Ogden • Sky View senior Jalen Moore basked in the adulation of being the best player on a team that won the 4A state championship, but he quickly made it clear he didn't do it alone.
"We wouldn't be where we are right now without Matt Dewey," Moore said.
Dewey, a 6-foot-5 senior, aided the Bobcats' 56-50 conquest of Mountain Crest with 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists in Saturday's Class 4A state title game. His ability to score and be a factor on both ends was crucial for a Sky View team that endured a gamut on its way to glory.
And Dewey delivered all week. Teams focused on two Bobcats: Jalen Moore and Ty Nielsen. And while Moore emerged as a superstar and Nielsen had several wonderful moments, Dewey's performance was invaluable through four games.
When Bountiful went to a triangle-and-two defense in Friday's semifinal, it was Dewey who took the Braves out of it, scoring whenever left alone. When Olympus tried sagging its big men in the middle to take away Moore's penetration, it was Dewey who made the Titans pay with his perimeter shooting.
When Timpview assigned Dax Raymond to shadow Moore, Dewey stepped up and owned the offensive rebounds when Raymond wasn't in prime rebounding position.
"Teams were so focused on Jalen and Ty that it was on the rest of us to pick up the slack," Dewey said. "This is what we've been all season. We've all covered for one another and made plays. I saw openings, and I just wanted to be aggressive and make positive plays."
Dewey scored and rebounded Saturday. He played excellent defense on Mountain Crest forward Tanner Knowles. He provided the missing piece to seemingly every puzzle, which prompted Moore to shake his head in the midst of celebration.
"Matt was a beast all week," Moore said.