Frugoli’s Shot With No Time Lifts Miners to 42-40 Win Over Spanish Springs
Northern Nevada’s 4A Boys’ Championship game was a yawner in the first half. By the time it was over, there were memories, and even a few nightmares that will last forever.
Both Bishop Manogue and Spanish Springs were the number one seeds on their respective sides of the bracket entering the regional championship. They both had to survive challenges to get to the final. The Miners made a last second shot, on a put back, to edge Reed 43-41 in the semi. For the Cougars, it was the Galena Grizzlies who had them down most of the semi-final game, until a late fourth quarter rally propelled them to a 51-44 win.
In the championship game, held at Carson High, Bishop Manogue started more relaxed. They led six nothing and cruised to a nine point lead at the end of the first quarter 17-8. They built the lead to 14 at the intermission, 29-15. The only offense Spanish Springs could generate was from Leo Grass. He had nine of the halftime total.
The third quarter brought more of the same. The Miners built their largest lead of the game to 15, (27-12) even though two of their first half stars Colt Ballinger, who had 11 before halftime, and Gabe Bansuelo, with nine, got into foul trouble. With those two on the bench, the Cougars started a comeback. They got it to just 7 and the end of three.
It was in the fourth quarter when the game tightened. Grass made 4 of 6 free throws. DJ Panfili dropped in a couple of timely shots and Cordell Stinson hit a corner three and then converted a steal into a two-handed flush, and the Cougars led 40-38. Then Kolton Frugoli took over. Frugoli was fouled and calmly made two free throws to tie the game at 40. With 13.7 seconds Spanish Springs had the ball. Panfili, the best free throw shooter on the floor for the Cougars, 82% for the season, was fouled driving to the basket. He missed his first shot and a scramble for the ball resulted in a jump ball. The arrow favored Bishop Manogue, so they got to put the ball in play near the Spanish Springs basket. With 2.4 seconds the Miners tried a floor length inbound pass to Frugoli, but the ball was over his head. He grabbed the ball before it could go out of bounds at the opposite end line, and ricocheted it off the leg of Stinson out of bounds. That play saved the possession with just 2.1 seconds remaining. On the end bound Frugoli worked his way from the left wing to the free throw line. His jump shot hit the glass right behind the basket and banked in for the 42-40 win.
There was more excitement then scoring, but the frenetic play of the final eight minutes will make this game a classic to all that witnessed it. Bansuelo led the Miners with 13. Ballinger finished with 11 and Frugoli had 10. For Spanish Springs Grass finished with 16.
It was Bishop Manogue’s third consecutive try at a regional championship and their first title.
The video highlights are the game are above.