West Jordan • Not even a solid start — an 11-2 run — by the Copper Hills Grizzlies could stop Trevor Hill and Alta on Friday night as the Hawks clawed their way to a hard-fought 72-62 Region 3 road win.
"We were kind of lethargic coming out," Alta coach Jim Barker said. "They’re a good team, they ran their stuff, they ran it hard, and we didn’t meet their intensity [early on]."
Alta 72, Copper Hills 62
» With the win, Alta improved to 14-1 on the season and 3-0 in region.
» Up one just seconds before halftime, Alta’s Zach Rollins sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
» Brycen McCombs hit three three-pointers for Copper Hills, two in the game’s opening minutes.
Lethargic effort or not by the Hawks, the Grizzlies came out on fire due in large part to two big threes from Brycen McCombs. However, their hot start did not last long. The game’s turning point arguably came near the end of the first quarter when Hill sliced and skied through the Copper Hills defense for an impressive putback jam.
"Dunks are always big plays and we look for them when we can get them," said Hill. "It was a huge momentum shift for us; it really helped us out."
Not to be outdone, Landon Albrecht hammered another one home off an alley-oop on Alta’s following possession. Albrecht’s dunk gave the Hawks a brief lead, 17-15, before the end of the quarter.
"We started so slow," said Barker. "I just felt like we weren’t here to start the game mentally, so we got a little momentum and it kind of got us focused, then we got right back in it."
After the first quarter, it was all Alta.
Hill (15 points) may not have led the Hawks in scoring — that honor goes to Zach Rollins with 19 — but his impact was felt all over the court as he provided a noticeable spark for his team.
"I played all right," said Hill. "I tried to get my teammates involved, set my teammates up, and then I look for my points second. Anything I can do to help my team win."
Despite the slow start, the Hawks moved to 14-1 on the season and 3-0 in Region 3.
"It’s huge; every region game is a big one," said Hill. "We need all of them, that’s our goal this year, to win region."
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