Pleasant Grove • Beating Lone Peak, the two-time defending Class 5A champions, who haven’t lost a game in Utah in two years would take something extraordinary, something off the charts crazy.
Something like a 24-point, 12-rebound game from Matt Conway or a 17-point, 8-assist effort from Riley Court. That’s exactly what Pleasant Grove got.
The Vikings stunned Lone Peak 78-72 on Friday night in one of the most wildly entertaining games of the year.
It was Lone Peak’s first loss in Utah since Feb. 12, 2012 when the Knights dropped a game to American Fork.
The win moved Pleasant Grove into a first-place tie with Lone Peak in Region 4. Both teams are now 8-1 with three games remaining.
“We have a great offensive team, and I think getting down actually motivates this team,” said Pleasant Grove coach Randy McAllister. “We got seven of eight defensive stops to start the fourth quarter that really got us going.”
Lone Peak looked like it would run away with the game early in the second half when it went on a 10-3 run to build a 43-32 lead, but Pleasant Grove came back with a flurry. Conway scored 11 points in the third quarter and Court added nine to cut the lead to 57-55 at the end of the period.
The Vikings then surged ahead to start the fourth quarter. Mark Sheffield started it with a layup and a 3-pointer. Conway sank a free throw to give Pleasant Grove a 61-57 lead with 6:21 left in the game. Frank Jackson answered for Lone Peak, but Sheffield cashed in an offensive rebound, and the Vikings then came up clutch from the free-throw line. Court and Hayden deHoyos added a pair of free throws to give Pleasant Grove a 67-59 lead.
Lone Peak fired back with a 3-pointer from TJ Haws that was followed by a Haws steal and dunk.
But Forrest Pincock knocked what proved to be the biggest 3-pointer of the game with a minute left. Jackson then scored scored five straight points to cut the lead to 75-72 with 18 seconds remaining, but Pincock made one of two free throws and Conway finished off the upset with a pair of free throws to start the celebration.
“You’ve got to give them credit for making tough shots. We didn’t get to our spots defensively like we needed to,” said Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis. “It’s a tough league; we just have to get ready to move on to the next game.”
Pleasant Grove 78, Lone Peak 72
R Pleasant Grove and Lone Peak combine for 20 3-pointers.
• Pleasant Grove snaps Lone Peak’s 28-game winning streak over Utah teams.