Boys basketball: Slow start dooms Fremont in loss to torrid Copper Hills

Thursday , March 01, 2018 - 9:33 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — They survived one hot-shooting team, but the Silver Wolves couldn’t survive another.

Copper Hills sent Fremont home from the 6A state tournament earlier than it would’ve liked, handing the Region 1 champions a 65-53 loss in Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Huntsman Center.

The telling statistic is this: the Grizzlies shot 65.6 percent from the floor (21 of 32). Fremont head coach Corey Melaney said a team won’t win a lot of games when its opponent shoots like that.

Copper Hills head coach Andrew Blanchard was asked if his team had shot that well in a game this year.

“I doubt it, I don’t think we have. The 3s we took were wide-open,” he said.

It was a slow first quarter that doomed Fremont (18-6) and forced the Silver Wolves to play from behind the entire game.

They led 4-0 early, had a couple chances to make it 6-0 — then Copper Hills couldn’t be stopped. The Grizzlies hit a pair of early 3-pointers from way beyond line. They couldn’t miss.

Contrastly, the Silver Wolves shot 26.9 percent in the first half and 38.2 percent in the game. It was still early enough, early in the second quarter when Copper Hills led 18-4, for Fremont to get a foothold in the game.

Tige Voorhees knocked down a 3-pointer that gave Fremont some life, and the Silver Wolves closed that 18-4 deficit to 25-19 at halftime.

But Fremont had to contend with Trevon Allfrey, the Grizzlies’ 6-foot-7 center who particularly kept the scoreboard operator and public address announcer busy with a 31-point, eight-rebound performance despite Fremont’s frequent zone defense looks.

Dallin Hall scored the first bucket of the second half, starting a stretch where the Silver Wolves scored on six of their first eight possessions and cut the deficit to 31-30.

But Copper Hills’ hot shooting didn’t cool down after the trip to the locker room. The Grizzlies went 11 of 16 from the floor and 15 of 19 from the free-throw line in the second half.

“I’m proud of our guys, proud of their effort, they battled,” Fremont head coach Corey Melaney said.

It was similar to Tuesday when Hillcrest had a good shooting game against Fremont, but in that game, the Silver Wolves didn’t trail by 14 points in the first half. They kept it close the whole way.

Baylor Harrop scored a team-high 15 points with five rebounds, doing all he could to try and will Fremont back.

Hall scored 10 of his 14 points in a fourth-quarter stretch that saw Fremont come within a 55-49 deficit with under two minutes left, but was hindered by Copper Hills’ length until that point.

Everybody was.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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