4A boys basketball state tournament capsules

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

How qualified: Finished first in Region 7 with an 8-2 record.

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

Best preseason victory: A 60-57 win against Bountiful on Dec. 30.

Best region victory: A 54-45 win at Skyline on Feb. 17.

Top contributors

#30 Will Cannon, Sr., Forward (15.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.7 spg)

#44 Parker Rawlings, Sr., Center (8.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.6 spg)

#10 Nick Barney, Sr., Guard (7.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)

#33 Jackson Coleman, Guard (5.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.4 spg)

#12 Jake Bengtzen, Sr., Guard (5.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.1 spg)

Scoring offense: 58.0 ppg (7th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 51.9 ppg (9th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Springville in quarterfinals.

Edward’s evaluation: This team doesn’t live and die by the 3-pointer like some past Olympus teams, and that’s a good thing heading into the Maverik Center where historically nobody shoots well. Olympus is a much more balanced team this year, and it will need to pound the ball inside to its two post players if it hopes to march through the tournament.

Orem Tigers (20-1)

Coach: Golden Holt

How qualified: Finished first in Region 8 with a 14-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Woods Cross/Mountain View winner, Monday, 5:50 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 57-51 win against Lone Peak on Dec. 16.

Best region victory: A 60-49 win at Provo on Jan. 6.

Top contributors

#2 Zach Hunsaker, Jr., Guard (13.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.9 spg)

#33 Dalton Nixon, So., Forward (12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.7 spg)

#10 Jordan Darger, Jr., Forward (12.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 spg)

#22 Josh Pollard, Sr., Guard (9.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg)

#3 Quinn Peters, So., Guard (5.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 63.3 ppg (2nd in 4A)

Scoring defense: 52.2 ppg (11th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Bountiful in semifinals.

Edward’s evaluation: With a 20-win regular season, this team is unquestionably the team to beat in the 4A tournament this year. Its only loss this year was to West Jordan, and that came on the heels of beating defending 5A champ Lone Peak. The Tigers don’t blow a lot of teams out, with five of their 14 region wins were decided by five points or less or in overtime, but nobody knows how to close games down the stretch better than they do.

Provo Bulldogs (12-9)

Coach: Craig Drury

How qualified: Finished second in Region 8 with a 10-4 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Highland, Monday, 9:30 a.m. (At Maverik Center)

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