OGDEN — Mountain Crest’s Tanner Knowles rose to the occasion in a big, big way Friday night at the Dee Events Center.
Prior to the game against Logan, the senior had multiple teammates approach him and remind him of his importance heading into the 4A semifinal.
“Some of my teammates talked to me and said if we were going to win I was going to need to step it up a little bit, so I took that challenge,” said Knowles.
Sure enough, he went out and scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Mustangs to the thrilling 54-51 come-from-behind victory. He was 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range.
When Knowles knocked down his first 3-pointer at the 6:26 mark of the second quarter, he knew it was going to be a special day.
The 18 points was two points shy of equally his career-high set against Logan back on Jan. 11.
Knowles had 10 of his 18 points in the first half, which were particularly important as Faimafili Laulu-Pututau sat on the bench for extended minutes in foul trouble.
Sky View coach Kirk Hillyard was particularly impressed with Knowles’ defense.
“He did some things defensively for us that really helped to make sure we had an opportunity there in the fourth quarter,” said Hillyard.