West Valley City • Jaden Rasmussen caught the pass. His feet were set — he might’ve even had time for a short breath before he took his shot.
A 3-pointer left his hands and sailed true as the clock hit zero. Nothing but net.
“I knew it,” Rasmussen said. “I felt it.”
The sensational buzzer-beater gave Herriman a thrilling 56-55 win over Logan in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament Monday night at the Maverik Center. The Mustangs won their first-ever playoff game in program history — a contest that at times seemed almost out of reach.
“I told them, ‘It’s our second year — we don’t want to be the team that’s just happy to make the playoffs,’ ” coach Brad Tingey said. “ ‘We want to do some damage.’ And they kept to our theme all year: Just keep playing.”
Logan took several leads in the final minutes of the game, leading by as many as six in the fourth quarter. The teams had traded barbs all game, thriving in the paint and off each other’s turnovers.
With a 55-53 lead and the ball, the Grizzlies turned over possession. Herriman had three seconds to draw up a play. The Mustangs inbounded to Tueni Lupeamanu, who found a wide-open Rasmussen on the wing.
Rasmussen delivered from the same spot he had hit a game-tying 3-pointer only two minutes earlier.
“We wanted to get the ball to our best athlete,” Tingey said. “But then I saw Jaden on the wing, and I hoped Tueni would find him.”
Herriman trailed at the half of a back-and-forth game, but came out on a 10-0 run to quickly take an eight-point lead. The lead evaporated just as quickly as Logan rallied to keep the contest tight.
Both teams shot well but gave up a lot of turnovers. Baskets came quickly in transition. Logan had a slight rebounding edge, but overall, the teams were evenly matched.
Rasmussen finished with a game-high 15 points. Luke Falk led Logan with 13 points.