High school basketball: Titans stand tall in victory over Woods Cross
SALT LAKE CITY — Olympus High's boys basketball team isn't a very big squad this season, and will probably be undersized almost every time it steps on the court. That's why when it does have a rare height advantage, it's gotta take advantage.
That's exactly what the Titans did on Tuesday night against visiting Woods Cross.
Olympus dominated the glass on both ends, outrebounding Woods Cross by 10 on its way to an easy 73-59 preseason victory.
"It's preseason, but it's a good measuring stick — they had only lost once prior (to) today. It was a good all-around game for a lot of guys," said Olympus coach Matt Barnes.
The win helped the Titans improve to 5-2, and their efficiency on the glass should give them confidence heading into Thursday's game at undefeated Davis.
Fueled by a pregame pep talk from assistant coach Todd Street, who was let go as the Woods Cross head coach after last season, the Titans outrebounded the Wildcats 30-20, with half of those rebounds coming on the offensive glass.
They capitalized on the extra possessions with 18 second-chance points.
"That's the way you've got to play — you've got to dominate the inside," Barnes said.
Of Woods Cross' 20 rebounds, four were offensive rebounds that came during a six-second flurry just before the final buzzer with both teams' JV squads on the floor.
On top of great rebounding, Olympus shot 47 percent and forced Woods Cross into 13 turnovers on its way to a near wire-to-wire victory.
The Titans led 18-12 after the first quarter and stretched the lead to 34-23 at the half. Courtesy of back-to-back baseline 3-pointers from Coulson Hardy and then another a minute later from Jake Lindsey, Olympus increased the lead to 47-30 midway through the third quarter.
Hardy finished with 14 points with three 3-pointers, while Lindsey, the son of new Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey, led the way with 17 points.
"Jake (Lindsey) moved here in October, so he has no idea what Olympus basketball is all about and how we do things. He's very coachable and willing to learn and listen. He's very good with the ball, strong kid who can create and get in the lane," Barnes said.
Jaren Jones added 13 for the Titans, with Alec Monson chipping in with 10 off the bench. Barnes was particularly pleased with the scoring and contribution of Monson, Jake White, Chandler McComber and Madsen Murphy in the second quarter as the second unit helped stretch the lead from 18-12 to 29-14 before the starters came back in the game midway through the quarter.
"We just really spread the ball out and were playing well together," said Hardy. "We play best when we distribute the ball around and we have an even scoring average."