Boys basketball 4A quarterfinals: Brock Yates helps Bountiful past Herriman, 57-49
Tom Smart, Deseret News
View the full online photo gallery here.
WEST VALLEY CITY — Herriman was the story of the 4A first round with its dramatic buzzer beater against Logan. In the quarterfinals though, Herriman had no answer for the monster.
Bountiful's Brock Yates dominated Herriman in all facets of the game, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Braves to the 57-49 victory over the pesky Mustangs at the Maverik Center on Wednesday afternoon.
"People don't know about him cause he's flown under the radar, but we know about him, and we're feeding the monster. That's what we were trying to do in the third and fourth quarter, just get it to Brock and let him carry us, and he did," said Bountiful coach Mike Maxwell.
Yates had nine points in the first half as the Braves built a 30-25 lead, but he took over in the second half scoring 12 points and helping his team build a double-digit lead midway through the third quarter.
"In the second and third quarter I finally got my legs. It's kind of a tough tournament, I'm finally getting my legs. I know they're shorter than me and I know I can just raise up and shoot over them," said Yates.
Bountiful enjoyed a size mismatch at every position, and capitalized by getting to the free throw line early and often. Prior to the game, Maxwell stressed the need to attack the basket and not settle for jump shots. That aggression put the Braves in the bonus early in the second quarter. It finished the game 21 of 26 from the foul line.
Braves point guard Dain Murdock scored all 10 of his points from the line on 10 of 12 shooting.
"We talked about it. Try to get to the rim, try to get the basket, make them foul us cause that's our strength, we were bigger at every position. Why would we want to shoot jump shots?" said Maxwell.
As well as Bountiful shot from the line (81 percent) and the field (46 percent), not to mention only turning it over five times, it couldn't put Herriman away until late in the fourth quarter A big reason was the play Tueni Lupeamanu.
The junior equaled a career high with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. He'd made just two treys all year prior to the quarterfinals.
"We knew he could play inside, but he shocked us with the outside game," said Maxwell.
Herriman shot 52 percent through the first three quarters and only trailed 44-38. In the fourth quarter though, the Mustangs went cold making just 4 of 19 shots and Bountiful maintained its 7-to-10 point lead the rest of the way.
"That's a terrific team with some great players, senior dominated, you expect that in the tournament. They're going to give you their best shot," said Maxwell.
In the end, Herriman couldn't slow the monster. When it double-teamed Yates, he picked the defense apart with his passing. When it played Yates straight up, he did the damage from the blocks making 7 of 10 shots.