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Hurricane 72, Snow Canyon 71

With a playoff spot on the line for both teams, the Tigers and Warriors staged an offensive shootout that won’t soon be forgotten by either team, with Jackson Last putting together what looked like an audition tape for play at the next level.

Last had 32 points on 10 of 16 shooting, making four 3-pointers and eight of his 10 free throws.

“I’ve never really had a game like this one,” Last said. “The first half, I was just trying to get Josh (Parker) going. But in the second half, they started focusing on him and that opened up things for me. So I got a couple of 3s and then lanes to the hoop.”

The junior point guard made the most of his second-half opportunities, going off for nine points in the third quarter and 11 in the fourth. He saved his best for last, throwing down a one-handed dunk late in the third and then hitting two treys and making 5 of 6 from the line in the fourth quarter.

“I told Jackson that he needed to be more assertive and more offensive-minded in the second half,” Hurricane coach Todd Langston said. “I knew he could get in the lane and that would really cause problems for the defense. And then they had to respect him driving the ball, which gave him some good looks from 3.”

Even with the monster game from Last, the Tigers had their hands full with the Warriors. The teams were tied at 36-all with the 3-pointers coming fast and furious in the opening two quarters. Snow Canyon pushed out to a four-point lead in the third quarter, with Christian Sullivan doing most of the offensive damage. The senior guard, who finished with 21 points, scored 10 in the third.

Last scored the last two baskets of the third, starting with that dunk, to make it a 50-49 game with eight minutes to go. He set up the slam at the top of the key.

“I got the ball on a reversal and I gave a jab and it just kind of opened things up,” Last said. “At first, I didn’t think I was going to dunk it, but I got up there and I thought, ‘I can put this down.’ So I just dunked it. I wasn’t really thinking about it before, but once I got up there, I figured I would just throw it down.”

The game stayed tight throughout the fourth quarter. Reagan Marshall had a big three-point play late in the fourth, but Brooks Sampson gave the Warriors the lead back at 68-67 with 1:06 to play on a catch-and-shoot trey. Last, who was guarding Sampson, was screened off on the play, but got his redemption 26 seconds later by burying a baseline 3-pointer to give the Tigers the lead back.

“That was my guy that hit that 3-pointer, so I kind of felt like it was on me,” Last said. “I got an open look in the corner and I felt like I really needed to knock it down because of what happened on the other end.”

The trey made it 70-68 with 40 seconds left. Baker drew a foul at the opposite end for Snow Canyon, but hit just 1 of 2, making it 70-69 with 12 seconds to play. After a timeout, Hurricane got the ball in to Last and he hit both free throws to make it 72-69 with 11.1 seconds on the clock.

The Warriors then set up a final play, with Baker firing a contested 3-pointer that was off the mark. Kadin Hansen rebounded the miss and quickly scored a layup, but time expired as the ball went through the hoop, leaving it a one-point Hurricane win. Last was the defender on the final 3-point attempt.

“Jackson made a great defensive stand there at the end, making Baker change his shot a little bit,” Langston said. “It was a great team effort. Reagan Marshall had 10 points in the fourth quarter. Josh Parker was big in the first half and Adam Heyrend made a couple of big plays in the lane for us. I feel bad for Snow Canyon because they played a great game. Neither team deserved to lose.”

Along with Last’s 32 points, Parker finished with 17 and had five rebounds. Marshall had 12 points as the Tigers shot a blistering 52 percent from the floor (25 for 48) and 88 percent from the line (14 of 16).

For Snow Canyon, Baker and Sullivan had 21 points each, the duo combining for six treys and 8 of 10 free throws. Sampson finished with 11 and Cade Thorkelson had three 3-pointers for nine points.

The Tigers, 13-11 overall and 3-7 in region, go to Ridgeline Friday night in the first round of the 3A playoffs. The RiverHawks, 17-4 overall, are a first-year school from Cache Valley that tied for first in Region 11, but won a coin toss with Juan Diego to gain the No. 1 seed. The two teams have not met, but Ridgeline went 2-1 this year against Region 9 teams, beating Desert Hills by 12 and Snow Canyon by 23 and losing by one to Dixie in overtime.

“First time in a long time we’ve made it into the playoffs,” Marshall said. “We’re so pumped about it. It feels awesome.”

Snow Canyon ends its first season under new head coach Jamison Sorenson with a 7-14 record, 1-9 in Region 9. The Warriors are stacked with underclassmen, including Baker, Sampson, Kameron Webster, Bryson Childs, Joey Robertson, Austin Staheli and Spencer Snow, all who played significant minutes this season.