SALT LAKE CITY — Monday has been big for Mountain View High the past two weeks.
Last Monday, Gentry Oldham hit a game-winning buzzer-beater well after 10 p.m. to lift the Mountain View girls to a 4A first-round victory. This Monday, it was Hayden Young’s turn.
With time winding down and Mountain View and Logan tied at 53 in the nightcap of the 4A state tournament opening round at the Huntsman Center, Young drained a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining to cap a 56-53 overtime victory for the Bruins.
Young was only in the game because of an ankle injury to starter Manuel Ortiz on the last play of regulation, and he sure made the most of his opportunity.
“We were just running our play, and I was probably in the wrong spot. I was going to hand it off to Wyatt Allred and he went the other way and I was like, ‘Crap.’ And I was open so I shot it. Fortunate to have it go in,” said Young.
Young only finished with five points, but his second bucket of the night was certainly the biggest as it secured Mountain View’s first playoff win since 2009. Logan tried to call a timeout after the shot, but the refs determined that time had expired.
With the victory Mountain View advances to the 4A quarterfinals and will face No. 1 Bountiful at 2:30 pm. Wednesday.
“I’m just proud of the kids. They fought through adversity. It was fun,” said Mountain View coach Nate Carling. “It was a long time since we’ve won a game in the state tournament at our school.”
Leading 53-52 with 17.4 seconds remaining, Carling called a timeout with one free throw remaining for Logan’s Jaxton Andersen — who ended up making it to tie the game — to draw up a play. Young was not the guy anyone expected to shoot it.
“I put that play in just the other day, which is kind of unusual. It gave us a lot of different options. The one we chose was not the one that was expected. It was a junior that had to go in late because we had an injured starter,” said Carling.
“The ball was in his hands and he drained it. That’s big. For a junior on a team with a lot of seniors playing in what could be their last game, for a junior to step up and hit a shot like that took a lot of courage.”
Mountain View’s Wyatt Allred had a chance to win it at the free-throw line with 5.9 seconds remaining in regulation, but he only made 1 of 2 free throws and time ran out as the teams scrambled for the rebound.
Realistically, the Bruins had to feel fortunate to still be playing after blowing a 45-36 lead with just more than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Logan came storming back to take a 48-47 lead thanks to big baskets from Tyler Brimhall and Andersen, but the Bruins drew the foul late to send it into OT.
Brimhall finished with 15 points to lead Logan, with Andersen adding 10.
Ryan Warner led Mountain View with 12 points.