If we can have it scattered like we did tonight it’s pretty hard to guard us. —Corner Canyon coach Dan Lunt
DRAPER — Two games into the season, Corner Canyon coach Dan Lunt is really pleased with the balance he’s seeing from his team.
A night after beating Highland with three players in double figures, the Chargers had four players reach double digits in the semifinals of the Corner Canyon Tournament of Champions as they rolled past Riverton for a 75-56 victory.
Corner Canyon knocked down 10 3-pointers, including seven in the first half as it built a 40-28 halftime lead.
“That’s back to back games we’ve filled it up like that. It’s only game two, I think we’re better tonight than we were last night, and we’ve just got to keep taking a little bit of a step forward and we’ll see what happens,” said Corner Canyon coach Dan Lunt.
“If we can have it scattered like we did tonight it’s pretty hard to guard us.”
Riverton had the upper hand early as Ben Neilson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the visitors the early 10-8 lead, but that’s when Corner Canyon caught fire from behind the arc.
Its last five buckets of the first quarter were 3-pointers, and then its first two buckets of the second quarter also came from long range as Corner Canyon opened up a 33-22 lead midway through the quarter.
“We’ve got four great shooters than you can’t leave open, and if you leave one open you’ve got to gamble. It’s exciting,” said Lunt.
Riverton made things interesting early in the third quarter as it opened with a 7-2 run to trim the lead to 42-35. Lunt cautioned his team about a quick start from Riverton, but it still happened.
“We talked about that at halftime about coming out and re-establishing who’s in charge and we kind of let it slip away there a little bit. We had to take a timeout and the kids responded,” said Lunt.
Corner Canyon closed the third quarter on a 19-7 run to put the game out of reach.
The Chargers will face Bountiful in the championship game of the Corner Canyon Tournament on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Tournament life is something Corner Canyon will do a lot of this month. After this weekend, it will play in the Utah Elite 8 at American Fork next week and then the Chick-Fil-A Classic in South Carolina the week before Christmas.
“We’re going to have an opportunity to play in some tournaments in the preseason and test us, and more importantly test our mental toughness because that’s where we need improving,” said Lunt.