PLAIN CITY — Basketball is a team game and Tyler Roberts and Jake Howe played their parts to perfection Friday evening.
Roberts was Mr. Inside, scoring 26 points on 10 buckets in the paint and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line, while his Woods Cross teammate Howe was Mr. Outside, with 17 points on five 3-pointers and a pair of charity tosses.
The dynamic Wildcat duo led the way but had a lot of help as Woods Cross pulled away in the second half to record a 67-51 non-region road victory over Fremont.
A 6-foot-5 junior power forward, Roberts played a balanced game, tallying six points in each of the first two quarters and seven points in both periods after the break.
“It’s all about my teammates. I don’t bring the ball up, so someone has to get me the ball, then I made the right decisions,” Roberts said. “I was just focused on winning the game; I have a short-term memory, just go play by play.”
Howe opened the game with a 3, then added another just before the half as Woods Cross took a 20-16 lead in to the locker room.
He splashed home a trio of 3s in the third quarter but Fremont wouldn’t go away, closing the gap to 39-34 at the end of the period when Dallin Hall converted his second and-one with 0.7 ticks left.
Woods Cross (2-1) then settled matters, opening the fourth stanza on an 18-8 run to go up 57-42 with two minutes left in the game.
“We’re concentrating on defense, making sure we get stops and rebounds, so we took care of that, then on the other end, play together as a team; get the ball in the post and do the basics we do well,” Woods Cross coach Jeff Jorgensen said. “We’re just a team with a bunch of kids trying to get better game by game, to see what we need to do as a basketball team.”
Bradt Jerman had 10 points for the Wildcats, all in the fourth quarter, which helped to fuel the run that put the things out of reach.
Hall scored 21 points for the Silver Wolves (1-1), knocking down a pair of 3s and was also perfect from the stripe, going 5 of 5 from the line.
Baylor Harrop checked in with 13 points for Fremont, including nine in the third quarter when the contest was still in doubt.