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High school boys basketball: Summit Academy reaches 2A state final with win over Emery

By Dominic Garcia

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Feb. 26 2016 11:30 p.m. MST

RICHFIELD — The rematch from a quarterfinal matchup between Summit Academy and Emery from the 2015 2A state tournament was a semifinal this year. It brought emotions from last year that could be seen on the court.

The Bears came away with a 56-43 win over the Spartans. Summit Academy started off slow but got things going in the second quarter. At one point Emery trailed by 15 plus points and was able to work the lead down to a single point before the Bears pushed back and went on a scoring run.

“We were feeling the rhythm,” Summit Academy senior Darrin Gethers said. “our coach told us to play hard, we just played our game.”

Gethers and his team started off slow and struggled but they warmed up and finished the first quarter tied. Gethers finished with 10 points in the first half.

“I think Darrin played a pretty good game and kept his head in there,” Bears coach Evric Gray said.

The Spartans did damage with their guard and center. Junior Bowdie Jacobson ran the offense and finished with 19 points, 11 of them coming from the line. Junior Koby Butler had a lot of success inside against the Summit Academy defense. Butler also finished with 19 points. Emery was also using Butler to shut down Summit Academy’s center senior Sam Velez.

“They were sending two guys at him,” Gray said. “But the guys picked him up, and that's the way we have played it all year.”

The Bears had some help for beyond the arc to maintain their lead. Senior Armani Montgomery and junior Gavin Rindlishbacher combined for five 3-pointers down the stretch.

Summit Academy moves on the 2A state championship game against Layton Christian Academy.

“We got one more game,” Gray said. “Layton Christian is a good team. We’ll lace them up and see what happens.”