GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Drew Bridges punched Fruita Monument's ticket to the Sweet 16 with a buzzer-beater in overtime.
No. 3 FMHS (21-3) had to deal with serious height on Friday night as No. 7 Lincoln brought in a 6'9" forward and a 7' center. But one game after Bridges scored 37 of the Wildcats' 55 points, balanced offense was the key.
The Wildcats went into the half leading by four, and extended the lead to 10 in the third quarter. But a couple crucial fouls and a technical allowed the Lancers to get back in the game. Gabriel Vazquez tipped in the tying shot with 30 seconds left to play, so they headed to overtime.
With 15 seconds left, the Wildcats held a three-point lead, but Vazquez hit the tying shot with five seconds left to go. But FMHS did not miss a beat. Cody Daniels found Drew Bridges in transition and the game-winning lay-up fell as time expired.
The Wildcats will now travel to No. 2 Columbine (20-4) for the Sweet 16.