Mathews beats the buzzer for Desert Hills over Dixie

Mathews beats the buzzer for Desert Hills over Dixie


Mathews beats the buzzer for Desert Hills over Dixie


Desert Hills invaded Dixie in a good ol’ fashion Region 9 donnybrook and won in the most Southern Utah way possible.

Dixie’s Tyler Bennett missed the back end of two free throws after tying the game at 54 on the first one. The ball ended up in the hands of Quincy Mathews with 7.9 seconds remaining.

The Thunder (5-2, 2-0) set up a screen to get Mathews to the hoop, but he decided to go iso against Izaic Blazzard, instead. Blazzard kept Mathews from getting to the rim, so Mathews stepped back and launched a shot from mid range. It sailed up and in, the clock hitting zeroes to give Desert Hills the 56-54 win.

“I don’t think I’m going to sleep tonight, honestly,” Mathews said. “I’ve had a couple game winners, but nothing in region play.”

The Thunder student section stormed The Hangar court to celebrate with Mathews. Following the celebration with high-fives galore, one of the boys from the student section said, “I might never wash this hand again.”

A timeout was called before Bennett shot his free throws with the Flyers trailing by one. In the timeout, Desert Hills coach Wade Turley told Mathews not to call a timeout if Bennett missed the second free throw. If he made both free throws to give Dixie the lead, then the Thunder could call for time.

Instead, Mathews got a chance to bring the ball down and win the game.

“I was planning on going to the hole, but I guess a jump shot works,” said Mathews, who finished the game with 18 points.

Turley said Mathews made a big-time play, hitting the jump shot when the screen didn’t develop to get him into the lane.

Blazzard did everything he could, Dixie coach Ryan Cuff said, but Mathews did what star players do.

“Izaic did a great job on him all night, and it was a great shot,” Cuff said. “You can’t block (Mathews’ shot) because he’s too tall. Credit goes to him for making that play.”

Neither team led by more than seven points all game, which Desert Hills did twice. It all came down to the final minutes — like basically every Region 9 game ever played.

Austin Adams snagged a rebound and put the ball back in for a layup on a miss from Mathews to give Desert Hills a 50-45 lead. Dixie’s RJ Wilgar kept the Flyers in it with his 3-point shooting. He hit one from the wing after the five-point deficit to make the score 50-48. Wilgar made three buckets from behind the arc, scoring 16 points in all.

Dixie (5-2, 1-1) got the ball back when Bennett snagged a rebound and went coast-to-coast, trailed closely by Mathews, who slapped the ball away on Bennett’s layup attempt. The referees called Mathews for goaltending, which tied the game at 50. Dixie’s Bennett led all scorers with 22 points.

Desert Hills opened the game with a 7-0 lead when finally Bennett scored on a contested layup. With just three made buckets in the first quarter for the Flyers, they trailed by just three points going into the second quarter.

The two squads played neck and neck from then on out.

Both teams will now play in the Coach Walker Holiday Classic at Burns Arena. Dixie faces Viewmont on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. Desert Hills plays against Manti at 6:45 p.m.






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