Even with the benefit of two practices, the 5A high school all-star team had a few problems with its execution when they hosted the 4A all-stars in the Utah High School Coaches Association all-star game at Mountain View High School Friday night.
It took the 5A stars three and a half quarters to get the chant down coming out of a timeout.Bruins, defense, win, hustle. Everyone had a different saying.
And when Mountain View coach Rob Cuff drew up a play with nine seconds left in the game and the 5A stars down by one, he drew up a play to get a shot on the baseline.
Instead, the Bruins got a 3-point shot on the wing from Viewmont's Brad Crockett that won the game at the buzzer and lifted the 5A to a thrilling 96-94 win.
Oh, well, all-star games aren't about execution, they're about great individual talent and athletic ability.
"I thought I was covered, but somehow Stan (Johnson) got the ball to me," Crockett said. "When I shot it, it felt real good. I thought it was in."
Crockett was right. His shot was on the money and avenged 5A's loss to the 4A stars last year.
After leading 14-11 with three minutes left in the first quarter, the 4A stars took over the game and led by as much as 15 at 46-31.
But a three-pointer from Davis' Ted Hollist cut the led to 46-34 at the half.
The 5A stars fired back and cut the gap to 69-64 at the end of the third quarter, but the 4A stars wouldn't let the lead go.
A pair of free throws from Judge's Tony Giovacchini and a jumper from Mountain Crest's Tony Brown looked to give the 4A team a safe 90-81 lead with three minutes left in the game.
But a bucket from Skyline's Ross Varner followed by a Varner dunk off an assist from Johnson cut the lead to 92-91.
Provo's Eric Jackson then dropped in two free throws, but the 5A stars answered with a hoop from Nic Fitzgerald and a Fitzgerald steal set up Crocket's heroics.
Brown scored a game-high 18 points. Olympus' John Hille and Jackson added 16 each for the 4A.
Skyline's Brandon Anderson paced the 5A with 14. Crockett added 13, while Johnson and Mountain View's Scott Henry chipped in 11.
The 3A all-stars opened the night's festivities with a 103-89 win over the 2A/1A all-stars.
Spencer Allred led the 2A/1A stars with 31 points. Bear River's Kevin Asay, Pine View's Ryan Eves and Richfield's Tadd Rollins were three of seven players to score in double figures for the 3A stars. All three scored 12 points.