Mac Terry stepped back and won a boys basketball game for Rock Canyon.
Terry made a fall-away shot from inside the 3-point line to beat the buzzer and Regis Jesuit 59-57 in a Continental League game on Jan 20.
The game featured Rock Canyon, ranked third in the CHSAANow.com poll, against No. 8 Regis and drew a capacity crowd to the Guy Gibbs gym on the Regis campus.
The outcome wasn’t decided until the final seconds.
With the score tied at 57, there were two turnovers on charging calls in the 28 seconds, one on the Jaguars and one on Regis with 4.3 seconds remaining in regulation time.
Rock Canyon inbounded the ball, which ended up in Terry’s hands. He ended the game and sent Jaguar students racing onto the court.
“It was an amazing game and to make that shot in front of these amazing fans was great,” said Terry. “I wouldn’t say we practice that shot. I just stepped back, good luck, and I knocked it down.
“I was at the top of the rim, got cut off and just stepped back.”
Terry’s shot extended Rock Canyon’s winning streak to 13 straight and improved the Jaguars (15-1) record to 3-0 in the league. Regis is now 10-5 and 2-1.
Rock Canyon coach Kent Grams had a lot of options and not much time to set up a play for the final shot.
“There’s a lot of guys you have to guard and pay attention to on our team,” said Grams. “Obviously Gavin (Hershberger) is probably the key, the guy that everybody is zeroing in on.
“Mac is strong and makes really good decisions and he has good touch. Gavin and all of our guys play one-on-one after practice and they always talk about how good Mac is on one-on-one situations. We put the ball in his hands and he made a heck of a shot.”
Rock Canyon had 10 point leads in the third quarter and led by nine points to start the fourth but the Raiders rallied.
“You have to give Regis credit, they are never going to go away,” said Grams. “Coach Shaw (Ken) does a great job of preparing them they are so disciplined. If you miss shots they are going to score at the other end. It was going to be a battle. They never go away. I’m proud of our guys.”
Aiden Peck, a 6-foot-7 senior, paced the Jaguars with 18 points and eight came in the second half. Peck also had six rebounds, four assists and five blocked shots.
Terry, the 6-3 junior, finished with 15 points and left people talking about his final second shot. Hershberger had 13 points.
Senior Tarea Fulcher of Regis took game scoring honors with 20 points. However, he missed a free throw to complete a three-point play, which would have given the Raiders a one-point lead with 28.8 seconds to play.
“This win will definitely help us,” said Terry. “We got the experience of being in this atmosphere with a big crowd, how to communicate and talk to each other more. Doing that will prepare us for the playoffs.”