If their game had been a boxing match, West Jordan and Fremont would’ve been stopped in the second round.
If it had been MMA, Fremont would’ve tapped out. You could go on, but that might distract from West Jordan’s dominance in a 68-38 victory on Tuesday. In a matchup that was billed as one of the better first-round clashes in the Class 5A boys basketball tournament at the Maverik Center, the Jaguars refused to play along.
“We’ve been playing defense at a very high level,” forward Jordan Loveridge said. “We are trying to take this tournament one game at a time. When we play defense like we have, though, we are tough to beat.”
Loveridge, the University of Utah signee, made sure West Jordan had an easy time of it. The 6-foot-7 senior scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds in 23 minutes. Senior guard Jaden Jackson, himself a Division I prospect, scored a game-high 22 points and handed out eight assists.
Together, the two combined to outscore Fremont by themselves. Defensively, the Jaguars forced 15 turnovers and never let the Silverwolves get comfortable running their offense. Fremont received 17 points from Brock Smith and 10 points from Spencer Hayden. But only three other players scored.
West Jordan played everyone on its roster, led 22-4 after the first period and allowed just 12 points in the first half. The Jags advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will play the winner of Tuesday’s first-round game between Hunter and Bingham.
West Jordan dominates
• Jordan Loveridge and Jaden Jackson combine for 32 points.
• West Jordan advances to the quarterfinals.
• The Jaguars win the rebounding and assists battle.