Trailing by two points with 7 seconds to play, Peninsula guard JD Plough dribbled the ball up court looking for an open teammate in Tuesday's Bay League clash with Palos Verdes.
Instead of an open teammate, Plough used what little space the PV defender gave him before draining the game-winning shot that gave seventh-ranked Peninsula a stunning 52-51 victory over fourth-ranked PV.
"That shot felt like the greatest moment of my life," Plough said. "We don't like PV, and we have to play our best against them."
After scoring just 5 points in the first half, Plough turned things up in the second. He scored all 11 Peninsula (14-9, 4-1) points in the third and finished with 23.
"My shot wasn't going in the first half," Plough said. "I knew if we were going to win, I'd have to score more."
Plough had help early on. Luke Frasso scored Peninsula's first 6 points in the second quarter to help open up an 18-10 lead, and his play in the fourth kept the game close before fouling out with 2:49 to play. Frasso finished with 10 points.
It appeared PV (16-3, 3-2) was on its way to another huge victory this season following Jack Jamele's 3-pointer with 8 seconds to play before Plough's game-winner.
"We knew all we had to do was contest the shot," PV coach Brian Edelman said. "We couldn't foul and just had to slow the ball down, but we didn't"
Jamele scored 15, including 7 in the fourth quarter. Jack Engstrom finished with 16, including 12 in the first half while Greg Smart added 7.
Engstrom was pivotal in helping PV get back in the game in the second quarter. His turnaround hook-shot pulled the Sea Kings within four, and after stealing the ball on Peninsula's next possession, he set up Elijah Simpson's layup to make it an 18-16 game with 4:23 to play.
PV tied the game on Syris Turks' free throws early in the third quarter, and the Sea Kings were able to build a 35-29 lead following Jamele's three-point play.
"I thought we started making our outside shots, taking care of the basketball and we rebounded better (in the third)," Edelman said.
But Peninsula responded. Plough outscored PV 8-2 over the final 3:07 of the third quarter to tie the game at 37 heading into the fourth.
"We came out (Tuesday night) kind of how Redondo played us on Friday," Quinlan said. "We could have mailed it in, but this is a great group of kids that will keep playing until the clock hits zero."
Justin Kim scored 6 points for Peninsula, including four in the fourth quarter. Caleb Hall added 8.
Peninsula has won nine of the last 11 meetings between the rivals.
"You try and tell the kids that it's just another game," Edelman said. "But it's not, and there's no way of fooling them."