Prep basketball: Lone Peak pounds top team from Colorado
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OREM — When the No. 1 boys basketball team in Utah clashed with the No. 1 team from Colorado on Thursday night at the Great Western Shootout, bragging rights were certainly on the line in what many expected to be a thrilling game.
Instead, Lone Peak ran Colorado's East High right out of the gym.
The Knights jumped all over the Angels early, outscoring them in every quarter on their way to an easy 84-58 victory at Orem High School.
Lone Peak will next face tournament host Orem in tonight's semifinals at 6:40 p.m. West Jordan and Davis will meet in the other semifinal as the four Utah teams swept the four out-of-state teams.
Lone Peak star Nick Emery, who led all scorers with 23 points, wasn't surprised by the easy victory.
"Colorado is a great state of basketball, but we just proved that Utah basketball is that much better than what people think we are," said Emery.
A week after setting a new school record with 39 points, Emery never really got into a rhythm against East. That wasn't a problem, though, as teammates Conner Toolson, Brody Berry, Chase Hansen and Talon Shumway all came up huge to combine for 40 points.
"That was a positive that we got those other guys to really contribute, because in the first game they didn't really do anything," said Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis.
The outcome was never in doubt as Lone Peak led 21-9 after the first quarter, 40-25 at the half and then 64-43 heading into the fourth quarter.
"We've been out of state, and we've played a lot of this type of stuff, and honestly our kids aren't fazed by this type of thing," said Lewis.
The difference in the game was in transition. Lone Peak wasn't the least bit fazed by East's full-court pressure defense, routinely beating the traps for easy layups.
"Once the game got in transition and they continued to press us, it was going to be layups," said Lewis, whose team shot 43 percent from the field..
With sophomore star Dominique Collier on the bench with foul trouble most of the game, East never could find an offensive consistency. Collier finished with nine points, while Brian Carey led the way with 20 points on five 3-pointers.
After the game, Lewis had nothing but praise for the quality of the tournament put on at Orem High.
"This is great for the state. It's good for Utah teams, and it's good for the community to be able to come out and see some really good basketball like this. They've done a great job organizing. Some of the things you get to in these things, they're not very good organization ways, but this one was just first class," said Lewis.