Saturday’s 4A regional championship game was full of emotions and plenty of drama, and in the end Bishop Manogue came out on top of Spanish Springs 42-40 to claim the regional title.
In front of a packed gym in Carson City, the Cougs struggled in the early part of the game and fell behind 29-15 at halftime. But as expected, they got off the mat and came out swinging in the second half and eventually took a late 40-38 lead in the final minute.
However, with 16 seconds left in the game, Manogue senior Kolton Frugoli hit a pair of free throws to tie the game and then forced a turnover on the other end to get the ball back. With a little over two seconds to play, Frugoli hit a jumper as time expired to win the regional championship for his team.
Despite the loss, the Cougs still advanced to the state tournament in Las Vegas this week.
Leo Grass finished with 16 points for Spanish Springs and DJ Panfili had seven.
Friday night, Grass scored 20 and Mason Whittaker 14 in a 51-44 win over No. 2 seed Galena.
Whittaker led the way with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the quarterfinal opening win against Damonte Ranch last Tuesday, 67-41.
Spanish Springs is set to play Arbor View tonight in the opening round of the state tournament at 4:45 p.m. in Las Vegas on the campus of Arbor View. The winner will play Bishop Gorman tomorrow night at the Orleans Arena at 6:30 p.m.
On the other side of the bracket, Bishop Manogue awaits the winner of tonight’s game between Desert Pines and Clark. The championship game is set for Friday at the Orleans at 8:10 p.m.
Reed falls in semis
Reed had its season ended in heartbreaking fashion Thursday after losing at the buzzer to Bishop Manogue, 43-41.
Tied at 41 in the final seconds, the Miners missed a pair of shots before Josh Rolling grabbed a rebound for Bishop Manogue and made a layup as time expired in the 4A regional semifinals.
The game was back and forth throughout and featured five lead changes in the fourth quarter alone.
Reed was without its 6-4 senior Matt Williams who had injured his ankle late in the regular season.
The boys handled Douglas in the quarterfinal game last Tuesday, 77-56.
The Raiders finished the season 22-4 overall.