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High school boys basketball: West Jordan takes a thrilling 55-52 overtime win over Taylorsville

Logan Prince’s 24 points led the way for the Jaguars in securing a key Region 2 win on Tuesday

West Jordan players celebrate their overtime win against Taylorsville at Taylorsville High School Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.
West Jordan players celebrate their overtime win against Taylorsville at Taylorsville High School Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

TAYLORSVILLE — As impressive as West Jordan’s start was, how it hung on to gut out a thrilling 55-52 win over Taylorsville on Tuesday proved even more so.

At the final buzzer the Jaguar student section stormed the court with players and coaches making no pretense of it just being any other win.

“This one was huge for us. No question,” said West Jordan coach Mason Sawyer. “This was our first region game on the road, and it was against a great team, so yeah, it feels great to get this one.”

Getting the win appeared to be a breeze early on. Lockdown defense and some sharp-shooting, primarily from Logan Prince, saw the Jaguars storm out to a 17-3 lead just minutes into the second quarter.

But Taylorsville rallied big from there, cutting away at the lead to trail just 26-20 at the half following a 7-0 run during the second quarter’s final minute and a half.

“That minute and a half was a big moment, and sort of told how the rest of the game would go,” Sawyer said. “Unfortunately we let them back in, but like I said, that’s a great team and we knew they were going to fight until the end.”

The Warriors’ momentum carried into the third quarter and into the fourth, with four straight 3-pointers made by Taylorsville guard Cole Nebeker helping build his team a 40-36 lead at the outset of the fourth quarter.

But led by Prince, West Jordan manufactured a quick 7-2 run to again take control, up 43-42 with just over two minutes left in regulation. But two free throws by Taylorsville’s Eric Giang with just 3.3 seconds left in regulation tied things at 48-48, and into a four minute overtime period.

“I just looked at my guys before overtime and said, ‘How fun is this? It’s a tough region game on the road and you guys are right in it,’” Sawyer said. “Fortunately, the guys responded and we got this game in overtime.”

As for the overtime period, the big shot made belonged to Gabe Evans, who hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 51-51, with the Jaguars not looking back from there to take the big win.

“Gabe can flat out shoot, and he was kind of off at times tonight, but we trusted him, and he came through at the end,” Sawyer said.

Evans ended with 12 points with Prince leading all scorers with 24. Not showing up big on the stat sheet, but playing a big role was Boston Farmer, who worked effectively to limit Taylorsville leading scorer Cameron Millican considerably.

“He worked his tail off, and I’m so proud of him,” Sawyer said of Farmer. “And then Logan, he’s just a sophomore and he’s come up big for us all year. He did a lot of great things out there tonight than just scoring.”

With the win West Jordan improves to 10-7 overall and a perfect 5-0 in Region 2 play. Taylorsville drops to 10-5 and 4-1 in Region 2 play, with the loss.