In a win and you’re in situation Friday night, the Carbon Dinos rallied from nine down in the fourth quarter to stun the Juab Wasps on a last second layup from Jamin Jensen, winning the game 53-51.
With the win, the Dinos clinched a playoff spot in next week’s 3A Playoffs. Had Carbon lost, it would have been eliminated from playoff contention.
With a Canyon View win over Richfield Friday night, along with the Dinos’ win, a three-way tie occurred between Carbon, North Sanpete (idle) and Richfield. A coin flip took place after the game and Carbon landed with the third seed out of Region 12. North Sanpete was awarded the second and Richfield the fourth.
With a playoff spot on the line for both teams, Carbon and Juab went back and forth in the first quarter, exchanging leads a handful of times. The Wasps, though, took the 14-11 lead at the end of one.
Gage Daugherty tied the game up at 14 with a three at the 6:45 mark. Jensen connected on one of his threes at the 4:45 mark to get the lead back for Carbon, 17-16. Another three for Carbon, this time by Chase Morgan at the 2:47 mark, gave the Dinos their largest lead of the game, 22-18, before finishing the half up just a point, 26-25.
A five point third quarter nearly doomed Carbon, who trailed by nine, 39-30, at the end of the third quarter.
The Dinos chipped at the lead for most of the fourth but just couldn’t get close enough to reclaim the lead. Derek Hillam hit a three at the 2:08 mark to get Carbon within two, 49-47, before Jensen tied the game at 51 all with two free throws with just 59 seconds remaining in the game. A Juab player drew a foul on the Wasps’ next possession but failed to convert on either free throw to give the Dinos the ball with 50 seconds left.
After a timeout and running some 20 seconds off the clock, Quinton made his move in the paint but slipped, luckily keeping his pivot foot. With nowhere to go he dished it off to Jensen out beyond the three-point line, who made a move to his right, around and past his defender, left around another Wasp in the paint and made the reverse layup with just a second left of the clock. Juab was unable to get a shot off in time, ending in the 53-51 win.
Jensen and Quinton both poured in 19 points. Jensen nailed three 3-pointers in the game as well. Morgan was next with five points.
Four seniors were also honored prior to the game. Quinton, Daugherty, Jensen and Morgan all played in their final home game of their high school careers.
Carbon will travel to take on Tooele Friday in the first round of the 3A Playoffs.
Watch highlights of the game below, including the final sequence of the game: