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SALT LAKE CITY — The nightcap Thursday evening proved to be the sweetest of all the 5A quarterfinal games.
With three-time defending state champion Lone Peak facing upstart Bingham, it was expected to be another chance for Lone Peak to flex its considerable muscle. Instead, the Knights had to fight for their lives before escaping the Huntsman Center with an 82-79 double-overtime victory over Bingham.
Bingham led after the first quarter, and trailed by three at half. However, Lone Peak began to exert itself in the third quarter, with the Knights leading 52-44 going the fourth quarter. That’s when the Miners took their key, outscoring Lone Peak 23-15 to force overtime.
One overtime was not enough to find a winner, as both teams scored eight points. Bingham had a shot to win the game at the end of the first overtime, but the shot rattled out. The second overtime belonged to Lone Peak as the Knights put the ball in the hands of TJ Haws to ice the game.
Lone Peak advances to a 5A semifinal game with Davis.
The Knights scored 28 points off Bingham turnovers, a statistic that proved crucial. Meanwhile, the Miners bench players outscored Lone Peak’s bench 23-2.
Haws led all scorers with 42 points, while Bingham was led by Yoeli Childs with 22 points. Childs also grabbed 17 rebounds. Other notable scoring performances included Kyle Gearig’s 19 points for Bingham and Frank Jackson’s 20 points for Lone Peak.
The Knights advance to face Davis in a 5A semifinal game Friday at the Huntsman Center.
Bingham finishes its first season under rookie coach Jake Schroeder with a record of 12-10.