Holly – Addison McIntosh had never made a game-winning shot near the final buzzer to earn his Fenton varsity boys basketball team a victory during his long varsity career.
The senior has one now.
McIntosh hit a three-point jumper from the wing near the Tigers’ bench with just two seconds left, earning the Tigers a thrilling 50-49 victory at Holly High School Friday night.
In a game that was close throughout, McIntosh was the star. He netted a game-high 28 points, scoring the majority of his points from behind the three-point arc. He scored 21 of those points behind it, including the game-winning points.
“In high school I have not,” McIntosh said when asked if he ever had a game-winning shot like he had against the Bronchos. “In AAU and that kind of stuff I’ve had them, but nothing like that.”
For a moment it looked like the Tigers wouldn’t get their shot off. Trailing 49-47 after Holly’s Benjamin Wilson made a free throw with 23.3 seconds left, the Tigers ran a weave play that didn’t look like it was working. But, eventually McIntosh got open on the wing and hit the game-winning shot.
“I did not (think we were going to get the shot),” McIntosh said. “We ran through it (the weave) and nothing came through, so I passed the ball and Alec (Kussro) kept the ball. He passed it back to and I tried to get open, took a couple of dribbles and threw it up. Hopefully it went in.”
It did. Holly had one last chance to score after the time out, but a steal by Kade Lookebill iced the win.
“That was a big win for us, but congratulations to Addison for having a wonderful night on a big stage,” Fenton varsity boys basketball coach Chad Logan said. “He hasn’t done anything remotely like that in his career. It’s not just the shot at the end, but the entire performance. He hit five three-pointers in the first half and hit seven overall. He had a great game.”
The contest had ups and downs for both teams. Fenton won the first quarter. Holly scored the game’s first two points on a putback hoop by Hunter Jackson and led 6-2 after two converted free throws by Daniel Mathews, but Fenton finished the period with a 9-2 run, taking the lead at 9-8 on McIntsoh’s second trey of the game. Seconds later, McIntosh dished an assist on a Lucas Claborn layup. Fenton led 11-8 after one quarter.
Holly tied the game quickly in the second quarter on a conventional three-point play by Mathews, but that tie didn’t last long. Fenton’s Trent DeGayner hit two free throws about 30 seconds later, and the next three points were scored on a McIntosh trey. Fenton led 16-11. Holly cut the gap to 16-14 with a Mathews’ trey, but Fenton responded by scoring the half’s last 10 points. It started with a McIntosh assist on a Brendan Alvord layin and ended with a putback hoop by McIntosh. Fenton led 26-14 at halftime.
Holly cut into that gap quickly during the third quarter. Dylan Hignite began the third on first, netting eight third-quarter points for Holly. Mathews had two buckets with one being a three-pointer. That enabled Holly to enter the fourth quarter trailing just 36-34.
The fourth quarter featured two ties and two lead changes. Holly enjoyed its first lead since the first quarter after a driving layup by Jacob Welch with 2:36 left in the game. Holly led 44-42. With 1:17 left, Mathews hit two free throws, raising the gap to 46-43. With 55 seconds left Hignite hit a layup, keeping the lead at 48-45.
Fenton closed the gap. A putback hoop by Jacob Boulay cut Holly’s lead to 48-47. On the next possession Holly’s Gramer hit 1-of-2 free throws, giving Holly a 49-47 lead. About 21 seconds later McIntosh hit his game-winning shot.
“It was at the top for sure,” McIntosh said about the winning shot being his biggest high school highlight. “It was one of the most fun things was making that shot in the end and being able to contribute to my team.”
McIntosh had four rebounds, three steals and at least three assists as well, while Boulay had 11 points and nine rebounds. Eight of those points came in the fourth. Mathews led Holly with 21 points while Hignite scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.