Richfield • The buzzer finally blew, and the game was over at last, and the Enterprise Wolves surged into a jumble of bodies near their bench. There were sighs of relief and there were hugs and maybe there were some tears, too.
And there also was this: Pure elation. The Wolves would be playing for a state championship after holding on just long enough. They outlasted South Summit, 64-56, in an overtime thriller Friday in the Class 2A boys’ state semifinals.
“It’s something we’ve worked for,” said Justin Prisbey, without whose 22-point, 10-rebound game the Wolves wouldn’t have won. “We made a goal at the end of last year to play for a state championship. … We worked our tails off and it’s all paying off now.”
But the goal very nearly slipped away in the span of eight minutes in the fourth quarter. The Wolves’ hard-earned eight-point lead quickly turned to four. And that turned to two, then none, vanishing as the Wildcats hit one big shot after another.
When Enterprise’s last-second 3 to win clanked off the rim, sending the game to overtime, South Summit had the momentum. But it was the Wolves who played with energy in the extra period, grabbing a quick lead then refusing, this time, to give it up.
“I think that we’re just a really tight group of guys, and we come together when we need to,” Prisbey said. “We needed to and we did.
“I don’t think that [quitting] came in anyone’s mind. [South Summit] definitely had the momentum, but we’re never going to give up. I don’t care who we’re playing.”
The eruption near the Enterprise bench when the game ended was just the beginning of the celebration. The players streamed into the locker room, unleashing primal yells each time another player or coach entered. The sound waves vibrated the cinderblock walls.
“When you’re a kid, you always dream of that,” Prisbey said. “It’s exciting and fun. It’s fun to be in that atmosphere.”
Wasatch Academy 63, South Sevier 27 • The defending champion Tigers rolled, outscoring the Rams 20-1 in the first quarter. Geno Luzcando had 30 points to lead Wasatch Academy.
O Justin Prisbey scores 22 points and grabs 10 boards to lift Enterprise to the Class 2A title game
• South Summit forced overtime with a comeback, but scored just three points in overtime