OREM — Summit Academy and North Sevier are two of the top teams in the Boys’ 2A division. Their first round match-up did not disappoint.
The Bears took home the 76-69 win over the Wolves in a hard-fought game between the two teams. Coming in, Summit Academy wanted to use their height advantage and quick point guard, senior Darrin Gethers, to take over the game. Bears head coach Evric Gray was not overjoyed with the way his team executed that plan.
“We played like crap,” Gray said. “We didn’t play that well.”
Despite Gray’s disappointment, his team still came away with a win, thanks to Summit Academy’s 6’8” senior Sam Velez. Velez used his size well on defense as he blocked several Wolves' shots that came from inside that paint. Gray knows how much of an impact Velez can have, but wants him to produce on the offensive side as well.
“I don’t have to work on him rebounding and playing defense,” Gray said. “I want him to shoot more, but he won’t. He is just so unselfish. As he goes we go.”
Gethers echoed his coach’s disappointment and pointed out that their defense could have been better. Gethers' impressive ball-handling skills were able to break down the defense and allow him to score and move the ball to his teammates. He did still have some trouble with being double-teamed.
“They switched it up a lot,” Gethers said. “In the second half, they started boxing me in and not letting me touch the ball.”Comment on this story
North Sevier frustrated Summit Academy with its own guards. Seniors Trevor Okerlund and Landry Nelson were able to penetrate and score quickly on the Bears. While senior Colby Christensen helped the Wolves with his strong jump shot. Gray admitted he was slightly jealous of the North Sevier players.
“Those guys play hard,” Gray said. “It looks like they have been playing together all their life. I wish I had that.”
Toward the end of the game, the Wolves needed to foul to stay alive and the plat began to a little more physical. Gray, in order to keep his everyone calm, told his team to just play and don’t overreact and don’t say anything.
The Bears move on the in playoff and will face Waterford next. The match-up will be on Thursday, Feb. 25 in Richfield.