It figured to be a battle tonight when the No. 5 Burbank Titans boys met the No. 6 Pleasant Grove Eagles in the championship game of the fifth annual Mark Macres Memorial basketball tournament at Monterey Trail High School.
And that's exactly how it turned out in a game that was tense and close throughout as Pleasant Grove coach John DePonte and Burbank's Lindsey Ferrell matched moves of strategy and personnel.
Matthew Hayes scored on a base-line runner with three seconds to play to lift 4-0 Pleasant Grove over 4-1 Burbank 50-49.
The junior guard's winning basket came after Burbank's Mitchell Love had put his team ahead 49-48 by making the first of two free throw attempts with 12.1 seconds. But he missed the second, and MVP Colfax Nordquist rebounded for Pleasant Grove.
Both teams' leaping ability and quickness impacted the shooting percentages.
Burbank shot 35 percent from the field and Pleasant Grove 31 percent.
Other than the final score, Pleasant Grove led only twice, 3-2 early in the first quarter and 41-40 with 4:53 to play in the game. Burbank's biggest lead was eight points early in the second quarter.
Hayes finished with 13 points to top Pleasant Grove. Nordquist added 11 and Michael Pugh 10.
Jay Stone led Burbank with 19 points Love had 12 and both senior leaders accounted for all 14 Titans points in the final quarter.
Malik Thames and Caleb Jackson joined Nordquist on the all-tournament team. Stone and Love were Burbank's selectees.