High school basketball: Sky View's bigs pave way for win
OGDEN — It was about as dramatic as a Disney movie.
It was, well, boring from start to finish — and Sky View wouldn't have it any other way.
The Bobcats came out like a bullet fired from a gun and never looked back in their 67-47 victory over Salem Hills in the first round of the 4A boys' playoffs on Tuesday at Weber State.
Within the first three minutes of the game it was already over.
Sky View's Jordan Nielsen and Casey Oliverson — a tandem that would be a major influence throughout the game — scored the first six points of the game for an early 6-0 lead.
"I thought our start was key for us," said Sky View coach Kevin Andersen, "we came out of the gates, hit some big 3s, we were up 12-0. That start was key for us. I'm proud of our guys."
The SkyHawks would cut the lead to single digits only three more times, with the closest coming midway through the second period at 31-23.
The reasoning behind the beat-down was Sky View's frontcourt, which completely dominated the paint throughout the entire game. With a lineup that features players standing 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-8, the Bobcats would outscore Salem Hills 34-16 in the paint and outrebound them 40-28 —25 of which came on the offensive end of the floor.
The Bobcats' height also impacted Salem Hills' ability to score, shooting 13-for-49 from the field for 26.5 percent.
"I like our size, we can use that. We were able to bring an extra big in tonight," said Andersen. "Sometimes it's hard, they went small on us and we had to try and match up with people."
Oliverson, only a junior, finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four blocks.
"Very athletic kid. He played in a small school in Louisiana before he came here," said Andersen of Oliverson, "He's been getting better, it's been good for him to have some other size in practice to push him around. He's so athletic and strong and hopefully he can continue to play well for us."
Nielsen would tally 14 points and five rebounds.
Don Corbell, the third and final member of the forest-like frontcourt, hauled in 10 boards and added five points.
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