When the marathon nightcap had finally ended, TJ Haws ditched the ball he’d used to draw ovation after ovation, flinging the basketball high into the Huntsman Center. The first person waiting to greet him was Quincy Lewis, himself having endured the 82-79 double-overtime thriller Thursday night.
The pair have been through a lot in their four seasons together at Lone Peak, a program that has won three straight Class 5A championships and is in search of its fourth this Saturday.
Lone Peak 82, Bingham 79 (2OT)Lone Peak star TJ Haws scores a school-record 42 points on 15-of-29 shooting.
» Bingham sophomore Yoeli Childs (22 points, 17 rebounds) dominates the Knights inside.
» Lone Peak faces Davis in the 5A semifinal Friday at 5:50 p.m. at the Huntsman Center.
Lewis, the architect of Lone Peak’s dynasty, lowered his hands and smiled as Haws dropped two hands onto his head coach and the pair hugged and laughed.
"You know what? The last few years we’ve made it look easy," Lewis said, "but it isn’t easy."
To keep the dream alive for a fourth consecutive state crown, the Knights were pushed to the brink — and not just once — by the Bingham Miners in the 5A quarterfinal.
It took a historic night from Haws to put Lone Peak over the top.
The BYU commit broke his own school record and personal career high with 42 points on 15-of-29 shooting. Along with Frank Jackson (20 points) and Zach Frampton (14 rebounds, 15 rebounds), the Lone Peak backcourt accounted for 76 of the team’s 82 points in double overtime.
"Those are the games that are fun to play in," Haws said. "That’s what high school basketball’s all about — that was a blast."
Haws’ final points of the game, on a straight-away 3-pointer, gave Lone Peak an 80-77 lead. But as they did all game, the Miners gave themselves a chance to tie even after Haws found Jackson for a fast-break layup to give Lone Peak the 82-79 lead.
But Kyle Gearig’s long 3-pointer bounced right off the rim and Haws eventually squeezed the rebound and didn’t relinquish it.
"You get in this tournament and you have to get one game like this usually," Lewis said. "You have to figure out one game and we figured it out."
It took some time.
Late in regulation, one of Haws’ five 3-pointers gave the Knights a seven-point lead with less than five minutes to go, but Bingham sophomore Yoeli Childs (22 points, 17 rebounds) led the Miners back to within striking distance. Gearig capped off a 9-3 run with a layup to send it into overtime.
"I knew Bingham’s a very good team," Haws said. "I knew we had to be ready."
Lone Peak battled back from a three-point deficit late in the first overtime period when Jackson tied the game 75-75 with a driving layup. Later deadlocked 77-77, Haws broke the seal and eventually made the final pass to Jackson for the final basket of the night.
"When you have a guy like TJ, it isn’t about plays at the end of the game," Lewis said, "it’s about space. Just give him space and he’ll be able to make plays."
With or without space, Haws kept his Lone Peak legacy open-ended.
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