OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - For the first time in 19 years, the Sky View Bobcats can call themselves state champs.
Trailing by as many as nine points in the first half, Utah State commit Jalen Moore led a comeback over Mountain Crest to win the 4A state championship, 56-50.
"I'm just so proud of our team," said Moore, who hit a half-court double overtime buzzer-beater Friday night in the semifinals against Bountiful. "We worked so hard to get here. Everyday we grinded it out in practice. We knocked off some tough teams along the way, but we got it done."
For much of the game, it looked like Mountain Crest was going to beat Sky View for the third time this season, but Moore and unheralded star Matt Dewey led the charge in the 4th quarter as the Bobcats outscored the Mustangs 18-10. Dewey scored 8 of his 13 points in the final period.
"We wanted to go out there and beat them because we were 0-2 this season against them," said Ty Nielson, who scored 9 points in the win. "We knew if we saw them in the state championship game, we'd get them. And we got them, baby, we got them!"
Tyler Crosbie led Mountain Crest with 21 points, while Faimifili Laulu-Pututau scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Sky View finished third in its region and was just 15-8 headed into the playoffs. But after beating higher seeded teams like Timpview, Olympus, Bountiful and Mountain Crest, the Bobcats are champs.
"It's amazing," said Moore. "I've never felt this way before. I don't know what I'm going to do, but I'll find something fun to do tonight. I'll remember this moment forever."