The real key was coming in with a defensive game plan the guys were focused on and really executed well. —Corner Canyon head coach Dan Lunt
PROVO — Forcing the home team into two timeouts with just over four minutes played in a basketball game is almost always a positive sign for a visiting opponent, and such was the case for Corner Canyon when visiting Timpview on Tuesday.
A well-executed game plan, good focus from the players and an avalanche of early 3-pointers set the Chargers off to a commanding 21-6 lead after one quarter, en route to a 68-54 win. Four straight 3-pointers, two each from Gabe Toombs and Ammon Jensen, built a quick 12-2 lead with just under three minutes played, with Timpview unable to cut the lead to single digits for the remaining 29 minutes.
But as good as his offense was coming out, Chargers coach Dan Lunt was quick to turn the attention to the defense.
"Sure, we shot it well, but the real key was coming in with a defensive game plan the guys were focused on and really executed well," Lunt said. "It made it tough for them to score and really worked well to take them out of their game."
Corner Canyon's lead expanded to 38-14 at the half, while holding Timpview star and BYU commit Hunter Erickson to just four points scored and Nate Hansen to just two.
"We really wanted to focus on those two guys and make it tough for them to score, and our guys did an outstanding job of it," Lunt said. "They're both very good players. It's not easy to limit anything they do, so a big credit to our guys tonight."
Lunt pointed out Blake Emery, John Mitchell, Parker Miller and Josh Christensen as players specifically used to rotate the tough defensive assignments on both Timpview leading scorers.
The second half saw Corner Canyon's scoring shift from perimeter-oriented to more on the low post, led by 6-foot-8 forward Hayden Welling and his team-high 18 points.
"He did a great job inside, but it's really a credit to the movement of the ball on the outside and giving him good looks inside," Lunt said. "Hayden was able to get some easy shots, but to his credit, he made them."
Toombs added 14 points for the Chargers and Mitchell added 12.
Erickson woke up a bit in the second half and finished with 18 points, but most of them came late, after the game was pretty much decided.
With the win, Corner Canyon improves to 9-5 on the season and 2-0 in Region 7 play. While beating Timpview by impressive fashion on the road, Lunt is encouraged, while understanding there's a long way to go.
"Right now we're fortunate to be where we're at, but we can't rest and need to keep improving each and every game," Lunt said. "Next up is a tough game against Alta, and we have to be ready for that and work to be better than we were tonight."
Timpview falls to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in Region 7 play with the loss.