LOGAN— In an arena packed to the brim with Sky View and Logan fans, Logan’s Taylor Compton hit a 3-pointer as time expired to cap off a crazy comeback as the Grizzlies upset the Bobcats, 74-73.
Compton paced the Grizzlies with 23 points, while Logan’s Dallin Dahl and Luke Falk added 17 and 11 points, respectively. Sky View was led by Jalen Moore’s 24 points while Ty Nielsen chipped in 21 more for the Bobcats. Logan led only twice during the game, on the opening possession and at the final buzzer.
“What a great win for our program. The greatest one I’ve ever been a part of here at Logan High,” Grizzly head coach Logan Brown said. “I’m just so proud of our guys. They stepped up there at the end. We hadn’t had the lead in forever, but we had it when it counted. Just so proud of our guys for doing what they did and just sticking in there until the end. I just can’t say enough about them.”
Sky View grabbed an early lead and was in control for much of the first half. The Grizzlies made enough plays to keep the Bobcats from getting too far ahead and found themselves trailing Sky View 34-33 at the half.
The second half started with an emphatic dunk by Moore off a Sky View set play. The energy from that play continued throughout the third quarter, as the Bobcats extended their lead to 10 after Nielsen made a layup as the horn sounded to end the quarter. The Bobcats outscored the Grizzlies 21-12 in the third period.
“We looked each other in the eye and we knew it was time to go,” Compton said. “We didn’t have a lot of time left and we were down by a bunch. We just brought it together as a team. It was a team effort and we’re fortunate to get a win here tonight.”
Logan started the fourth quarter with a quick five-point run to cut Sky View’s lead in half. A bucket by Dahl with 51 seconds left brought Logan within three points. Then with only 13 seconds left on the clock, Compton made his first of back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Logan within two.
“I’m just so proud of the kids because they are the ones who stepped up to win this game,” Brown said. “They are the ones that made the adjustments and mental adjustments to stick it out, to stay tough, to stick through the adversity and weather the storm. I think the biggest thing is to just keep grinding. We just keep grinding and doing what we are doing. Take it one possession at a time and have faith in what you’re doing. We just stick to the plan, stick to the game plan. We let the kids do what they’ve been coached to do all week. The kids went out and did it.”
With 11 seconds left and leading 73-71, Sky View’s Braxton Godderidge missed two free throws. Logan advanced the ball quickly down the court, and Compton found himself with it in his hands at the top of the key. He released the ball and it found the bottom of the net as the final buzzer sounded. The 3-pointer was his third in the fourth quarter alone.
“Time was winding down and we ran a play that we practice every day in practice,” Compton said. “I pulled up and I’m just grateful it just happened to go in for me tonight.”
After the shot dropped, the fans stormed the court sending the refs and the Sky View team quickly to the locker rooms.
“When I looked in their eyes at the timeouts you could see they wanted it. They still knew they could do it,” Brown said. “Taylor Compton hit that shot at the end and that takes guts. He’s a gutsy kid. It couldn’t happen to a better person.”