Slideshow | JDHS v TMHS Homecoming Game 02/03/2017
Down 47-48 with 10 seconds left, Thunder Mountain High School basketball held possession at half court. It was homecoming for the defending state champion Crimson Bears; each student section packed with blue and white on one side, red and black on the other.
TMHS coach John Blasco called a timeout and drew up a play. To nobody’s surprise, the Falcons wanted to find hot-handed senior Noah Reishus-O’Brien for the game-winner. The shooting guard led the game with 27 points, carrying his team in an offensive duel with JDHS big man Erik Kelly.
If anyone was going to pull off the upset for the Falcons, it was Reishus-O’Brien, who had never beaten the Crimson Bears as a starter. He was hungry, as were the rest of the Falcons, all having endured six losses to their crosstown rivals last year.
Whatever play the Falcons had drawn up, it fell apart. Senior Chase Saviers drove the lane off a Garth Tupou screen but was turned away, electing to kick the ball back out to Tupou.
Tupou wasn’t their first, second or third choice to take that shot. He might have not even been their fourth or fifth, but it didn’t matter: Tupou’s flat-footed 15-footer rattled around the rim and in, sealing the upset win for the Falcons.
(All photos by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)