Prep basketball: Trojans’ Miles breaks Scots’ hearts at buzzer

Jan 25 2013 - 11:05pm

MORGAN -- Ben Lomond had the perfect game plan against the high scoring Morgan Trojans. The Scots slowed the game way down, only shooting when necessary, and playing intense defense. Virtually every shot the Trojans took was with a hand in their face.

The plan worked brilliantly for 31 minutes.

With barely a minute left on the clock, Morgan's Matt Murdock nailed a jumper from the corner to finally tie the game at 41-41. Following a Scots turnover, Morgan worked the clock down for the final shot. After a brief timeout with 10 seconds left, Miles broke free at the top of the key and let it fly. The 3-pointer hit nothing but net with 1.8 seconds to go to lift the Trojans to a thrilling 44-41 win.

It was Miles' only 3-pointer of the night and his clutch shot gave Morgan its first lead since 6-4, early in the first quarter.

"My intention was to try and go out and get something easy," Miles said. "But he stepped really far off me and I put it up and luckily it went in. I love playing in big games and taking big shots. I thrive for that moment."

Miles' shot was immediately followed by a massive celebration at midcourt. The Scots had given all they had and it was everything Morgan could do to overcome a seven-point deficit with less than four minutes to play.

"Ben Lomond played a great game," Morgan coach Jim Wiscombe said. "They played their hearts out. A lot of credit to them. They played well, they played hard, and they played intelligently. A game like that is great for us to get us ready for tough state games."

Miles topped Morgan with 17 points, but had just two at halftime -- on a shot with one second left in the second quarter. Ben Lomond's Trey Scott didn't score a single point, but his defense against Miles was outstanding.

"Trey is probably our best perimeter defender," Scots coach Ryan Wilcox said. "When we play Ogden he guards (Spencer) Smith, when we play Bear River he guards (Wade) Miller, and when we play Morgan he guards Miles. Every night he's guarding the best player on the floor for the other team."

Lantzen Toomer added eight points for league-leading Morgan (9-0 in Region 11, 16-2 overall) and Bridger Streadbeck chipped in with six. Ben Saunders, fresh off the bench, also came up with a pair of critical free throws with 2:02 to play to narrow the Scots' lead to two points.

"When they see the box score, everyone's going to see that I hit a buzzer-beater," Miles said. "But the big shots were Ben's free throws and Matt's corner shot. If it wasn't for those shots, we wouldn't have won the game."

For the Scots (6-3, 10-9), nearly everything went according to plan, but in the fourth quarter they went just 12-for-20 from the free throw line and had two very costly turnovers in the final minute and a half.

"We missed some front ends of one-and-ones and guys who are shooting 80 percent on the year were missing free throws," Wilcox said. "And then turnovers. In close games, those are the two things you need to do -- take care of the ball and make free throws. Especially when you're ahead."

Sterling Brandley scored 15 points to lead Ben Lomond, while Josh Hardin added 13. Sage Eastburn contributed nine for the Scots, who didn't use a single substitute in the game.

In another Region 11 contest, Tooele defeated Stansbury 46-41.

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