OGDEN — Region 17 boasts a pretty fair number of sharpshooters, and St. Joseph showed off its arsenal on Monday evening in a 68-28 rout of Oakley on the Jayhawks’ home court.
We have a good team, one of the best I’ve been fortunate to coach,” said veteran coach Chad Loosemore. “This is a fun group of guys. We’ve got eight or nine seniors, and they can really shoot it.”
St. Joseph made nine 3-pointers and used 11 steals to pull away from Oakley early on. The Jayhawks led 32-5 at halftime.
Mitch Koehler led St. Joseph with 13 points, while Nick Gruet added 11 points. Zack Johnstun added seven points and 10 boards, and Ty Evans finished with six points and eight rebounds.
Sebastian Pomeroy and David Donlevy each had five points and five assists.
“We pulled our press off quickly,” Loosemore said. “I was really glad to see the kids come back from a tough defeat to West Ridge and played well in terms of what we’re trying to achieve.
“Oakley is a better team than they showed; they just had a bad shooting night,” Loosemore said.
Garrett Bolton led Oakley with 13 points.
The Jayhawks (3-1 in region, 6-4 overall) play at rival Layton Christian (4-0, 4-7) on Friday night. Loosemore said the defending 1-A champions aren’t as much of an inside team as a season ago, but will still be a huge challenge for the Jayhawks.
“The region is very good this year,” Loosemore said. “So we’re fighting tooth and nail to get one of the four playoff sports. “It will be close all the way with West Ridge, Legacy Prep and Intermountain Christian.
“Layton Christian is one of the best in the state. And we’re battling these other teams for playoff sports. These will be tough games all the way.”
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Senior guard Conner Toolson had a team-high 22-point performance, including going 6-of-6 from 3-point land. The Knights had 13 3-pointers overall.
Nick Emery finished with 20 points and five rebounds, while TJ Haws had 18 points, six rebounds and five steals, and Eric Mika finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.