Thursday , March 01, 2018 - 6:36 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — It wasn’t a relentless barrage of scoring that buried Davis, such like the stretches Olympus has put together in the 5A tournament and like the ones Lone Peak has used in a lot of its 20 wins this year.
This was slow, steady, calculated, demoralizing, frustrating, times two and then some. Lone Peak (21-3) wore Davis (17-8) right out of the Huntsman Center in Thursday’s 6A quarterfinals, beating the Darts 72-48 to set up a Friday semifinal against Layton.
“We knew it was going to be a tough matchup for us, I thought the difference was the offensive glass, we couldn’t end possessions,” Davis head coach Chad Sims said.
That difference was a 21-7 advantage for Lone Peak on offensive rebounds that translated into a 29-6 edge for the Knights in second-chance points.
Sure, Lone Peak averages 75.3 points per game on offense, but the Knights took it to Davis defensively. Their speed — particularly Lone Peak guards Chantry Ross and Steven Ashworth whom Sims called ‘phenomenal’ — made the Darts uncomfortable on offense and emphasized good ball movement.
That’s what the Darts did early. It helped them work through Lone Peaks’ defensive strengths, but only for a while. The Knights reeled off a 6-0 run at the end of the first quarter that turned into a 12-0 run and about a four-minute scoreless streak for Davis.
Tyson Garff scored a basket with 5:20 left in the second quarter; by that time, Lone Peak led 23-10 and extended it to 35-18 at halftime.
Garff led the Darts with 16 points while Rich Stucki scored 12.
Lone Peak’s other strength was rebounding, where the Knights held a 41-25 edge overall and converted it into the 29 second-chance points. Its other huge statistical advantage came with a 20-8 edge in points off turnovers.
“We had 21 offensive rebounds. That was huge, I want to say the rebounds was the biggest thing, also our help-side defense was very, very good tonight,” Lone Peak head coach David Evans said.
The Darts played straight up with Lone Peak for most of the second half, but they were always playing from behind and the Knights never allowed Davis a chance.
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