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Pleasant Grove overpowers Weber behind big Matt Van Komen

By Kenyon Finch, | Posted - Mar. 1, 2018 at 9:15 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Seven-foot-3 Matt Van Komen and the Pleasant Grove Vikings overpowered Weber en route to a 64-49 victory.

Van Komen was a monster inside the post, blocking shots, setting physical screens and coming through for the Vikings. The Warriors had an extremely hard time scoring against the 2-3 zone of the Vikings, shooting just 36 percent for the game.

"It (the 2-3 zone) always works well, we like to switch it up," Van Komen said.

The Vikings played four smalls with Van Komen. The smalls pressured the 3-point line, forcing Weber players into tough drives inside and making them deal with the outstreched arms of Van Komen.

"I think they (the guards) did really good forcing it through to me, easy blocks and stuff," Van Komen said. "They did well on guarding 3-point shooters, which is usually our weakness, but today was our strength."

Van Komen finished with six blocks to go along with his 18 points and 11 rebounds. The four smalls around Van Komen were also effective offensively and spaced the floor around the center and gave him room to work.

"Why would you get in his way?" Viking head coach Randy McAllister said. "We want to stay out of his way as much as we can, we have such good shooters, that if they want to come double-team, we want to make them pay for that."


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