It’s amazing, it’s the first time I’ve ever made a game-winning shot. It’s amazing. —Dyson Koehler
SANDY — Jordan’s Dyson Koehler scored 10 points during Friday’s senior night game against Corner Canyon, but the last two were by far the most impactful — and, to the Beetdiggers, the most important.
Jordan had the ball with one minute remaining in a tie game and played keep-away, running down the clock before calling a timeout with just seconds left to set up one final play.
After inbounding the ball, the Beetdiggers worked the ball around the horn, finding Joe Dumsa on the left wing. Dumsa attacked the lane and threw up a floater in the crowded paint that was knocked away, and it looked like the contest was headed to overtime.
Instead, the ball found its way to Koehler, who made a game-winning shot at the buzzer that gave Jordan a dramatic 40-38 senior night victory and sent the Beetdigger student section on to the court in celebration.
“I saw my teammate, Joe (Dumsa), driving the ball, so I was trying to move out of the way for him to score it, and it looked like he got fouled, and the ball just came to me by luck. I just shot it,” Koehler said.
Jordan High head coach Trace Bevell said that, originally, the plan was to try to get Koehler the ball in the middle, but Corner Canyon came out in zone defense, so they switched to a Dumsa drive.
“We swung the ball, we were going to shoot it at six (seconds), or attack at seven (seconds), shoot it at three (seconds). Chance for an offensive rebound if it missed,” Bevell said.
The play went according to plan until Dumsa lost the ball, but Koehler was there to scoop the ball up and score.
“It’s amazing, it’s the first time I’ve ever made a game-winning shot. It’s amazing,” Koehler said.
The buzzer-beater was the high point of an otherwise low-scoring game. The 40-point output was the lowest point total in a win this season for the Beetdiggers. The last time that Jordan and Corner Canyon squared off, the Beetdiggers scored double that in an 80-73 win. Bevell said that Corner Canyon’s switch to a zone was the reason for the low scoring on Friday night.
“Teams go to a zone against us and force us to shoot from the outside, and we just got to be patient and shoot better shots. At times, their shot selection wasn’t there, but we made the shot when we had to,” Bevell said.
The win was important for the Beetdiggers, which clinched a share of the Region 7 title.
“We’re guaranteed a co-region champ, right now. If Timpview wins the next two, we tie, so at least we’ll be the second seed if we tie,” Bevell said.
It was also senior night at Jordan, which only added to the drama of a close battle.
“As a coach, senior night is really hard. It’s the last home game for your seniors, they want to win, and it’s really, really hard — even for opposing teams," Bevell said. "They’ve got to do what we want done, a longer halftime, and I’m thankful that Corner (Canyon) was good with that.
For Koehler, a sophomore, getting a win to send the seniors out right only added to the enjoyment of hitting his first high school game-winner.
“It’s very good. I’m going to miss playing here with all of the seniors, so I had to get this win for them,” Koehler said.