PROVO — A Timpview versus Provo game is typically intense and often goes down to the wire. True to form, Provo edged out Timpview Friday night 52-50 in what was a hotly contested and physical game.
Junior guard Adam Finch hit the game-winner for the Bulldogs, taking it right at the Thunderbird defense — making a driving layup with just four seconds left. Timpview came within inches of winning the game as Leo Roese's 3-point attempt just rimmed out at the buzzer.
"I just saw an opportunity and I took it," said Finch about his game-winning shot. "There was an open lane, so I just took the opportunity and it worked."
The game looked to be Timpview's for the taking — up 48-44 with just 1:20 remaining. Some missed foul shots helped keep Provo alive, however, along with some timely shooting from both Finch and Dallin Bosco.
With 54 seconds remaining, Bosco hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give his team a 50-49 lead. On the next possession Dax Raymond was only able to convert on one of two foul shots to tie the score up.
With the Thunderbirds wary of Bosco beating them from the perimeter again, Finch took straight to the hoop for his game-winning shot. "I didn't draw it up — you have to give 100 percent credit to Adam Finch," said coach Craig Drury.
The game was close throughout although Timrpview maintained the lead from the opening minute clear to the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter. The game included some hard fouls and some very boisterous student sections that helped fill the Timpview gym to capacity.
Following the game, Drury took the opportunity to celebrate with his team, pointing to his visiting student section.
"I went over and pointed to the crowd and 10 years ago I wouldn't have done that," he said. "I'm at the end of my career — I might have another year or two or whatever, but right now I'm just trying to enjoy things. I had a very hard year last year, so this year I'm just going to try and enjoy things."
For the Provo players, beating their bitter rival Timpview on its home court is about as good as it gets.
"I've always dreamed of beating Timpview at their place," said Finch. "I was out last year and didn't get an opportunity to play (at Timpview), but this year I came back and played my heart out. It means a lot to our student body and it means a lot to our team."
Finch finished with 12 points on the night with Bosco leading the Bulldogs with 16. With the win Provo moves to 8-6 on the year while Timpview drops to 8-6.