4A boys basketball state tournament capsules

Published: Saturday, Feb. 25 2012 10:21 p.m. MST

Orem High School defeats Provo High School 82-65 in boy's basketball Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Orem, Utah.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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Heading into the 4A state tournament, two teams have separated themselves from the pack and are the clear favorites. No. 1 Orem and No. 2 Bountiful, however, are on the same side of the bracket and would meet in the semifinals. The other side of the bracket is wide open, with many of the teams eying a potential run to the title game.

Here’s a team-by-team look at all 14 teams already qualified for the state tournament and four who are fighting still to get in:

Bonneville Lakers (10-11)

Coach: Jason Finder

How qualified: Hasn’t qualified yet. Finished in a fourth-place tie in Region 5 with Box Elder at 4-6, and will have a play-in game on Friday night.

Playoff opener: Box Elder/Bonneville winner vs. Olympus, Monday, 12:50 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 66-63 win against Woods Cross on Dec. 6.

Best region victory: A 67-59 win against Mountain Crest on Jan. 27.

Top contributors

#12 Quinton Larson, Sr., Forward (16.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.2 spg)

#15 Jake Hutchins, Sr., Guard (8.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.6 spg)

#22 Beck Nelson, Sr., Guard (7.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.5 spg)

#0 Braxton Buckway, Sr., Guard (5.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.9 spg)

#35 Brady Borkland, Sr., Center (4.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.2 spg)

Scoring offense: 51.9 ppg (17th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 54.0 ppg (17th in 4A)

Last state championship: 1987

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Fails to qualify with loss to Box Elder in play-in game.

Edward’s evaluation: After starting region 3-1, this team has dropped five of six and it will be tough to recapture momentum for the play-in game.

Box Eder Bees (7-14)

Coach: Keith Mecham

How qualified: Hasn’t qualified yet. Finished in a fourth-place tie in Region 5 with Bonneville, and will have a play-in game on Friday night.

Playoff opener: Box Elder/Bonneville winner vs. Olympus, Monday, 12:50 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 72-61 win against Ogden on Nov. 22.

Best region victory: A 53-51 win against Mountain Crest on Jan. 25.

Top contributors

#1 Shad Watson, So., Guard (20.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.1 spg)

#12 Kolby Quayle, Sr., Guard (10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg)

#32 Trevor Cobbley, Sr., Forward (8.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 spg)

#33 Steven Didericksen, Sr., Center (5.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.4 spg)

#24 Josh Jenks, Sr., Guard (4.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 59.1 ppg (4th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 61.0 ppg (25th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

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