Tonight: Lone Peak renews hoops rivalry with American Fork
Published: January 20, 2012 08:12AM
Updated: January 20, 2012 08:12AM
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Djamila Grossman | The Salt Lake Tribune Lone Peak High School's Talon Shumway, 21, drives toward the basket as Brighton High School's Corbin Miller, 15, guards him, during a game at Lone Peak, Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Lone Peak won the game.

Lone Peak and American Fork are two of the best high school boys basketball teams in the state, neighborhood rivals who produce some of the best players in the West and battled for the Class 5-A state championship last season.

Finally, they meet again.

The Knights play host to the Cavemen at 7 on Friday night, aiming for a fourth straight victory after taking all three meetings last season — including the title game.

The No. 1 Knights are 11-2, behind high-scoring junior guard Nick Emery, the younger brother of former Brigham Young star Jackson Emery who averages nearly 25 points per game. Junior guard Talon Shumway and sophomore swingman T.J. Haws (another Cougar younger brother who’s committed to BYU) also are top players on a team that has played much of its schedule against out-of-state opponents and held their last three in-state foes under 40 points.

Meanwhile, the No. 3-ranked Cavemen are 11-1, with senior guards Quincy Bair and Marcel Davis — both committed to play at Utah State — leading four players who average in double-figures.

Both teams are 2-0 in Region 4, and both have played region rival Riverton. While American Fork is coming off a 77-49 victory over Riverton on Tuesday, the Knights won at Riverton 57-39 last week.

In other words, it appears these two heavyweights will be well-matched, again.