Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Chandler Smith (3) tosses an around-the-back pass as Ryan Andrus (25) defends for the Cavemen, in prep 5A state tournament action American Fork vs. Jordan, at the Dee Event Center in Ogden, Monday, February 25, 2013.
5A boys’ basketball: American Fork ices Jordan on FTs (with video)
Prep boys’ basketball » American Fork goes 17 of 18 from the charity stripe.
First Published Feb 25 2013 06:40 pm • Last Updated Feb 26 2013 12:40 am

Ogden • Christian Wells stepped to the free-throw line.

If the score held, there would be only 5 minutes, 12 seconds left in the American Fork guard’s high school basketball career. From the earliest moments of the game, the Jordan Beetdiggers led the Cavemen in their first-round matchup in the Class 5A tournament Monday.

At a glance

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Wells sunk one shot to tie it and another to give his team its first lead.

The Cavemen would go on to make 15 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to beat Jordan 51-47 at the Dee Events Center.

"I told [the players] just keep your heads up, keep battling," American Fork coach Doug Meacham said. "It’s going to come down to the wire. Just battle through it."

The Beetdiggers looked undersized against the Cavemen — including 6-foot-10 center Ryan Andrus and 6-7 forward Tyler Rawson — but Jordan struck first Monday. Senior guard Marcus Gutierrez knocked down a 3 and later slashed to the hoop, scoring eight points in the first quarter.

"A lot of these guys hadn’t played here before, and I think some jitters may have had something to do with turning the ball over 19 times," Meacham said.

The Cavemen responded by outscoring Jordan 12-6 in the second quarter, thanks to a pair of treys from senior guard Dan Nyman. Jordan took a 25-20 lead into the locker room.

American Fork continued its comeback in the second half. But Jordan always seemed to answer. When the Cavemen finally pulled within three, Beetdigger McKay Nilsson sunk a corner trey and was fouled. He converted the free throw.

American Fork eventually asserted itself inside, pounding the ball into Andrus and getting Jordan’s leading scorer this season, forward Brandon Pasker, in foul trouble. Pasker finished with just seven points, well off his average of 18 points per game.


story continues below
story continues below

The Cavemen also held Jordan to just 3 of 13 shooting on 3-pointers.

With Jordan trailing 49-44 late in the game, Beetdigger point guard Chandler Smith made a layup and was fouled. Moments later, after an American Fork turnover, Smith banked in a 3 from the right angle to close the gap to two.

But once again, American Fork made its free throws as Andrus stepped to the line and coolly hit two of his 11 freebies in the period to ice it.

afalk@sltrib.com

Twitter: @aaronfalk



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
  • Access your e-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.