Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Bountiful's Brandon Yates (20) is guarded by Bingham's Cody Benson (2) and Bingham's Durrant Miles (22) during the game at Bountiful High School Tuesday November 29, 2011.
Prep basketball: Bountiful serves notice it is aiming for top again
Boys basketball » With lots of size and a playmaker, Braves smothering 4A opposition
First Published Feb 07 2012 06:47 pm • Last Updated Feb 09 2012 05:09 pm

When the Bountiful Braves walk onto the floor, the first thing opposing teams notice is their size. The boys team boasts eight players over 6-foot-5, and they use every inch to its advantage.

In last week’s 4A championship game rematch, Bountiful held region rival Highland to its lowest output of the season — a paltry 27 points.

At a glance

Braves new world

Bountiful is undefeated in region play, despite losing all five starters from last year’s second place team in 4A.

In last year’s tournament, Bountiful upset top-ranked, defending champion Timpview in the first round.

Two of last year’s players, Pere LeSueur and Nate Pollard, are not on the squad this year. LeSueur is in Australia for personal reasons and will play next year, while Pollard moved from Bountiful and is playing for Davis.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

It was a statement game, the kind that puts everybody in 4A on notice that the Braves are once again aiming for the top.

"Our goal is to get back. We want to get to the state championship again, for sure," senior Brock Yates said. "We’re hoping to get that opportunity again and, if we do, we can take it this time."

If Bountiful does return, the difference will be defense. Since starting region play, the Braves are holding their opponents to an average of 42 points per game. That’s the top-ranked scoring defense in 4A, trailing only Lone Peak in the entire state.

"Our main focus is and will always be defense," senior guard Brit Harding said. "That fuels everything else and gets our offense going."

While the Braves are sound offensively, they don’t depend on an individual star to lead the team. Harding is averaging more than 14 points a game, and Yates is just a shade behind at 13 per contest. Several other players consistently reach double digits as well, an important attribute come playoff time. Many teams will employ a shutdown strategy on one player, a luxury they can’t afford against Bountiful.

"We play together as a team," Harding said. "It doesn’t really matter who scores — we’re like a family. We love playing together and we know the team ball is what wins ball games."

Perhaps the unsung hero of Bountiful is Brandon Yates, a spark off the bench for the team. The senior guard is the twin brother of Brock, though stands six inches shorter. On a team of giants, he has put up huge numbers of his own. Brandon Yates is one of the leading assist men in 4A.

"In my opinion, he’s the most underrated player in 4A," Brock Yates said. "It’s amazing what he’s been able to do for us off the bench. He’s my twin brother, so we know each other well — I know exactly what he’s going to do on the floor. He’s a big part of the success of this team."


story continues below
story continues below

The ultimate success of the team will be decided in a few weeks as Bountiful attempts to take back the region title they won in 2010. The Braves have a two game lead over Highland, with another battle against them looming to end the season.



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.