High school boys basketball: Sharp-shooting Olympus rolls over Box Elder
OGDEN — With 5:55 left on the clock in Monday’s 4A first round at the Dee Events Center, Olympus coach Matt Barnes pulled his starters.
It was that type of night for the Titans. They overwhelmed Box Elder from the opening whistle, shooting 58 percent from the field, knocking down 11 3-pointers and outrebounding the Bees 39-16 on their why to a convincing 79-49 victory.
“Very proud of how we handled things and came out and really executed and played the way we love to play,” said Barnes.
Olympus built an 8-0 lead in the first 90 seconds and was never threatened in increasing the lead to 42-22 at the half and then 63-33 heading into the fourth quarter.
“Coaches talked about us being prepared and being ready to go for tip-off, so we were kind of hyping ourselves up a little bit before the game,” said Olympus big man Isaac Monson.
Monson, in particular, came ready to play from the opening tip.
He made 13 of 17 shots, finishing with a game-high 32 points — one shy of his career record — to go along with his 12 rebounds.
He scored eight straight points during a first-quarter stretch in which Wasatch increased its lead from 13-6 to 23-9. He finished with 22 points in the first half.
“I was just feeling good and then my teammates just kept finding me. I didn’t really create very much for myself, my teammates were driving and finding me the ball. Most of my shots were wide open shots,” said Monson.
Of Olympus’ 31 field goals, 26 were assisted, with Miles Keller leading the way with 10 assists.
“That’s the makeup of our team, we really share the ball. We’ve got five guys that can score and shoot it,” said Barnes.
Monson and Matt Lindsay did most of the shooting, with Lindsay adding 16 points to go along with his seven points and five assists.
With the victory, Olympus advances to Wednesday’s quarterfinals at the University of Utah and will face Orem at 5:50 p.m.
After making 11 3-pointers at the Dee Events Center, you can bet the Titans are reluctant to be changing venues for the quarterfinals.
“It’s Game 1 and it’s great to get a game in like that and now we’re going to Utah and a different venue,” said Barnes. “Seen a lot of teams come in here and play great Game 1 and Game 2 fall flat a little bit so we’ve got to keep the momentum going.”
Max Watson led Box Elder with 16 points in the loss, with Darius McFarland adding 15.
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