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Published: Sunday, Feb. 27 2011 12:10 a.m. MST

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Hoops Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Congratulations, Wasatch. You deserved the win tonight, and you've made your hometown very proud. What a pleasure to watch your "Team Together" style and attitude and to see you play over the years.

just-a-fan
Bountiful, UT

nd we always thought wasatch was a wrestling school only, great job you guys.

WeberCatBasketballFan
Midway, UT

Congratulations young men! Countless hours in the gym and traveling all over the place to play basketball has paid off again. You seniors graduated having never lost a game in the Nest! Thanks to Butch (Gordon) Murdock also for the countless hours and expense invested in these young men since they were in 7th grade.

rogerdodger
Logan, UT

Good job Wasatch. Ugly game but great for the school

yankees27
Heber, Utah

Ya, kind of an ugly game, but defensive contests usually are. And as in the article, you'll read the coach mention that defense wins championships. The Wasp D was awesome, holding Morgan to 33 a nignt after they went off for 86 against Desert Hills. Evans was a non-factor the whole game and looked very frustrated by Mike Browns tenacious D! It seems that every game a different kid stepped up and Saturday, it was the team as a whole. Pelo deserves way more mention than he has been receiving, after watching this tourney, he had my vote for MVP, taking nothing away from Brown, I just think that Pelo was the more dominant force during these last 3 games. Great job all around though.

It was awesome seeing both crowds. I think that is the first time all year someone has matched the Wasatch crowd. Congrats to Morgan, you had a great run, and your community should be proud.

Hoops Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Yankee, I think it's tough to single out one player on a team like Wasatch, with players who fill a variety of roles. However, if you're going to do it, you have to look at the total picture, and I think that DNews got it right. As your comment states, Brown completely shut down Casey Evans, who was/is the leading scorer in 3A. In the semi-finals, it's true that Pelo was the highest scorer, but why did he have that opportunity? Because Brown and Murdock were taking the brunt of the Judge defensive focus. Brown is a player that shifts his game to fit whatever his team might need for the night, be it defense, offense, or both.

Pelo played a great tournament, no question. However, while scoring was pretty even overall, Brown had more rebounds and steals than Pelo. Brown is also more of the leader and sparkplug for the team. Most people who know him, though, would say that Brown is the last person to focus on this type of debate. He's a team player through and through and would gladly take the win over any kind of recognition.

1A 1WAY
Cedar Hills, UT

I have to agree with yankees27. If blocks were an officially kept stat on the high school level, Pelo would have been challenging records. I don't buy that his big scoring effort in the semifinals was due to Judge keying in on Brown and Murdock. Granted I did not have the opportunity to watch that game, I heard Judge was in a standard man defense the whole game. Was I mislead?

Now don't get me wrong here, as I am not trying to take anything away from Brown. For the whole year he is the runaway MVP. But for the three games at tournament Pelo played better, and deserved more credit.

The kid has a chance to be the best player in 3A next year if he works hard.

HS Hoops Lover
Salt Lake, UT

1A 1WAY: Mike Brown led his team in this tournament in rebounds and steals. He also blocked (not swats but deflections) two of Casey Evans shots in the final. He shut down the opposing team's leading scorer in each game (blocks not required because Evans could not get the ball or get a shot off). If he had not shut down Evans, that 1 point lead may have been a 2 or 3 possession deficit. Finally, one little not previously mentioned point; with only a 1 point lead and the state championship in jeopardy, Mike Brown took control and scored 10 points in the first 6 minutes of the 4th quarter! That alone was the single most VALUABLE contribution of the championship without question. Oh, and by the way, Judge was running a triangle and two (two defenders man to man on Brown and Murdock). One final thing noticeable on the television coverage, Mike Brown directing, leading and encouraging his team in the time outs!

yankees27
Heber, Utah

@ HS Hoops:, I don't know if "took control" is the right terminology or not. Brown, finally making some shots might be the better description. You have to remember in the first half he took some "Jimmer range" 3's one that led to a long pass down court to a wide open easy bucket for Morgan. Again, I think Brown is a great player, no doubt, but Pelo just seemed to have it EVERY game in the tourney. Brown should be the 3A MVP, and Pelo should have been the tourney MVP, that's all I'm saying. I don't have a son on the team (he wrestles) and I don't know any of the players personally, so I'm not trying to knock any of them, I think they ALL did a fantastic job and worked together as a TEAM. And I don't know about the TV coverage because I was there! So, I was able to see the whole game, played out live as I did EVERY one of the tourney games.

1A 1WAY
Cedar Hills, UT

Let me make it clear, I in no way want to marginalize Brown's efforts.
Brown is an incredible player, and the intention of my comments were to boast Pelo (whom I felt was being overlooked), and not to tear down Brown.
HS Hoops Lover brings up some great points that I had not considered, and I have to say his argument is stronger than my own, and thus I must concede.
Congratulations to him, and to the whole Wasatch squad!

Hoops Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

I hope I was also clear that I think Pelo played extremely well, is very talented, and was an important part of the Wasatch victories. My point was simply that when you have several players who perform well and you're choosing one to receive an award, you have to look at the overall picture. Points scored is only one factor and in this case, Brown and Pelo were nearly tied (Pelo--46 v. Brown--45). Where Brown set himself apart, in my opinion, was in his defense (steals and shutting down opposing scorers).

btw, yankees27, I think that Brown took two "Jimmer Range" 3s in the first half. The first one he made and was on the news highlights, and the second he missed with about 2 seconds left on the clock. That one was clearly a shot he shouldn't have taken, but Morgan didn't score as a result. Still, debating these points is starting to feel like we're pitting two teammates against one another, something neither of them would want. The entire team deserves credit for bringing home the trophy and that's where we should be focusing. Good job, boys!

HS Hoops Lover
Salt Lake, UT

1A 1 Way, thank you for your comments, you are a class act. It is really just my opinion but I was trying to point out what I think the knowledgeable people making the decision were looking at. I think, Hoops Fan, that it is time to chalk it up to knowing the game of basketball vs commenting based upon feelings and impressions. I think (not positive) Brown was like 5/10 from the field (50% is quite good) and 7/8 from the line. Everyone that knows Mike and his ability knows (as the writer said "That's about the time Brown took over the game. He scored on three straight possessions, each one pushing Wasatch's lead from two to four points.") that he took control. I also don't think that the admitted wrestling fan understands the gravity of putting up 10 points in like four minutes of a one possession game. I attended all three games in person but having a comcast DVR, I did see Brown take two "Jimmer" threes and make one as well as heard Brittain Johson make a similar analysis of Brown's game.

WeberCatBasketballFan
Midway, UT

This turned out with what I thought was an awesome result! Matt Pelo's contribution was recognized by the DN! He was named prep athlete of the week! Good job Matt, way to play team ball and deliver when you were called upon!

yankees27
Heber, Utah

@HS Hoops Liver, so you are the knowledgeable one? So anyone that agrees with your diatribe is "knowledgeable"? And only those that concede to you are "classy"? Come on, dude! Grow up! This comment started out as an OPINION that one guy had a better tourney than the guy that was named MVP. Nothing more. I was stating that my son wrestles so that you all would know that I don't have any vested interest in any one player winning an award over another, I was just stating what not only myself but many other fans were saying as well. And guess what? Most of them are former players and true BB fans. How many Long range 3 he took/made doesn't really matter. I pointed out that one of them led to any easy outlet pass and bucket(look at your dvr)so I was saying that "taking control" wasn't the right term, that FINALLY making some shots was probably the better term. At least I admit that I'm not related to or have any interest in, who wins the award. Can you?

HS Hoops Lover
Salt Lake, UT

OK, some facts and I am done. I called the sports writer knowledgeable, the sports writer did not agree with me. I called 1A a class act because he had the integrity to state that he changed his mind, not because he agreed. Many who would change their mind still might not admit it. So, misconstruing calling a sports writer knowledgeable because said writer somehow agreed with me and being defensive about commending someone for admitting they changed their mind (like that was somehow implying that if someone did not change their mind they are not classy) doesn't seem a bit childish? Who needs to grow up? Agreeing with Hoops Fan, re-stating what the writer said and pointing out what the TV commentator said is diatribe. But using terms like "a number of" when it is two and FINALLY when the shooting percentage prior to that was pretty good is not diatribe? Thanks again 1A, best of luck in the 1A tournament. Congratulations to Matt Pelo for Prep of the Week! You deserved it! Kudos to the Deseret News for noticing Matt's contribution last week!

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