Carson White nails buzzer-beater 3 to lift Ogden over rival Ben Lomond

Friday , January 19, 2018 - 9:53 PM

CHAD PRITCHETT, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

OGDEN — Carson White couldn’t have picked a more opportune time to find his shooting stroke.

The senior hit a pair of 3-point shots in the final 14 seconds, including a game-winning swish racing down the court at the buzzer that rallied the Tigers back from an eight-point deficit with under two minutes to play register a 39-37 win over rival Ben Lomond.

“I’ve hit some game winners to go up, not at the buzzer though,” White said. “When (Ben Lomond) went to the foul line (with 5.2 seconds to play) and I saw that we were only down one, I knew that if I get the ball, once I got a good shot, I’m pulling up. I was feeling good and had some rhythm.”

Outside of the final play drama, the contest was filled with turnovers, sloppy play, fouls and poor shooting — yet it was scrappy and competitive as it always seems to be with the cross-town rivals. Even the combined 4-23 record of the two squads couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the spirited crowd.

“It honestly was a dream,” White said. “We couldn’t have done it without the student section, especially against B.L. because, obviously, we don’t like them and they don’t like us, so it’s that much better to beat them.

“They’re going to bring it every time we play them. That’s the game they want ... Credit to them for going up, but we were able to fight back.”

Ben Lomond finished the night shooting 29.8 percent and shot 3 of 21 from behind the arc and 6 of 18 from the foul line, yet led late in the game.

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For their part, the Tigers struggled mightily on offensive, too. Ogden didn’t score in the fourth quarter until less than three minutes were left, as Ben Lomond’s 29-27 lead blossomed to 34-27.

Titus Hughes put the Scots up 36-28 with 2:32 to play, an advantage they held until the final 100 seconds.

Down the stretch, everything that could go wrong for the Scots did go wrong. They turned the ball over, missed a layup and bricked free throws that could have sealed the win, including a pair with four seconds left.

“It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s exhausting,” Ogden coach Shawn MacQueen said. “I feel bad. I have a ton of respect for (Kable) Smith and what he does with his kids at Ben Lomond. In a situation like that, with the fans rushing the court, you don’t get to tell him thanks and congratulate him on a great game, so we’ll be sure to go talk to him.

“These are games that you coach for and play for. These rivalries are just awesome. It’s Ben Lomond-Ogden. A great atmosphere and a great game.”

With eight fourth-quarter points, White dropped in a game-high 14 points. Teammate Austin Richards scored nine on three treys, while Keon Berghout recorded eight, including a pair of two-handed dunks.

The Scots were paced by 12 points from sophomore Garet Rentmeister, while Sudan Puk and Stephen Watson each scored eight.

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