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Published: Friday, Jan. 28 2011 11:37 p.m. MST

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Brighton Alum
Salt Lake City, UT

I am writing this on behalf of several of our friends who are East families...but I will mention that I spoke to another friend who is a Woods Cross fan that was in attendace as well who agreed. It will be interesting to see if it is posted. There seems to be several issues with the article... including the "miracle shot" which everyone agrees (including the Woods Cross fan) was a good second after the buzzer and really changed the tone of the game as teams hit the locker room and the description of play between Sophomores Hunsaker and Van Dyke. The article states that Van Dyke was "averaging just over 18 points a game" and Hunsaker was assigned to stop him and "was able to do so with complete success". It seems Van Dyke ended up with 17 points--just about a point under his average. Not really sure that would qualify as complete success. And just to clarify for those reading this...we are close to 3 families that are at East--and the Van Dyke family is not among them.

Sportsman
Sandy, Ut

re:Brighton Alum.
I was at the game and the shot was late, but the refs let it stand so that all that counts.It didn't change the tone of the game as WX had gone a huge run to end the half and this just added to make a 12 point lead.As for the defense on Van Dyke that was completely true in the first half as it states in the article,most of his points came when the game was out of hand.The Hunsaker kid did a great job, give him his props.Van Dyke is a heck of player who can create his own shot and drives to hole with authority, he will have another shot at Hunsaker/East on Feb 22nd @ East in the last game of the season. He might need a big game to save their playoff hopes.High School sports are really awesome and fun to watch.

Brighton Alum
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: Sportsman
Like I mentioned earlier I was not at the game but all my "sources" (including the Woods Cross source) all stand firmly by their opinions. They all truly believe that the late shot gave a big mental edge to Woodscross and also pushed the lead into double digits which is another psychological advantage. The consensus on the Van Dyke situation is that he missed a few shots in the first half but it was simply because he missed them--he still got several good open looks at the hoop and missed a few shots that he usually makes. The belief is that Hunsaker did a decent job on defense but the articles despription of "complete success" really overstates things. To be fair Woods Cross does deserve "props" and from what I am told those should go to Bankowski, Jordan Jensen and Ryan Anderson--the last two who are not even mentioned in the article.

Sportsman
Sandy, Ut

I agree that there could have been a psychological advantage by WX after the shot, but it was clear that East was fading fast and with their bigs in foul trouble and Bankowski dominating the paint it was only a matter of time before the game got out of hand.It could be a completely different situation next time they play. It was Bankowski's night,and yes those other players and it fact the whole WX team played well, but I am sure time and space are takin into consideration for any article written on sports. You can't mention them all.

Sportsman
Sandy, Ut

Re:Brighton Alum

Just read this quote on BYU'S loss to New Mexico today.It sounds like the same situation in this article. It not how many points you score, but when and how.Hunsaker changed Van Dyke's game, no big deal, Van Dyke's a great player and will have to adjust next time they play.
Here's the quote.
Snell also made things tough during the opening half for BYU's standout scorer, Jimmer Fredette, who finished with 32 points but with Snell in his face had just five through the first 17 minutes.

Lobos coach Steve Alford said the idea was to use Snell's rangy 6-foot-7 frame to wear down Fredette.

"Coach told me it was a big assignment for me," Snell said. "He told me to use my length and maybe that would bother him a little bit, and I just did my best. He's a great player. Oh, man. It was a hard assignment for me."

brighton Pride
salt lake city, utah

sportsman,

You must have a lot of respect for VanDyke to mention him with Jimmer Fredette. I have watched all this kids for the last 5 years in AAU Hunsaker is a good player however I have also seen VanDyke play alot. VanDyke is a complete player he truly makes all of his teamates better that is why East is having success this year. If VanDyke wanted to he could score 30 plus almost every game. I didn't see the game but I know both Hunsaker and VanDyke well and I will tell you if VanDyke wanted to he could have scored 30 plus so I find in highly unlikely that he successfuly shut VanDyke down especaily when he scored another consented 17 points a game which he has done all year. Both Hunsaker and VanDyke are two of the best sophmores in the state.

Brighton Alum
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: Sportsman
I made a deal with my buddies...I will respond one final time on their behalf in our friendly debate and they will sign up for accounts so they can speak for themselves on the comments board.

Here is where they stand. They agree that there will always be missed/wrong calls in a game and you can't blame a loss on that. They freely admit that overall Woods Cross played great & East played poorly but they respectfully disagree on the Van Dyke situation to quote "Van Dykes game was not changed--he got open and got off the shots he wanted. They just didn't fall". As for when and how they say his shots were not in garbage time & came during the same stretch when Bankowski scored most.
Their issues are really more with the article then the game itself. It was this reason that I even commented in the first place as I too have been frustrated at times with how an article will describe a particular game. Clearly people can watch the same game yet see things very differently.

Sports Writer
Woods Cross, UT

I can't even believe this is being debated by someone "for their friends". Maybe your friends didn't see that no one in the gym short of the school cop with a firearm was going to be able to stop Bankowski. He absolutely dominated that game like he should have. WX's coach was insane for keeping him out of the post all year. He was an all-state center last year playing the post, so why would you change that? I can't wait to see Bankowski blowing 92 mile an hour fastballs by East come March. Then maybe your friends will have you commenting on that article too and how it didn't mention the catcher for being on the field, or an equally ridiculous remark.

Brighton Alum
Salt Lake City, UT

Sports Writer--
Not sure I really see where all your animosity is coming from or really what problem you have with the ongoing debate. There is no where in any of these comments (from me or anyone else) where anyone has said anything against Bankowski. In an earlier comment I even gave him credit.
I enjoy having spirited yet overall friendly debates on these comment boards and as I mentioned earlier I was willing to do this "for my friends" (heaven forbid) because I could relate to their frustration over the way some parts of the article portrayed the game.

From your comment it seems you have some real frustration with the way Bankowski is being used this season and maybe that is where the anger comes from because there has not been anything posted that even really relates to the complaints in your comment.

WXcat
Bountiful, UT

Your saying that Woods Cross's coach is insane is true. WX has so much talent come through there they should be +3-4 more wins a season. Trust me. I played for him.

Brighton Alum
Salt Lake City, UT

Sportsman--
I enjoyed our back and forth and will look foward to more in the future. I appreciate the way you debate and present your point of view.

banks
Woods Cross, UT

Actually there was no anger in it. Your incessant rambling in place of your friends who apparently don't have the skills necessary to operate a computer was actually what I was making fun of. Apparently you missed the point. The article highlighted the best player on a team that blew out another team. Van Dyke clearly was shut down throughout three quarters and did not contribute like he normally does until the game was out of hand. That Brighton education seems to be paying off though, so at least you have that going for you.

brighton Pride
salt lake city, utah

banks,
you cannot be serious no anger at least be honest.
High School basketball is a great time for everyone. It is great for the fans the coaches the players parents and the kids playing. You and your kid if you have one playing will enjoy it alot more if you leave the anger behind. The upcoming state tourny is going to be awesome can't wait. Good luck to WX, East and all the teams and all the players

Sportsman
Sandy, Ut

Re:Brighton Alum

Thanks, it has been nice conversing with you as well.

As a Brighton alum do you know if current player and a pretty prolific scorer in his own right Corbin Miller has had any scholarship offers?

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