In overtime, and with the game on the line, Snow Canyon point guard Blake Munson stepped up to the foul line and took a deep breath.
The senior proceeded to make two free throws, which were just enough for the Warriors as they held on for a thrilling 67-65 victory over Logan in the second round of the 4A basketball tournament at Snow Canyon High School.
“As a kid, you dream of hitting clutch shots in those moments,” said Munson after the game. “It was a little nerve-wrecking, but it was fun at the same time. I practice my free throws a lot, so I was confident. In the end, I’m just glad we were able to get the win.”
As the final seconds ticked off the clock in overtime, Snow Canyon players and coaches breathed a sigh of relief in what was an instant classic between both teams.
“That’s what you expect when you have the No. 8 and No. 9 seed teams playing each other,” said Snow Canyon head coach Doug Meacham. “Watching Logan on film, we knew it was going to be this kind of game. I can’t say enough about our players. They were focused, played together and I couldn’t be prouder.”
“As a kid, you dream of hitting clutch shots in those moments.” — Snow Canyon point guard Blake Munson
The Warriors got a balanced scoring attack, as four players scored in double figures. Walker Morrison and Munson scored 12 points apiece, Lincoln Polatis chipped in with 11 and Isaac Lyon added 10 off the bench.
For Logan, the game plan was to stop Snow Canyon’s Lyman Simmons, who came into Friday averaging nearly a double-double with 18.5 points and 9.1 rebounds. Every time the 6-foot-8 sophomore touched the ball, Logan had two or three defenders immediately on him.
That of course, gave the Warriors a lot of open looks beyond the arc, and Snow Canyon made Logan pay in the early going.
The Warriors, who came in making an average of seven 3-pointers per game, had already hit seven from beyond the arc midway through the second quarter.
“Lyman did an excellent job getting the ball out and finding the open man,” said Meacham. “The shots were falling early, and then they stopped, but that’s basketball and our guys were able to pull it out.”
After trailing by as many as 19 midway through the third quarter, Logan put together a run of its own. Using full-court pressure for some easy steals and layups, combined with hitting a bunch of 3-pointers, the Grizzlies outscored Snow Canyon 24-6 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Logan’s Jadin Penigar led all scorers with 24 points, including a game-high five 3-pointers. Will Jensen added 10 points, Ethan Davis chipped in with eight and Isaac Tuft and Jaylen Sargent had seven points apiece.
But the rally ran out of gas as Snow Canyon held on in the thrilling finish in overtime.
Both teams were playing in the 4A second round for the second year in a row. With the win, Snow Canyon now advances to play No. 1 Juan Diego in the 4A quarterfinals at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.