West Valley City • It was a simple goal for Lone Peak.
The more dominant, the better. The last thing the Knights wanted was for Kearns to hang around and gain confidence for a possible upset in the first round of the Class 5A boys basketball tournament Tuesday.
That’s why, in a 62-36 Lone Peak victory at the Maverik Center, the first quarter proved to be the most important.
Behind the scoring wizardry of Nick Emery, the Knights opened the game on an 18-9 run. They led 35-16 at halftime and weren’t threatened in the least by an athletic Kearns team that had its share of highlight reel worthy moments. The win propels Emery and company into Thursday’s quarterfinal round against either Northridge or Copper Hills, who met in the first round later Tuesday.
“We were happy with the way we played,” Emery said. “We wanted to come out and treat each game like it’s the state title game. We have a long way to go. But today was a good first step.”
Emery, the BYU commit that many consider the best player in the state, scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the first period. He scored Lone Peak’s first 11 points, and he repeatedly triggered the Knights’ fastbreak, which generated easy points all game long.
Sophomore guard T.J. Haws, also a BYU commit, scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Lone Peak.
Dayon Goodman, a 6-foot-7 forward, led Kearns with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Lone Peak dominates
Nick Emery scores a game-high 24 points.
The Knights score 20 fast-break points.
Lone Peak moves to 19-3 on the season.