5A boys' basketball: Lone Peak overpowers West Jordan
Ogden • TJ Haws picked up his dribble under the basket and let go a pass almost without looking.He hit Lone Peak teammate Eric Mika in his big paws, who when up for an easy layin.It looked so easy Monday at the Dee Events Center.Haws admitted most of the time he knows where the pass is going."Sometimes we make eye contact before the pass," Haws said. "I know where they're going and the spot they're going to be at."The unselfish Lone Peak Knights dominated for most of its Class 5A playoff opener to post a 90-53 victory over West Jordan."Honestly it just starts with having good character kids," Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis said. "That's the first thing. But too, it's something we talk about on a regular basis. We just kind of say listen, we're not going to get to our ultimate goal if somebody's just going off doing his own thing."Lone Peak recorded 22 assists on its 35 baskets in the contest. Haws, a junior who already committed to BYU, led the way with eight helpers. Nick Emery added five."We like each other, so we don't care how much we score," said Lone Peak senior Eric Mika, another BYU recruit.Mika was on the receiving end of numerous passes from teammates down low, and the 6-foot-10 Mika responded with dunks. Lone Peak finished with 40 points in the paints, including two when Emery found Mika for an thunderous dunk off an alley-oop early in the second quarter."We play so well together that we know where each other is," Emery said. "Eric is a beast down in the post, and it's hard to stop him. We get him the ball as much as we can."West Jordan stuck around for a little bit, staying within 14-11 more than midway through the first quarter. But the Knights started finding each other with open passes to steadily pull away."When we start shooting well at the beginning, it's kind of hard to stop us," Emery said. "That's what we wanted to do, jump out on these guys."Lone Peak went on a 35-13 run to finish the first half after the Jaguars pulled within three."A game like that, it's so much fun where we're banging on all cylinders and playing really well together," Haws said.Emery scored a game-high 22 points and Mika added 19 points and 16 rebounds. Both players watched the fourth quarter from the bench. Parker Brown paced the Jaguars with 17 points.