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High schools boys basketball: Lone Peak rolls to 4th title in 6 years

Published: Saturday, March 3 2012 7:04 p.m. MST

Lone Peak's 11 T.J. Haws chews on a piece of the baskteball hoop after Lone Peak's win over Brighton during the Class 5A boys? basketball championship game at the Maverik Center in West Valley on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Blog: Brighton proud of march to 5A final

WEST VALLEY CITY — Lone Peak has blown out a lot of teams through the years, but what the Knights did to Brighton in the 5A state championship on Saturday was absurd.

They made 14 3-pointers, scored more points in the first half than Brighton did the entire game and led by a ridiculous 41 points early in the second half.

"I have no idea how we shot that good. I'm still amazed. Everything was going in. It felt so good," said Lone Peak senior Brody Berry.

For fans wanting drama at the Maverik Center, Lone Peak's 68-38 blowout victory might've been the most boring game of the season. But those who wanted to see the best team in the state playing at a ridiculous level, it was a show nobody will soon forget.

Lone Peak made nine 3-pointers to build a staggering 47-17 halftime lead. It followed it up by making three straight 3s to start the second half, and T.J. Haws followed them up with a breakaway dunk that served as the exclamation point, putting his team up 41 points with 5:03 remaining in the quarter.

"Sometimes when you get in a big game like this, I've seen it before, it can really snowball on teams if they miss a few shots, and that's what happened," said Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis.

Lone Peak made 4 of its first 5 attempts from 3-point range building a quick 14-5 lead. It was the worst case scenario for Brighton, which knew it couldn't fall behind early.

In hopes of keeping pace, the Bengals started forcing things offensively, but it just wasn't their night. They shot just 23 percent in the first half — including 0 of 12 from 3-point range — and finished the game at just 27 percent.

Lone Peak, meanwhile, shot 46 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range making 14 of 30.

Lewis said the loss to American Fork a few weeks ago helped refocus his players, and they've been playing much better "team" basketball ever since.

"Since we lost to American Fork, I felt like we had to share the ball better, make that extra pass, and we just got better and better in that three week stretch and our defense has been constant through that whole time," said Lewis. "You can't ever say we're 30 points better than Brighton, we're not. We just absolutely got it rolling."

After building the 41-point lead, the Knights eased off the gas pedal over the last quarter and a half.

The state championship was Lone Peak's second straight, fourth in the past six years and sixth in the past 12 years. With Haws, who scored 24 points, Nick Emery, who scored 16, and Talon Shumway, who added 13 points, all coming back next year, it's definitely not too early to start talking about a 3-peat.

"Each year is much, much different. Last year we had (Justin) Hamilton inside and some size off the bench. This year is a completely different deal with Chase and he brought new things to the table. It will be a different next year," said Lewis.

As good as Lone Peak was, ironically enough it was foul trouble to Shumway that got the party started. In what Lewis called a coaching mistake, Shumway picked up his third foul midway through the first quarter with Brighton only trailing 16-10.

The Knights switched from a man to a zone defense to "weather the storm" and proceeded to outscore Brighton 31-7 until halftime.

"We kind of went to the zone by default a little bit. They missed a few, and we said 'hey lets stay in it a little while until we can get our guys back in the game,'" said Lewis.

By then, the outcome was no longer in doubt.

"I knew we played our game, play like we do, we were going to come out on top. We played extremely well," said Haws.

Lone Peak became the 19th school in state history to win a basketball and football state title in the same year — with Jordan and North Summit doing it twice.

5A All-Tournament Team

MVP — T.J. Haws, Lone Peak

Nick Emery, Lone Peak

Jordan Loveridge, West Jordan

Brandon Miller, Brighton

D McCleary, Riverton

Talon Shumway, Lone Peak

5A All-Tournament Team

MVP — T.J. Haws, Lone Peak

Nick Emery, Lone Peak

Jordan Loveridge, West Jordan

Brandon Miller, Brighton

D McCleary, Riverton

Talon Shumway, Lone Peak

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