Lehi • This roughly basketball custom is one thing citizens within the northern phase of Orem may just get used to.
The Timpanogos Timberwolves have wrapped up a region name for a 2d yr in a row after twenty years of taking a look on the boys’ basketball region standings from under.
That’s with every week, together with two extra league video games, left within the common season.
Timpanogos, ranked 2d in Class 5A, achieved that by means of pulling away past due from Skyridge for a 62-53 victory.
“You have to give credit to Skyridge. We had ‘em down eight or 10 closing the first half, and they went on a [13-0] run and really kind of punched us in the face right there,” mentioned Timberwolves senior Derik Eaquinto, who led his group with 22 issues. “We knew at halftime that we were going to have to battle with them. We did just enough.”
The sport was once tied at 51-51 when Colin Christensen canned a baseline Three-pointer with four:20 ultimate to put Timpanogos (16-6, Eight-Zero) in entrance for just right within the Region Eight contest.
After Skyridge (12-Nine, Five-Three) failed to ranking, a using layup by means of Matt Norman gave the Timberwolves a 56-51 lead with 2:45 left. Norman scored all 8 of his issues within the fourth quarter.
The visiting Falcons, led by means of 22 issues from Ryan Reid, stayed inside of a unmarried ownership when Trevon Snoody hit an Eight-foot jumper.
But that’s when Timpanogos did two issues to put the sport below wraps First, the Timberwolves effectively fed on greater than a minute at the clock, and when the ownership in spite of everything ended, it was once Tyler Walker who noticed a gap to the basket for a layup and a 58-53 lead with 1:13 left.
“What we want to do when it [the clock] is down like that and we’ve got a three-point lead, we’re trying to get a wide-open 3 or a wide-open layup,” Eaquinto mentioned. “Or make them foul us. We don’t take any contested shots and make sure we get points out of it.”
The sport began with Skyridge making a couple of technical unfastened throws, awarded as a result of Timpanogos’ scorebook wasn’t in a position at sport time.
The Falcons, after falling in the back of 31-22 within the 3rd quarter, put in combination a 13-Zero run, together with 8 issues from Reid, for a 35-31 merit. But Timpanogos were given an extended Three-pointer from the highest of the important thing by means of Walker with 27 seconds left prior to part to trim the deficit to some extent.
“They had one winning season in 20 years. And we get here and the players have really bought into our season,” mentioned Timberwolves trainer Izzy Ingle, now in his fourth yr, together with 3 with a successful file.
Walker completed with 12 issues to complement Eaquinto’s productiveness. Eaquinto, additionally a celebrity pitcher for the varsity’s baseball group, was once the tallest participant at the courtroom for the house group.
At the top, he additionally was once filling the position because the group’s level guard.
“He’s the biggest competitor I’ve ever met in my life,” Ingle mentioned about Eaquinto. “I really feel like if anybody thought they could tie their shoes faster than him, he would die trying to prove them wrong.”
TIMPANOGOS 62, SKYRIDGE 53
• Timpanogos wraps up the Region Eight name with the win.
• Derik Eaquinto leads the Timberwolves with 22 issues whilst Tyler Walker provides 12.
• Skyridge Five-foot-Nine senior guard Ryan Reid additionally finishes with 22 issues.