Roy • The huddle near the Roy bench broke, and Brekkott Chapman walked gingerly to the free-throw line, where the result of the game hung, waiting to be snatched.
Roy was up by two over Sky View with three seconds left in the fourth quarter. Minutes earlier, Chapman had tweaked his ankle, and the 6-foot-8 star was in visible discomfort. But as he stood at the line and stared at the rim, he brushed off the pain and let instinct take over.
He knocked in the first free throw, then the second.
The clutch points effectively sealed for the Royals a 71-67 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, and they capped an outstanding performance from Chapman.
Chapman, a junior, had 28 points and dueled all night with Sky View's Jalen Moore, who finished with 29. It was a battle of two of the best big men in the state, and it lived up to its billing.
"When you know that some big-time player is coming in, you're always going to have that extra edge in your mindset," said Chapman, who was unsure if he'll miss any games with the ankle injury. "I know how he plays, and I wanted to get a quick start, and that's what happened."
The Royals took a 26-13 lead in the first quarter with a dominant start from Chapman, who had 15 points and three 3s in the first.
Over the next two quarters, Moore led a Sky View comeback that had the game tied at 49-49 heading into the fourth. Moore, a Utah State commit, had 19 of his points in the second half.
"He's an outstanding athlete," Roy coach Dan McClure said. "I enjoy watching him play. I don't enjoy coaching against him, but I like watching him play."
As good as Chapman was, the Royals needed the contributions of several role players. Jesse Wayment had 15 points, while David Hadley and Jaden Jackson each added 10. Each of them made key shots down the stretch.
Still, it was Chapman who impressed the most, rising to the occasion of his matchup with Moore and bringing the Royals their fourth victory in five Region 5 games.
"That's the sign of a really good player, one that wants that challenge," McClure said. "It's a game he's been talking about for a while."