ALPINE — Nick Emery scored from everywhere on the court, setting a Lone Peak scoring record with 39 points and leading the Knights to an 83-53 victory over Cottonwood. Teammate and fellow Cougar commit TJ Haws added 22 points.
Over the summer, Emery's AAU coach Golden Holt had the audacity to compare the junior-to-be to BYU legend Jimmer Fredette. During Lone Peak's opening game of the season, he did his best Jimmer imitation, showing little to no conscience, letting go of shots from well beyond the arc.
Like Jimmer, however, almost everything he put up found its way through the net.
"He's strong enough that he shoots a 24-footer like it's a 10-footer," said coach Quincy Lewis.
Emery hit 7-of-10 3-pointers in all, including four in the third quarter alone which saw the Knights explode out of the halftime locker room. They took a 39-22 lead and with just over two minutes left in the third quarter, saw that lead increase to 52-22.
"Wherever I feel open — I don't think (about being) deep enough — but wherever I feel open, and hopefully it goes in," said Emery.
Emery wasn't doing it just from the arc either. He showed no hesitation taking the ball to the basket, taking contact and getting to the line. He did so twice to complete three-point plays.
"One thing about Nick is that he's worked hard to improve his body," said Lewis. "He takes contact well, so it's hard — if you're going to foul him, then he can finish those things."
Haws contributed seven points to Lone Peak's 13-0 run at the start of the second half, including the run's first three-points, knocking down a shot from the top of the key. He also contributed a breakaway dunk during the run that sent the Lone Peak crowd into a frenzy.
With a 71-38 lead, both Emery and Haws left the game with just under five minutes left in the contest, having contributed all but ten of Lone Peak's points.
When asked if he liked his two marquee players dominating the box score in such a fashion, Lewis bluntly answered, "no."
"It's not going to happen all season, obviously," said Emery about him and Haws dominating the box score. "Guys are going to get up — we have a lot of scorers. Brody (Berry), Talon (Shumway), and Chase (Hansen) are playing really good right now, so it will be good for us to get the ball to them and have them do more of the scoring."
For Shumway and Hansen specifically, they're still adjusting from having just completed a full football season. During the game, they both struggled with adjusting to a sport with far less contact, as Shumway collected three first-half fouls and Hansen fouled out of the game.
"We have some football guys that are still getting into the flow," said Lewis. "Talon Shumway will be back, and Chase is still learning how to catch a basketball, so we'll get better balanced as the season goes. But right now, that's probably the best we can expect."2 comments on this story
Other than the lopsided contributions, Lewis believes his team could afford to utilize more ball movement.
"Second half was better," said Lewis about the ball movement. "In the first half, I had to tell our guys that we don't have an eight-second shot clock. We can move the ball and we'll get better at that."
Cottonwood was led on the night by senior forward Braxton Budo with 16 points. With the loss, the Colts fall to 1-2 on the year and will next take on Davis. Lone Peak moves to 1-0 on the year and will next take on Colorado prep powerhouse Denver East at Orem high school this coming Thursday.