Draper • Sophomore Gabe Colosimo did everything he could to will Juan Diego past rival Judge Memorial.
But the Bulldogs boys' basketball team had just enough to hold on for the 59-58 win Tuesday.
Colosimo banked home a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get within two with 4.1 seconds left, one of five treys in the game.
"We chased [Colosimo] off the 3-point line, but he still was able to hurt us,"Judge's Ryan Pauley said. "I'm glad we were able to pull it off in the end."
But Judge's Kaden Elliss sank two free throws to push Judge's lead to four points. The Bulldogs needed both free throws because Jessie Springer nailed a 3-pointer from the corner just before the final buzzer sounded.
"I don't think we defended them badly," Judge coach Dan Del Porto said. "The real difference in this game was Gabe. That was one of the better performances I've seen this year."
The Bulldogs owned the Eagles by 26 points with Colosimo scoring only eight points in the rivals' first encounter of the season Jan. 15. Colosimo kept Juan Diego in the game until the last seconds in Tuesday's rematch. He finished with 33 points.
"He's a rhythm shooter," Judge's Terrell Young said about Colosimo. "You see him hitting those shots and you know he can just feel them going in"
The Bulldogs grabbed a five-point lead at halftime thanks in large part to Pauley. The 6-foot-4 junior scored 12 points for the Bulldogs before the intermission. His two 3-pointers in the game were impressive, but batting down big shots under the rim gave Judge the advantage going in at halftime.
"We were playing help defense, and I just jumped and swatted at the right time," Pauley said about his two blocks.
Pauley finished with a team-high 20 points.