It’s only fitting that Mountain Crest junior Tyler Crosbie hit the biggest shot of game for the Mustangs on Monday afternoon at the Maverik Center. His family name has been and still is very much intertwined with Mountain Crest athletics.
Crosbie’s 3-pointer gave the Mustangs a 38-35 lead against Hillcrest with under three minutes remaining, a lead it never relinquished.
“It’s certainly something he’s worked his tail off for. He’s had a really good offseason and summer. Everything he gets he’s totally earned, he’s a model for a lot of these other kids who want to be successful,” said Mountain Crest coach Graydon Buchmiller.
His older sister Kim played volleyball and basketball at Mountain Crest and went on to play at Idaho State. His older brother Riley played basketball for the Mustangs in 2008, and he’s currently playing at Snow College.
Tyler Crosbie said he doesn’t feel too much pressure to follow in his older sibling’s successful footsteps, even though he is. He’s the Mustangs’ leading scorer heading into Wednesday’s quarterfinals at 14.5 ppg.
As a freshman in 2010, Crosbie sat on the bench during Mountain Crest’s state championship game loss to Timpview. He said that experience contributed to his rather calm demeanor in the playoffs on Monday.
Tyler Crosbie’s older cousin, Jim Crosbie, was the coach of that 2010 team. He’s now the athletic director at Mountain Crest, and he said it’s fun watching his younger cousin succeed.
“It’s fun because everyone thinks he’s my kid. As long as he’s playing well I’ll take it,” joked Jim Crosbie, who said it’s more of a family wreath than a family tree.
Tyler is the son of Richard Crosbie, who is the uncle of Jim Crosbie.
|There’s one more Crosbie coming up the ranks. Shantelle Crosbie was a freshman soccer player for Mountain Crest last fall.|