High school boys basketball: 3A boys basketball state tournament capsules

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 11:09 a.m. MST

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2013-2014 Schedule

Coach: Shawn Faux (2nd year)

How qualified: Third in Region 10 with 3-5 record

Playoff opener: at Pine View, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 69-53 win vs. Hillcrest on Dec. 4.

Most important region victory: An 82-73 win at Stansbury on Feb. 5.

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#32 Justin Pollmann, Sr., Guard (20.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.2 spg)

#25 Tyler Lawrence, Jr., Guard (13.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg)

#23 Ace Hymas, So., Forward (7.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg)

#12 Matt Memmott, So., Guard (5.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

#15 Ryan Brady, So., Guard (3.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg)

Scoring offense: 60.5 ppg (3rd in 3A)

Scoring defense: 65.7 ppg (22nd in 3A)

Last state championship: 2005

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Pine View in first round

Edward’s evaluation: Tooele hasn’t played first-round foe Pine View yet this season, but in games against other upper-tier 3A teams, the Buffaloes have routinely lost by double digits. The problem has usually been defense as Tooele sits last in 3A in scoring defense at 65.7 ppg. Senior guard Justin Pollmann leads 3A in scoring with 20.1 ppg, and he’ll likely need to go off for 35-plus for Tooele to pull off the first-round upset.
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Saint George, UT

Region 9 is the toughest region in 3a and the will have a lot to say about the who wins the state title I think the teams down south are under rated go panthers

Payson, UT

People can say what they want about the supposed "Southern Utah Hex" when northern teams play down south. However anyone looking at the record of referee's and fouls can judge for themselves. One team in particular in the last tournament in Dixie had a record of fouls 38-12 and I am sure that there were others equally as lopsided. Please with this tournament use refs from northern Utah for the home teams and vica versa... and please let the UHSAA make sure that this tournament is called fairly. Let the players decide the outcome, not the referees.

St. George, UT

@ Dallas8

Southern Utah teams get bad referring every time the tourney is up North. The fact is that high school refs aren't very good and there are always bad calls just like there were last year at Weber State. I think the game you are referring to was a game in which the less talented team from up North tried to "muscle up" the better team from the South, which is why there was such a difference in the fouls. I doubt it was 38-12.

Payson, UT

If you are doubting the foul count, all you have to do is check the records for the tourney in St. George. Pretty sure it speaks for itself. As far as muscling up... I don't know what you are talking about, but thanks...

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