Foothill’s Collin Russell streaked down the right sideline Saturday and Dylan Hushaw hit him in stride with a game-winning bomb.
It wasn’t a touchdown pass, but the final inbound that allowed the Falcons to hang on for a 77-75 boys basketball victory over Timpanogos (Utah) in the Tarkanian Classic at Bishop Gorman.
“I knew they were going to gamble,” Foothill coach Paul DeSantis said. “I knew we were going to get one of those open. We just said whoever was open, we were just going to throw it up and worst comes to worst we tip the ball and the game’s over.”
The Timberwolves made things interesting down the stretch, and Colin Christensen hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two with two seconds remaining. Timpanogos called timeout, but Hushaw’s baseball pass allowed the Falcons to run out the clock.
Russell’s reception was far from his biggest contribution. Foothill led by 15 at one point in the second half before the Timberwolves began to chip away behind Matt Norman,who scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half.
But Russell hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to push the lead back to 72-65 with 2:31 to play.
“It was a dagger,” DeSantis said. “He puts in a lot of work and he comes through in big games for us a lot.”
Russell had 14 points and Hushaw scored 19. Jace Roquemore added 16 points and five assists, but his biggest contribution may have been rebounding. The 6-foot-5-inch senior had nine rebounds, eight coming in the second half.
“I’m really proud of him, because we’re asking him to do stuff he’s not used to doing,” DeSantis said. “He’s used to playing so much on the perimeter, but we don’t have a lot of size, so I’m asking him to get down there and get dirty.”
The Falcons play Timpview (Utah) for the Gatorade Division championship at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday at Gorman.
“They need the experience if they’re going to take it to the next level for what we want to do,” DeSantis said. “In order to learn how to be a champion, you’ve got to be playing on the big stage.”
Bishop Gorman 63, Sheldon (Calif.) 46 — At Gorman, Noah Taitz scored 20 points to lead to the win in the Platinum Division semifinals.
Will McClendon added 17 points for Gorman, which used a 3-point barrage in the second half to pull away.
The Gaels led 37-31 when McClendon hit a 3-pointer form the right corner to key a 15-2 run. Taitz and Chance Michels added corner 3-pointers during the run.
Isaiah Cottrell had eight rebounds and eight blocked shots for Gorman, which plays Rancho Christian (California) in the championship game at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday.
Xavior Brown led Sheldon with 12 points.
Coronado 83, Dillard (Fla.) 79 — At Gorman, Jaden Hardy scored all 10 of Coronado’s points in the second overtime to lift the Cougars to the win in the consolation bracket of the Platinum Divison.
Hardy was 10-for-10 from the foul line in the second overtime, and 15-for-17 from the line for the game. He finished with 33 points.
Richard Isaacs added 20 points and seven assists, and Tyrell Hunt had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars, who took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Hardy with 34 seconds to play.
Jalen Haynes led Dillard with 27 points and 12 rebounds. The Panthers took a 79-77 lead on a drive by Navar Maine with 1:16 to go. But Hardy hit two free throws to tie the game, then after a turnover, made two more foul shots to give Coronado the lead for good.
Hillcrest Academy (Ariz.) 70, Findlay Prep 61 — At Gorman, Dischon Thomas had 18 points and 11 rebounds to power the Bruins over the Pilots in the championship game of the National Division.
AnDrea Harris and Devan Cambridge each added 14 points, and National Division MVP Kyree Walker scored 13 for Hillcrest.
P.J. Fuller led Findlay Prep with 26 points and six rebounds. Raymond Hawkins added 10 pooints, and Blaise Beauchamp had nine points and five assists for the Pilots.
Liberty 83, Lincoln (Colo.) 73 — At Gorman, Julian Strawther had 35 points and nine rebounds, and the Patriots survived after their star forward fouled out to earn the victory in the Nike Division.
Strawther fouled out with 3:16 to play and Liberty leading 72-56.
Kobe Stroughter and Terrance Marigney each had 11 points in the second half for the Patriots. Marigney finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, and Stroughter had 13 points and four assists.
James Felton and Ty Foster each scored 22 for Lincoln.
Arbor View 79, Silverado 61 — At Coronado, Favor Chukwukelu scored 19 points to lead the Aggies past the Skyhawks in a Gatorade Division game.
Donovan Yap scored 13 points, Larry Holmes scored 11, and Michael Medlock added 10 points for the Aggies, who outscored the Skyhawks 43-30 in the second half.
Martell Williams scored a game-high 28 points to lead Silverado.
Jordan (Utah) 58, Centennial 56 — At Coronado, Dyson Koehler scored 29 points, including the game-winning basket, as the Beetdiggers rallied past the Bulldogs for a win in the Gatorade Division.
Nate Maiava added 12 points for the Beetdiggers, who trailed 35-29 at halftime.
Austin Anderson scored 13 points to lead the Bulldogs, and teammate Savio Rivera added 12 points.
Pasadena (Calif.) 70, Desert Pines 61 — At Coronado, Danny Pina scored 22 points to lead the Bulldogs past the Jaguars in the Gatorade Division.
Javon Jones and Roman Solomon each added 14 points for the Bulldogs, who made nine 3-pointers.
Dayshawn Wiley scored 19 points to lead the Jaguars.
Darnell Washington scored 17 points, and Milos Uzan added 10 points for Desert Pines.
Leuzinger (Calif.) 60, Durango 55 — At Coronado, Amoud Anderson scored 18 points as the Olympians held off the Trailblazers in the Gatorade Division.
Bryan Mex, who finished with 14 points, hit a 3-pointer to spark a 5-0 run that broke a 40-40 tie with 4:11 remaining in the game. Mex hit four 3-pointers in the second half to spark the Olympians, who trailed 27-24 at halftime.
Kelei Bishop added 12 points for Leuzinger.
Keshon Gilbert scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Trailblazers, and teammate Elijah Johnson added 13 points.
Del Sol 66, Juneau-Douglas (Alaska) 57 — At Coronado, Nati Asfaw scored 18 points to lead the Dragons past the Crimson Bears in the Orleans Division.
Kemani Wilks added 11 points for the Dragons, who led 37-28 at halftime.
Cooper Kreigmont scored 17 points to lead the Crimson Bears.
Mojave 64, Shadow Ridge 57 — At Faith Lutheran, Chris Jackson scored 19 to lead the Rattlers past the Mustangs in an Orleans Division game.
Damon McDowell scored 14 points, and A.J. Woods added 11 points for Mojave.
Josiah Cruz paced the Mustangs with 15 points, and teammate Garin MacFarlane scored 14.
Edge School (Canada) 48, Valley 41 — At Coronado, Garrett Procee scored 18 points to lead the Mountaineers past the Vikings in an Orleans Division game.
Noah Brisebois added 15 points for the Mountaineers, who connected on nine 3-pointers.
Daveon Hemphill scored 11 points to lead the Vikings, and teammate Andre Jones added 10 points.
Payson (Utah) 55, Bonanza 43 — At Faith Lutheran, Samuel Mitchell scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in the first half to help the Lions build a 28-16 halftime lead and never look back en route to a win in the Orleans Division.
Logan Sorensen scored 15, and Kade Rowley added 11 points for Payson.
Joseph Brooks led the Bengals with 10 points.
Bonanza 77, San Bernardino (Calif.) 59 — At Faith Lutheran, Kendell Burrell poured in 25 points as the Bengals topped the Cardinals in the Eastbay Division.
Kadin Warner scored 14, Baylee Osborne had 12 points and Trent Savage added 11 points for Bonanza.
Trayvon Davis led the Cardinals with 16 points.
Spanish Fork (Utah) 57, Western 23 — At Coronado, Hunter Nielson scored 14 points to lead the Dons in a rout of the Warriors in the Orleans Division.
Morley Bennett added nine points for the Dons, who led 39-11 at halftime.
Gawain Powell scored nine points to lead the Warriors.
Basic 54, North Eugene (Ore.) 47 — At Coronado, Joseph Ramirez scored 16 points to lead the Wolves past the Highlanders in the Orleans Division.
Demetrius Vigil scored 12 points, and Kalauni Keyes scored 11 points for the Wolves, who led 32-23 at halftime.
Cameron Parks scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Highlanders.
Lee (Ala.) 76, Legacy 69 — At Faith Lutheran, Tyreese Smith drained five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Generals past the Longhorns in an Eastbay Division game.
Zyan Green added 17 points, Jacari Lane scored 13 and Kobe Brown chipped in 10 points for Lee.
Andrew Garcia scored 16 points to lead Legacy. Emmanuel Austin had 15 points, and Rayshon Funches and Shamir Chambers each scored 13 for the Longhorns.
C.I. Gibson (Bahamas) 55, Las Vegas 51 — At Faith Lutheran, Chad Smith poured in 27 points as the Rattlers erased a six-point halftime deficit en route to the win over the Wildcats in the Eastbay Division.
Katrell Wallace and Isaiah Sem each scored 14 for Las Vegas, and teammate Tavionte Jackson added 12 points.
Green Valley 74, Palo Verde 67 — At Faith Lutheran, Zachary Hammer scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as the Gators crept past the Panthers in an Eastbay Division game.
Antoine Hines added 21 points for Green Valley.
Drew Warnick had 18 points to lead Palo Verde. Connor Peterson and Caden Loerwald added 17 and 12 points, respectively, for the Panthers.
Fairmont Prep (Calif.) 59, Faith Lutheran 56 — At Faith Lutheran, Atin Wright led all scorers with 30 points, while the Huskies held off the Crusaders’ second-half rally for a win in the Eastbay Division.
Kofi Aboagye added 12 for Fairmont Prep.
Brevin Walter and Sedrick Hammond each scored 15, and teammate Donavan Jackson added 11 points for the Crusaders.
Salem Hills (Utah) 64, Cheyenne 53 — At Faith Lutheran, David Jones scored 19 points to lead the Skyhawks by the Desert Shields in an Eastbay Division game.
Ty Bailey scored 13, and Carson Peterson added 10 points for Salem Hills.
Glenn Taylor led Cheyenne with 19, and teammates Tommie Lindsey and J.D. McCormick each added 10 points.
Rangeview (Colo.) 73, Democracy Prep 44 — At Desert Oasis, Quincey Jewett had 23 points as the Raiders routed the Blue Knights in the Select Division.
Jodaun Dotson hit four 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Rangeview.
Najeeb Muhammad paced Democracy Prep with 15 points, and Daniel Plumer added 11 points for the Blue Knights.
Denver East (Colo.) 78, Desert Oasis 75 — At Faith Lutheran, Caulen Swain scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to help the Angels hold off a late rally by the Diamondbacks in the Select Division.
Denver East’s Rashawn Wilson led the team with 20 points, and Kwane Marble added 15 points.
Desert Oasis’ Dominique Ford led all scorers with 35, and teammate Nate Van had 16 points.
Desert Vista (Ariz.) 73, Desert Oasis 65 — At Desert Oasis, Jackson Risi led the Thunder with 23 points as they took down the Diamondbacks in the Select Division.
Desert Vista’s Andrew King also scored 15 points.
Ford led all scorers with 25 points, and Van scored 14 points for Desert Oasis.
Grant (Ore.) 80, Spring Valley 51 — At Desert Oasis, Aaron Deloney scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half as the Generals beat the Diamondbacks in the Select Division.
Deloney hit four 3-pointers in the first half to lead Grant to a 39-27 halftime advantage. The Generals hit 13 3-pointers in the game, and all five starters scored in double figures.
Ty Rankn added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Grant.
A’mari James led Spring Valley with 13 points and three assists. Jahlani Blair added 10 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots for the Grizzlies.
Spring Valley 79, Democracy Prep 72 — At Desert Oasis, Blair had 25 points and 12 rebounds to help the Grizzlies storm back from a 37-27 halftime deficit and top the Blue Knights in overtime in the Select Division.
James added 13 points and eight assists, and Chazman Penro and James Webster each scored 12 for Spring Valley.
Chancellor Johnson paced Democracy Prep with 21 points. Justous Harvey scored 19, Plumer 18 and Elijah Barnes 11 for Democracy Prep.