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5A boys basketball state tournament capsules

Published: Thursday, Feb. 23 2012 12:14 a.m. MST

Playoff opener: vs. West Jordan, Tuesday, 12:50 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 74-62 win against Sky View on Dec. 2.

Best region victory: A 49-42 win against Northridge on Jan. 20.

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#24 Brock Smith, Sr., Forward (19.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.4 spg)

#33 Hayden Spencer, Sr., Guard (9.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 spg)

#4 Jordan Preator, Jr., Guard (5.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.8 spg)

#3 Rowdy Stucki, Sr. , Guard (4.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg)

#44 Lloyd Stephens, Sr., Forward (3.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.5 spg)

Scoring offense: 50.1 ppg (18th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 46.5 ppg (2nd in 5A)

Last state championship: 2005

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to West Jordan in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: A semifinalist a year ago, Fremont faces a very daunting task in the first round of the playoffs this year. It knows what to expect though. The Silver Wolves lost to West Jordan 60-46 in the preseason, which was actually West Jordan’s second-lowest offensive output all year. Fremont’s defense has been stingy all year, but the offense is going to really struggle to keep pace with the Jags.

Hunter Wolverines (12-9)

Coach: Dave Filamoehala

How qualified: Finished second in Region 2 with a 7-3 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Bingham, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 70-64 win at Logan on Dec. 2.

Best region victory: A 68-57 win at Kearns on Jan. 13.

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#10 Dimitri Saliba, Sr., Guard (16.0 ppg)

#23 Trevon Johnson, Jr., Guard (12.0 ppg)

#4 Noah Togiai, Fr., Guard (10.0 ppg)

#25 Brandon Davies, Jr. , Forward (5.8 ppg)

#24 Ronnie Montoya, Sr., Guard (4.7 ppg)

Scoring offense: 61.0 ppg (5th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 59.0 ppg (21st in 5A)

Last state championship: 2004

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Bingham in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: The Wolverines are the most athletic team in Region 2 this year, and even though they haven’t beaten a ranked 5A team this year, they’re athletic enough to compete with some of the upper-echelon teams if they hunker down defensively. Relies heavily on 3-point shooting though, which isn’t really a great formula for success in the playoffs.

Kearns Cougars (9-12)

Coach: Dan Cosby

How qualified: Finished tied with West for third in Region 2 with a 4-6 record, but swept West to claim the No. 3 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Lone Peak, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 51-47 win at Hillcrest on Dec. 1.

Best region victory: A 66-58 (OT) win against Granger on Feb. 17.

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