Prep notebook: Pleasant Grove vs. Lehi game earns spot in record books
Every one of them was exhausted.
But as Friday night's game between Pleasant Grove and Lehi stretched from one overtime to the next, Vikings coach Randy McAllister refused to let his players sit down during breaks.
"Get up," he told his players. "We're going to show them we're not tired."
Whether or not the move gave his team a psychological edge, Pleasant Grove outlasted Lehi 109-107 in a four-OT thriller tied for the fourth-longest high school boys' game in Utah history.
"They just wanted to keep playing and keeping winning," McAllister said. "It was a wild game."
Lehi's Blake Cleveringa scored 54 points in the loss, becoming one of six boys in state history to reach or exceed that mark.
"Cleveringa was just a machine," McAllister said. "We just knew it was going to go through him."
The Vikings got either a big stop or a big shot at the end of regulation and the first three overtimes to force more basketball. In a long, foul-laden game that saw the teams combine for 99 free-throw attempts, five of the Vikings' top eight players had fouled out by the end of the game.
Riley Court, who scored 27, was gone. Forrest Pincock and his 21 also were on the bench. Only Matt Conway, who finished with a team-high 30, stood at the end.
But it was Mitch Brown who became the game's hero. The seldom-used reserve hit a 24-foot 3-pointer with 7 seconds remaining in the third overtime to force the fourth. Pleasant Grove got up by as much as eight in the final overtime session before Lehi made a push that ended with a meaningless layup as time expired.
"Brown was the kid who everybody picked up after the game," the coach said.
In a packed gym at Logan High School on Friday, many of the eyes were on rival Sky View star Jalen Moore, who plans to play at Utah State next season.
But it was a 5-foot-8 point guard from Logan who stole the show.
Taylor Compton, who scored a career-high 15 points last week, dropped 14 points on the Bobcats in the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies were down 10 points in the fourth quarter and had not held a lead since scoring the game's opening bucket.
But after Sky View missed a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left, Compton nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win 74-73.
"It's the greatest game I've ever been a part of, no doubt about it," Logan coach Logan Brown said. "It's definitely a moment Taylor's not going to forget."
Layton Christian showed no mercy to Mount Vernon on Friday, walking away with a 111-23 victory. A dozen players scored for Layton Christian, including seven in double digits. Only seven of those points came from free throws.