Boys basketball: Weber can’t climb Van Komen peak in exit to Pleasant Grove

Thursday , March 01, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Standard-Examiner correspondent

SALT LAKE CITY — Weber had a big mountain to climb Thursday, as in No. 2-seed Pleasant Grove and its 7-foot-3 center Matt Van Komen.

The Warriors’ season came to an end with a 64-49 quarterfinal loss to the Vikings in the boys 6A tournament at the University of Utah.

Van Komen’s 18-point, 11-rebound, six-block performance — and his overall influence in the middle — offset a valiant Warrior effort, coming on the heels of a first-round upset of No. 1-seed Kearns on Tuesday.

“You have to work around him the best you can. That being said, I was proud of our guys,” Weber coach Ryan Jones said. “We didn’t back down. We held him to his average. He didn’t dominate the game, but made it difficult to get into the paint and score, so we had to rely on our perimeter stuff.”

Unfortunately for the Warriors, the outside game wasn’t working early and they fell behind 18-9 at the end of the first quarter.

“We fell behind early. We needed to knock down some shots to get our confidence going and we weren’t able to do that, and spent the rest of the game trying to dig out of that hole,” Jones said.

Van Komen only had five points at the half as Weber played him straight up most of the time.

“I was proud of Kobe (Furqueron) and the other bigs who guarded him. That was our game plan, to do the best we could and not let him get into position. We weren’t doubling down on him, so that speaks a lot to our guys,” Jones said.

Weber almost played the Vikings to a draw in the second half but found the big halftime deficit too big to overcome.

Hudson Schenck did what he could for the Warriors, scoring 14 points while dishing out seven assists.

“I played pretty good overall; just disappointed we couldn’t come out with a win,” Schenck said. “They were leaving our guys open on the outside, we just needed to hit more shots.”

The Warriors shot 36 percent for the game and totaled only four free-throw attempts.

“It’s tough to ask your kids to go into the middle and attack that,” Jones said. “I’m very proud of our guys; this doesn’t happen much for Weber, so to get to the next round shows what kind of guys they are. We just compete, and it was just a matter of getting some shots to fall.”

Furqueron finished with 11 points for the Warriors. Braedon Iverson totaled 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals.

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