In case you missed Tuesday night’s win for Guyer over Flower Mound to open the Class 6A playoffs, here’s a quick recap:
Guyer looked dead, came back, looked dead again, came back again and pulled away late for a 75-65 win with some veteran free-throw shooting. Except one thing, that near-perfect foul shooting down the stretch wasn’t by veterans at all.
Nevermind senior Zach Garza’s game-high 25 points, the importance of that goes without saying. Let’s focus for a moment on that foul shooting with the Jags trying to get back in the game in the ol’ foul-and-cross-your-fingers game.
After Garza hit sixth and final 3-pointer of the night for Guyer with 2:39 remaining to give the Wildcats a 60-58 lead, it became a free-throw game for Guyer. And the Wildcats couldn’t have been better, thanks to their two freshmen standouts.
Jalen Wilson was 5-for-6 from the line in the final two minutes on his way to an 18-point, 9-rebound performance. Classmate De’Vion Harmon went 6-for-6 over the final 45 seconds, with four of those being in a one-and-one situation. Harmon finished the night with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. So if you’re keeping track, two freshmen went 11-for-12 from the foul line in the final two minutes to give Guyer the win.
That’s impressive. I don’t care who you are.
“They’re young and hungry and have no fear,” Guyer coach Grant Long said. “Those freshmen in the fourth quarter from the free throw line, they had to have been 90-something percent.”
I confirmed, using math, and it was 92 percent. As a team, Guyer shot 91 percent from the line.
“They have no fear and know they’re gonna make it,” Long added. “They want to play the best in the state, and they aren’t scared of anyone.”