Prep boys' basketball: East proves too much for Juan Diego
Sandy • Juan Diego's Gabe Colosimo picked up his dribble 10 feet behind the arc and fired a shot.
Nothing but net.
Not to be outdone, East's Parker Van Dyke knocked down his own trey seconds later.
The two stars found each other locked in a battle, trading baskets back and forth Saturday night in the semifinals of the Jordan Holiday Tournament.
Colosimo, a sophomore, finished with 23 points. Van Dyke, meanwhile, knocked down 26 in a 61-55 win over the Soaring Eagle.
"It was blow for blow there," Colosimo said.
East coach Skip Lowe said he saw something of his own star in Colosimo's effort.
"It's probably a little bit like what people feel when they play us," he said. "If he's making 30-footers, what do you do?"
But the competition also fueld Van Dyke.
"You hear about the most competitive guys ... and they have to win at everything," Lowe said. "Park's a winner. We're lucky to have him."
The Class 3A Soaring Eagle looked undersized and undermanned against the 9-1 Leopards from the outset. And that was before starters Nick Markosian and Dominic Colisimo limped off the floor from separate injuries and never returned.
"It's hard when you have eight guys on your bench and they have 20," Gabe Colisimo said. "Then to lose two starters ... but the bench did a hell of a job."
Junior guard Will Hoffler hit three 3-pointers off the bench for Juan Diego and finished with 11 points.
With Juan Diego down 3 and only a minute left on the clock, Gabe Colosimo's shot to tie it rimmed out. On the other end, Van Dyke hit a free throw to put the game out of reach.
East's Mitch Grant, who was coming off a 15-point effort in a win over American Fork, hit that mark again.
His contributions have helped lift some of the pressure off the team's leading scorer.
"It shows teams that are scouting us that they have to defend the whole team," Van Dyke said after the win over American Fork.