Senior guard Hayden Bishop took the ball, picked up a screen at midcourt and drove through an open lane for a layup with 1.7 seconds left to give his team the lead.
But Scottsdale Chaparral couldn’t breathe easy until it watched Drew Bender’s three-quarters-court desperation heave bounce off the front of the rim as time expired.
Chaparral’s 68-66 Division I, Section III boys basketball victory Friday night came a day after losing to Phoenix Brophy Prep. It was Chaparral’s third game this week.
Pinnacle (10-6) was playing for the first time since Dec.29.
“We wanted to extend them,” Chaparral coach Dan Peterson said about the winning play. “We had everybody back. We sent Brandon (Hoffer) to the corner as a decoy. I said, ‘Hayden, do what you do best. Get it to the basket.'”
Chaparral (14-4), which built an early lead on the strength of big men Joe Boyd and Eric Conklin, rallied from a 63-57 deficit with two minutes left, as the little guys took over.
Hoffer converted a three-point play, Shane Cooper made a free throw, and Troy Conley drilled a 3-pointer from the corner with 48 seconds left, giving Chaparral their first lead of the half 64-63.
After Hoffer extended Chaparral’s lead to three with 22 seconds left, Trey Ingram spotted up from behind the arc and nailed a 3 to tie the game 66-66 with eight seconds left.
Peterson designed the winning play during a timeout.
“Once before, in a JV game against St.Mary’s, I had a game-winner like that,” Bishop said. “We knew we weren’t going to beat them like the last time and win by 30. We knew it would be a battle.”
Pinnacle fought back from a nine-point deficit in the second quarter behind Bender, who was still nursing a high-ankle sprain suffered just before Christmas at a tournament in Las Vegas.
Bender, who had 23 points, made a fallaway 3 as time expired in the half to give his team a 37-36 lead.
Bender converted a four-point play after making a 3 and hit another 3 in the third quarter.
“That’s one of the best games I’ve been part of,” Peterson said. “They shot lights out.
“Hey, if that goes in, if he hits that, that’s what high school basketball is all about.”