OGDEN — Credit good scouting and sticking to the game plan for Sky View's 63-61 win over Payson in Wednesday's state 4A quarterfinals overtime thriller.
The same strategy that put the Bobcats into overtime ended up being the deciding factor. Mike Bales scored two quick baskets and Clint Lee one in the extra period to give Sky View a six-point lead. All three overtime hoops by the Bobcats' front line came from baseline drives.
"We felt like that's where we wanted to attack them, was on the baseline," Sky View coach Terrell Baldwin said.
Sky View outscored Payson 42-28 in the paint. The Bobcats assistant coaches had watched game films and scouted Payson and felt the baseline was a weakness in the Lions zone defense.
"You play a whole season to get to the state playoffs, and you'd better have your scouting done by the time you get there," Baldwin said.
The Bobcats also had a few bounces go their way. At the end of regulation, with the game tied at 53, Payson ran off 90 seconds looking for the last shot. However, the Lions didn't get the shot they wanted when Randy Beddes tossed up an air-ball while falling down in the key. Sky View's Andy King missed a wide-open three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer that could have won it in regulation for the Bobcats.
After Sky View jumped out to the six-point lead in overtime, the Lions clawed back to tie the game at 61. Sky View forward Clint Lee sank two foul shots with 13 seconds remaining to put the Bobcats back up by two. Payson got two good three-point looks in the final seconds, but shots by Brett Hiatt and Daniel Tervort both dipped in and came back out.
With his baseline drives, Lee scored 23 points for Sky View, and fellow forward Mike Bales added 14. Lee also pulled down 10 rebounds.
Walynn Burgess powered Payson through the first four quarters, scoring 23 points with his twisting inside moves, but he was held scoreless in overtime. Burgess also dished the ball back outside several times to Tyler Newbold. The super sophomore showed he can do more than jump out of the gym by canning five three-pointers. Newbold also dished out five assists and pulled down 11 boards.
Sky View made 10 of 12 free throws, while Payson hit only nine of 16.