Ogden • When 3-point shots are falling, all is right with the world for most basketball teams. But, when they bounce out, a team can be in trouble.
Snow Canyon experienced both those situations Thursday morning as it took a thrilling 67-66 overtime victory over Ben Lomond in the Class 3A boys’ basketball quarterfinals at the Dee Events Center.
The Warriors tried 28 3-pointers, hitting 7 of 14 in the first half when they led by as many as 15 points. And they hit only 2 of 11 in the second half. But the final one by sophomore Jacob Frei with 30 seconds to play in overtime provided the winning margin.
“In the first half, I thought they were all going to drop,” Snow Canyon coach James Brown said. “In the second half, we kind of went cool on our 3s. That is not what we were asking them to do, but we got it done. We were fortunate.”
Ben Lomond was probably one defensive rebound away from winning this one in regulation and overtime. But the Warriors grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, including some key ones late in regulation when they trailed by as many as five points. None were bigger than the one Nathan Gottfredson pulled down with time running down in overtime.
“I got a good kickout from Nate,” said Frei, who finished with 20 points. “He boarded it well and it [Frei’s winning 3-pointer] went in. … I was lucky to have the last one. It was a fun game, but hopefully it won’t happen the [same way] next time.”
The Region 9-champion Warriors started the game on fire, roaring to leads of 9-0 and 30-15 behind a barrage of 3 pointers.
But Ben Lomond’s slender Sterling Brandley simply wouldn’t give up. There were times when the little guard seemed determine to personally will the Scots to victory, as he finished with 22 points, six assists, three rebounds, three steals and seemed to lead his team’s defensive effort.
“We are gritty and hard-nosed and we kind of have a never-say-die attitude,” said Ben Lomond coach Ryan Wilcox. “The kids showed that this morning. We got back ahead and then they got some bounces that bounced to them and not to us.”
Snow Canyon’s inside players proved to be the big difference in this one. Gottfredson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, six of them offensive, while Chandler Gines had 12 points and 11 rebounds, eight of them defensive. Josh Hardin had 16 points, Andy Atencio 11 and Sage Eastburn 10 for the Scots.