It’s hard to win. People don’t understand how hard it is to win, and these guys time after time have stepped up. —Olympus head coach Matt Barnes
SALT LAKE CITY — Viewmont’s hope for an upset of No. 1 Olympus went out the window pretty fast on Wednesday night at the University of Utah.
The Titans made seven 3-pointers the first quarter, finished with 15, and absolutely dominated from start to finish for the emphatic 86-45 victory over a stunned Viewmont team in the 5A quarterfinals.
For an Olympus team that averaged 84 points coming into the game, Wednesday’s performance was just another day at the office for Olympus — but one they don’t take for granted.
“We talk about appreciate winning. It’s hard to win, people don’t understand how hard it is to win, and these guys time after time have stepped up. We’re only 2-0, hopefully try and get two more,” said Olympus coach Matt Barnes.
Jeremy Dowdell led the way for the Titans, scoring 22 of his game-high 24 points in the first half on six 3-pointers, while Rylan Jones came one rebound away from a triple-double with 16 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
With the win Olympus advances to Friday’s 5A semifinal and will face Bountiful at 4 p.m.
The Titans buried Viewmont early, building a 29-11 lead after the first quarter and stretching it to 51-27 by halftime.
“We love playing fast, we always want to come out with urgency and start off the game really hot and get a big lead so teams can’t slow us down, so they have to come from behind and chase,” said Dowdell, who set a new school record with his 187th career 3-pointer at Olympus.
That broke the previous record of 183 3-pointers by Shaun Green from 2002 to 2005.
The 15 3-pointers Olympus made on Wednesday extended its state record 270 3-pointers this season, and the Vikings had no answer defensively for the onslaught.
“These guys are the best group of guys you could ever coach, they care about winning, and they’re so confident and so down to earth, they love to play and love to play with each other,” said Barnes.
Dowdell said the camaraderie “all starts with Rylan Jones. He loves getting people involved.”
Like Dowdell, Jones also etched his name into the record books with Wednesday’s near triple-double. Jones’ 11 assists give him 252 for the season, tying the state record set by Ogden’s Brian Moore back in the 1988-1989 season.
“He plays the whole game, you talk about a triple-double, but he’s tough defensively, he takes charges, he rebounds, he defends, he’s a great scorer,” said Barnes. “With so many great shooters, he’s the catalyst.”