Poly junior Alexis Moore didn't score a point in the first three quarters, but that's not what he''ll be remembered for in the Jackrabbits' CIF Division IAA quarterfinals matchup against Los Osos.
Moore scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning three-pointer in No. 2 Poly's 61-58 come-from-behind win against the Grizzlies on the road Tuesday night.
"It was funny because toward the end I was getting hot for some reason, my shots finally started falling," Moore said, who finished 5 of 15 from the field. "Everyone attacked me after I hit the shot. It didn't really register for me until the drive home."
What made the shot even more remarkable was the play call itself. Head coach Sharrief Metoyer refused to call timeout, giving way to a hectic final 16 seconds.
"We had the ball and (Los Osos') players wouldn't let me have it, so finally my coach screamed at me ‘go and get it!'" Moore said of Metoyer. "When I finally got the ball I saw there was only seven or eight seconds left, so I called out a play. We ran a double-screen, and my guy went underneath the screen so I pulled up and it fell through for me.
"It was the biggest shot of my career."
Moore also commented on what it's like to not call timeout going into a do-or-die situation.
"For the other team it makes them prepare for anything," Moore explained. "I've seen random kids on the court take game-winning shots, sometimes the best player on the floor is the decoy. You have to be ready for anything."
And Poly was. The Jackrabbits' basketball program looks likes it's back after being dormant for the past few years. That's something says is important to the team and the school.
"You play for Poly and you already have a target on your chest," Moore said, whose team faces Etiwanda in the semis tomorrow. "Whether you play badminton or water polo, there's a tradition and history at this school.
"We want to prove that what we've accomplished so far is deserved. We will definitely have bigger targets on our back next year, but we can't wait."