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2023 Sun Standout Awards

Steve Marcus

Members of the Silverado High school basketball team accept the Game of the Year award during the 2023 Sun Standout Awards at the South Point Showroom Monday, May 22, 2023. Laborers Union, Local 872, sponsored the award.

The Silverado boys basketball team built a 17-point advantage in its opening-round playoff game, only to watch Valley storm back in the final minutes to take a 70-69 lead with four seconds to play.

Skyhawks head coach Cyril Franklin Sr. called timeout and, surprisingly, set up a play the team had only ever run once in practice.

His trust in his players was rewarded. The inbound pass went to junior Jake Wohl, who dribbled up court, snaked around a pick and pulled up from the top of the key. The execution was perfect, and the shot even more so.

Wohl’s 3-pointer dropped in as time expired, giving Silverado the most thrilling win of the year.

Teammates immediately swarmed Wohl while fans stormed the floor. “The court went crazy,” Wohl said.

Silverado then won its next two playoff games in the final seconds, continuing a miracle run that took the Skyhawks all the way to the state championship game. “The kids believed they had a chance,” Franklin said.

This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.

Article written by #LasVegasSun

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