KINGMAN - Tyler Skubal released the ball for a 3-pointer just before the final buzzer sounded, but his shot bounced up off the rim, hit the rim again on the way down before it bounced away for the Kingman High boys basketball team, and the Bulldogs lost to Valley Vista 70-68 Tuesday in Surprise in a Northwest Region game.
"We had our chances," KHS coach Dave Vance said. "It was an exciting, back-and-forth game. We played really well again."
G. Herrera hit a bucket with 30 seconds remaining to tie the game for KHS (4-12, 2-10 NW) in the Bulldogs' last road game. Valley Vista (6-10, 5-7 NW) put up a shot with eight seconds remaining, got the offensive rebound and put back to go up 70-68 with 5.8 left on the clock.
The Bulldogs called timeout to get the ball into Danny Gonzalez' hands, but the Monsoon swarmed him. Skubal got the ball for a good look, but to no avail.
"We played well inside again," Vance said. "That's been the whole key."
Trey Anthony led KHS with 19 points and Kameron Comins scored 16. Gonzalez finished with 12, Skubal had nine, Herrera six, Daniel Austin added four and Zack Clough chipped in two.
"We almost had four guys in double figures," the coach said. "They followed the game plan, which was to slow them down and not let them run."
The Bulldogs are 2-2 in their last four games, but the two losses have been by a combined five points. Vance said Valley Vista's coach Mike Anderson told him nobody wants to play KHS right now.
Vance was extremely pleased with the way the Bulldogs responded after the final timeout.
"The nice thing was we drew up a play, and they executed it," the coach said. "We haven't had that in a while."
KHS hosts O'Connor (6-9, 4-8 NW) at 7 p.m. today to start its final home stand. The Bulldogs wrap up their season Tuesday.