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Flyers shoot past Canyon View; Hurricane wins bizarre 2OT game

Hurricane 55, Pine View 53 (F/2 OT)

This game had a lot of storylines. Pine View battled foul trouble. Hurricane rallied from 14 down in the second half. Jackson Last was scoreless through the first 10 minutes, but ended up with 24 points.

But overshadowing all that was the odd pair of overtimes. In the first extra frame, Pine View won the tip, then promptly turned the ball over. Hurricane then held the ball, without even looking for a shot (or being guarded by the Panthers), for the next 3 1/2 minutes. After a timeout with 11 seconds left, Last drove toward the hoop and then was called for an offensive foul before he could get a shot off. With the clock reading 0:00, neither team had attempted a single shot in the overtime.

In the second OT, Hurricane won the tip and the same process repeated itself. Pine View made more of an effort defensively, but the Tigers were still successful in running nearly the entire four minutes off the clock. With 16 seconds to go, Hurricane coach Todd Langston called a timeout and set up a play.

This time, Last caught a pass on the baseline and drew a double-team. He split the defense and found teammate Reagan Marshall in the low post. The 6-foot-6 Marshal banked home the go-ahead shot with two seconds left. Pine View then tried a 3/4 court heave at the buzzer that was off the mark.

The carnage: Two OTS, two combined shot attempts, four total possessions, two total points and one victory for Hurricane.

“Well, if they’re willing to stand back and we have possession of the basketball and we get the last opportunity to score, worst-case scenario is we just go into another overtime,” Langston said. “First time we did it, we didn’t get a very good play. We didn’t get a very good look. The second time, we called a timeout with a little more time to set up. We knew they were going to double Jackson, so we just rolled Reagan to the basket and he was wide open for the bucket.”

Last, who leads the state of Utah in scoring at 26.1 points a game, deserved the attention Pine View’s defense gave him. He had scored 24 points, including consecutive three-point plays when the Tigers were erasing a 13-point second-half deficit.

“I didn’t have the best night, but I was just trying to do whatever I could to get us back in the game,” Last said. “(On the last play), I cut to the corner and they brought two at me. I didn’t see Reagan at first, when he was more open. But I saw him at the last second and got it to him. He made a tough shot, but I’ll take Reagan down there any day.”

Marshall, who is nursing a torn hip labrum that will need surgery after the season, said he was happy the play worked like it did at the end.

“Jackson got the ball in the corner and they triple-teamed him or something like that,” he said. “I was just sitting in the key waiting for the ball. I was ready for the shot. Anything I can get inside the key is what I thrive on.”

The winning shot wouldn’t have been possible without Hurricane’s furious rally late in the game. Ahead 25-22 at halftime, Pine View scored the first eight points of the third quarter to take a 33-22 advantage with 5:17 to go. The lead ballooned to 40-26 after a trey by Michael Moten, a jumper by Jack O’Donnell and two free throws by Hunter Moore with 2:59 left in the third.

The Tigers started chipping away from that point. Five quick points by Last made it 40-31 and a driving layup by Adam Heyrend cut it to 42-33 at the end of the third.

Tayler Tobler hit a trey to keep Hurricane at bay at 53-45 with 3:08 left, but Last got a three-point play, a steal and another three-point play to cut it to 53-51 with 2:19 to play. The Tigers finally got the equalizer with under 40 seconds left when Last stole the ball from Tobler and dunked home the tying basket.

Neither team could score in the closing seconds, setting up the bizarre overtime periods.

Hurricane, 8-3 overall and 2-0 in region, got 24 from Last, plus 10 points each from Heyrend and Russell Nield. The Tigers didn’t hit a single 3-pointer on the game (0 for 13), but made 17 of 23 free throws. Last also had seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Pine View, 5-7 and 1-2, was led by O’Donnell with 18 points and Tobler with 10. The Panthers made 6 of 22 treys and 13 for 19 from the line. Tobler had four assists and three steals, while Connor Brooksby led PV with seven rebounds.

Hurricane hosts Dixie Friday night, while Pine View is home for the visiting Desert Hills Thunder.