perfect 4-for-4 shooting of forward Brad Shumpert that held off Provo's late charge and led Timpview to its 14th win, matching Provo with only one loss. Pinegar finished with 16 points, while Shumpert had 10.
But the key might have been the inside defense of junior center Chris Miles and forward Ryan Jackson, which held Provo's two power-forward brothers off-balance for most of the game. Even though junior Tai Wesley had 17 points and his older brother Tika Wesley tossed in 11, their points didn't come easy. Miles, at 6-foot-10, had three blocks before fouling out late in the game.
"We wanted our post guys to make it a war," said T-Bird coach Perry Wildeboer.
But both coaches agreed that Pinegar was the best player on the court Tuesday night and controlled the game's tempo, especially in the third quarter when the T-Birds outscored the Bulldogs 15-5. Pinegar hurt the Bulldogs several times by penetrating the middle for driving layups.
"That's when I'm at my best. That's what I'm supposed to do," Pinegar said.
Timpview actually started a bit slower than Provo, scoring its first bucket with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter. But with the help of 10 first-half Provo turnovers, the T-Birds took a 15-12 lead into the locker room.
Pinegar opened the second half with a quick three-pointer, which was followed with four more quick Timpview points, stretching the lead to 10. Pinegar widened the lead to 30-17 when he ended the third quarter with a driving layup. He also scored the T-Bird's first five points of the fourth quarter.
But Provo point guard Mick Hagen came alive in the final period and hit a key three-pointer with just over three minutes to play, cutting the Timpview lead to 38-31. Corey Carter trimmed the lead further when he hit another trey with just over a minute to play.
With 25 seconds remaining, Tai Wesley sank one free throw to cut the lead to 42-39 and Timpview dropped the ball out of bounds on the ensuing possession. Tai Wesley pulled the Bulldogs to within one when he followed up a missed Hagen three-pointer with 12 seconds left. However, following a time-out, the T-Birds sealed the victory when Shumpert slipped behind the defense on the inbounds play for an easy layup.
"Maybe we got a little too timid there in the fourth quarter and took the air out of the ball a bit too early," Wildeboer said.
However, the T-Bird coach said he was confident his team wouldn't give away at the end a victory it had earned. Even though the victory will likely move Timpview to the top of the 4A ranks, Wildeboer said his team has a lot of improving to do to earn a state title.
"We have to get much better."
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