Future Utes stage a thriller as Matt Van Komen’s Vikings top Rylan Jones’ Titans 61-60

Future Utes stage a thriller as Matt Van Komen’s Vikings top Rylan Jones’ Titans 61-60

Inside the coming years, when Matt Van Komen and Rylan Jones are participating in for Utah, Good Grove guard Kael Mikkelsen will have in mind making the worthwhile basket within the one sport the long run Utes carried out in the direction of each other in highschool.

Mikkelsen’s driving layup on the buzzer Tuesday night gave the Vikings a 61-60 victory at Olympus, after Van Komen and Jones contributed to five lead modifications inside the ultimate 70 seconds.

The Titans went 27-Zero ultimate season, nonetheless the defending Class 5A state champions’ worthwhile streak didn’t carry over to 2018-19. Even after shedding to ultimate season’s 6A runner-up, though, Jones graciously said he “couldn’t ask for a higher sport to start my senior season.”

That’s on account of he solely might admire how Mikkelsen matched him by delivering two baskets inside the ultimate 14 seconds — “a case of good avid gamers making good performs,” Jones said.

“For those who’ve obtained Rylan Jones on the alternative aspect, you’re certainly not cozy,” said PG coach Randy McAllister, who moreover marveled about Mikkelsen’s clutch performs. Mikkelsen may certainly not have been in that place if not for Kawika Akina’s being sidelined with a broken hand and Casey Brown’s having fouled out, nonetheless he obtained right here by way of.

Jones and Van Komen signed two weeks previously as part of Utah’s class of 2019 that options Finnish forward Mikael Jantunen.

Jones, Olympus’ 6-foot-1 guard, scored 26 elements and teammate Jeremy DowDell added 21. Jones’ pull-up shot inside the lane and his driving layup gave the Titans two leads inside the ultimate 33 seconds. Van Komen, Good Grove’s 7-4 center, made his largest have an effect on inside the fourth quarter. He scored 9 of his 19 elements inside the closing interval, whereas blocking Jones’ shot (one amongst his four blocks). Van Komen’s Three-point play gave the Vikings their first lead of the second half at 57-56 with 1:09 to play.

That’s when points started getting crazy.

Jones missed a Three-pointer, with Van Komen rebounding the ball. Jones then stole the ball near midcourt, wheeled and drove into the lane for a go-ahead jumper. After the Vikings misplaced the ball by means of a charging foul with 21 seconds left, Olympus wanted to in-bound the ball thrice. Good Grove saved fouling, with the Titans not however inside the bonus. The third time, Olympus couldn’t get the ball to Jones, as Mikkelsen remodeled his steal proper right into a basket to supply PG a 59-58 lead.

Jones immediately drove all the way in which by which for a go-ahead layup with 5.2 seconds left, leaving the Vikings one ultimate likelihood from their baseline. Olympus intently guarded Van Komen, PG’s first alternative, so Mikkelsen in-bounded the ball to Tim Nichols, then obtained it correct once more. He drove down the left aspect, earlier Jones and all the way in which by which to the ring for the worthwhile ranking.

Good Grove is 5-Zero, having gained four video video games in a Thanksgiving match in Illinois.

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Prep basketball Rylan Jones, Olympus, inside the Salt Lake Tribune studio in Salt Lake Metropolis Tuesday April 10, 2018.

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