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Canyon boys basketball: Quant beats buzzer and Ravens

Cowboys guard makes up for missed free throw by making the biggest shot of his career

Posted: February 17, 2010 11:17 p.m.
Updated: February 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Canyon guard Kris Quant hadn't hit a field goal all Wednesday evening.

But with one second left in overtime and the Cowboys tied with Vista del Lago at 55, Quant's team gave him the ball.

The senior hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Canyon the 58-55 win, keeping the Cowboys alive after the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.

"There's nobody I'd rather have take that shot," said Canyon head coach Chad Phillips.

Just 19 seconds earlier, Quant had missed a free throw with a 55-52 lead and a chance to put the game out of reach.

Leaving the door open, the Ravens (14-10) came back with a huge 3-pointer by Dharion Tanner to tie the game.

"I figured we would go into double overtime and I could settle the kids down," said Vista del Lago head coach Neal Lemuel. "Instead, he just shot and it went in."

Quant, who averages seven points per game, was 0-for-3 for the night.

"The game's not over until the last buzzer," Quant said. "I had to come through for my team."

Canyon's Wesley Bartole hit a 3-pointer early to spark a 15-1 run and give the Cowboys a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Cowboys (19-8) led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter, but the Ravens were able to battle back into the game and tied the score at 26 on a 3-pointer by Josh Bundy with less than two minutes left in the first half.

Vista del Lago outscored Canyon 20-14 in the second quarter and trailed by just two points at halftime.

"We had a lot of mental errors," Phillips said. "I think fatigue set in."

In the third quarter, the lead changed four times and the score was tied three times as Vista del Lago took a 43-41 lead into the fourth.

The Ravens' Marcus Johnson drove inside for a layup and extended the lead to four points at 45-41, Vista del Lago's biggest lead of the night.

"We got complacent and we paid for it," Bartole said.

Canyon recaptured the lead when Bartole fed a cutting Coley Apsay, who put in the layup to move the Cowboys ahead 46-45.

Canyon was able to extend the lead to five points, but the Ravens' Corey Glassford hit a 3-pointer with a minute left and Bundy hit two free throws to tie the game at 50 at the end of regulation.

Bartole led all scorers with 29 points. Brian Nnaoji scored nine points.

Isaiah Como led the Ravens with 14 points, followed by Johnson with 12 points.

Canyon will play either Katella or Canyon of Anaheim on Friday.


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