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OREM — Lone Peak defeated Herriman 59-34 in the first round of the boys 6A tournament Tuesday.
After a competitive first half, Lone Peak controlled the entire second half of the game to cruise to a victory.
With 6:28 left in the game, Lone Peak senior Jackson Brinkerhoff blocked a corner shot from Herriman, capping of a dominant performance. The block allowed the Knights to escape on a fast break and get an easy layup at the hoop, putting the Knights up 46-28.
Lone Peak was undefeated in its region and finished with an overall record of 19-3. Herriman, on the other hand, struggled, going 9-12 on the season.
Lone Peak head coach David Evans was prepared for the gritty Mustangs and knew that they would pose a challenge.
“Herriman’s tough to play, you know, they’re so physical, and they play really really hard, and we know it was going to be a little bit like that,” Evans said.
Lone Peak used a team effort to combat the feisty play of the Mustangs. The Knights used high defensive pressure to force a lot of turnovers. This helped them get going offensively.
“Our defense spurred our offense,” Evans said.
Even though the Knights won by 25, it was a relatively low-scoring and tough game for Lone Peak.
“Usually you hit a shot and it kind of gets you going. We just couldn’t hit anything,” Evans said.
Herriman started the game off strong, getting a dunk from 6-foot-8 senior Blake Freeland in the opening minutes. They battled hard and managed to stay with Lone Peak through most of the first half.
Both teams were plagued by poor shooting in the low-scoring first half. Lone Peak shot 36 percent in the first half, while Herriman shot just under 28 percent.
“We couldn’t hit a shot in the first half, and we’re a very good shooting team,” Evans said. “We were 2-12 (on 3-point attempts) in the first half.”
The game was tied 15-15 with a few minutes left in the half when Lone Peak finally made its first big run. The Knights finished the half on a 10-0 run, giving them a 25-15 lead at the half.