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4A boys' basketball: Corner Canyon turns tide in fourth quarter to top Maple Mountain

Published March 3, 2017 6:22 pm

4A boys' basketball • Corner Canyon rides big momentum shift into semifinal round.
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Ogden • It wasn't looking good for Corner Canyon.

The Chargers just had surrendered a 9-2 run to Maple Mountain.

They were down eight points in the fourth quarter.

Then they went on a run of their own.

And quickly regained momentum.

When sophomore John Mitchell was on target with a 3-pointer with 1 minute, 54 seconds left in the game, Corner Canyon had its lead back, and the Chargers held on for a 69-67 victory in a Class 4A boys' basketball quarterfinal.

"Whoever is open hits it. You've just got to trust the teammates that whoever has it will hit the shot," said Mitchell, who characterized himself as the guy "at the end of the bench who never played" only a year ago.

Mitchell only had hit 2 of his 10 attempts from the field when Corner Canyon (17-7) started its 11-2 run that ended with Mitchell's trey and a 66-65 lead with 1:54 left. But Mitchell scored six of those 11 points.

"More than a little frustrating," said Maple Mountain coach Johnny Averett about the momentum shift midway through the fourth quarter. "This is the kind of loss that'll really haunt you forever because you know you had it. All you had to do was hold the ball because they're gonna foul you.

"We coughed it up again and again and again. And forced some bad shots, which gave them opportunities."

Maple Mountain (17-7) had a chance to regain the lead, but Tyler Boyack missed a shot with 23 seconds left.

Corner Canyon's Ammon Jensen sunk a pair of free throws for a 3-point lead with 11 seconds left then teammate Michael Scheffner hit 1 of 2 from the line with 6 ticks remaining after he stepped in front of a Golden Eagles pass to thwart Maple Mountain's chance to tie.

The Eagles got a putback score at the buzzer, but the disappointment already had begun to set in.

Boyack led Maple Mountain with 16 points, while Dawson Beutler hauled in 18 rebounds for the Eagles.

Jensen tallied 16 points, while Zachary Wilson scored 14 points in the win.

"We challenged them to believe, and they stepped up in the end to make plays," Chargerscoach Dan Lunt said after leading his team to the first semifinal berth in school history. "We got some steals and turnovers, which led to some scores because we were pretty stagnant offensively. We struggled offensively. We just found a way to get it done when we needed to, thank goodness." —

Corner Canyon 69, Maple Mountain 67

R Corner Canyon reels off an 11-2 run after Maple Mountain starts the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run.

• Corner Canyon, which handed Olympus one of its two losses, faces the Titans in the semifinals.

• Ammon Savage scores 16 to lead Corner Canyon.






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