ST. GEORGE — With 5.2 seconds left on the clock, Brodee Tebbs was given the green light to try and extend South Sevier’s season. That’s all the time he needed.
Tebbs darted up court after an inbounds pass, made a quick spin move at the top of the key and then let loose a one-handed floater in the lane that dropped straight through the rim as the buzzer sounded. The senior was immediately mobbed at midcourt by South Sevier’s student body as they celebrated the 44-42 win over Juab in the 3A quarterfinals at Dixie State.
“I told Brodee if he could get all the way to the rim to try to get all the way to the rim,” said South Sevier coach Rhet Parsons. “Caleb (Barton) was supposed to circle behind and if Brodee got stuck, he was supposed to pitch it back to Caleb. Fortunately, Brodee got that one down. That was a huge shot. I was tickled that he made it. He missed a couple just like it early in the second half.”
Tebbs said he’s never hit a game-winning shot, but it’s something he’s always dreamed about.
“It was especially nice with our student section here,” said Tebbs, who finished with 10 points to lead South Sevier into Friday’s semifinals against Delta at 7:30 p.m.
Barton led South Sevier in scoring with 13 points, while Easton Hunt added 12.
South Sevier’s largest lead of the game was only two points, which happened on multiple occasions. Barton put the Rams ahead 34-32 early in the fourth quarter on a baseline 3-pointer, and then with South Sevier trailing 39-38 with one minute remaining Hunt buried a 3-pointer to help regain the lead at 41-39.
Over the next 45 seconds, both teams turned the ball over on one possession and then made 1 of 2 free throws on another.
Peydon Wood’s lone free throw with 16 seconds remaining put South Sevier ahead 42-40 with 16 seconds left in the game. After a timeout Juab got the ball inside to Jackson Rowley, who made a spin move in the paint and then finished a difficult fadeaway shot leveling the game at 42-42.
Parsons immediately called a timeout and the refs put 5.2 seconds on the clock, which proved to be exactly how much time Tebbs needed.
His game game-winner helped South Sevier survive on a day when Parsons said his team was noticeably off.
“This first day is a mental grind, you’ve got to be tough, and I didn’t think we were very tough. I thought mentally Juab was tougher than we were tonight,” said Parsons.
Despite holding Juab to just 42 points, Parsons was very critical of his defense and said it needs to be much better against Delta.
In the loss, Max Gurney added 17 points for the Wasps, with Rowley finishing with 11.