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Prep basketball notes: Roy's Brekkott Chapman adjusting to increased attention

Published February 2, 2014 12:43 am

Basketball notes • Roy star figuring out how to handle all the double-teams this season.
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Roy star forward Brekkott Chapman remembers when a double-team was not automatic anytime he caught the ball in the post.

Those days are over for the Utah commit, widely regarded as the top recruit in the state. He does, however, admit the physical play the double-teams bring has taken a bit of getting used to.

"At this point, I've come to expect it," Chapman said. "I'm learning to play through it and have mellowed out a little bit on the refs the last couple games.

"I know it helps out with my game, too. It makes me mentally tough."

Chapman's statistical output has dipped slightly from his junior to senior year, as teams have game-planned specifically to stop him. But he says the drop in his numbers has actually been indicative of more opportunities for his teammates.

With his 6-foot-9 frame, Chapman has been able to see over the double-teams and find players open on the perimeter.

"I'm getting a lot of attention, I'd say, on the [offensive] end," Chapman said, "but with that, everyone else on the team is stepping up big.

"We've got four people almost averaging double figures right now. Everyone is stepping up, which makes it easier on me."

One step closer

Grantsville finished last season with just six wins, and in last place in Region 11. But the Cowboys took a large leap toward completing a worst-to-first turnaround with a blowout win over Bear River on Friday.

The 15-2 Cowboys now are tied with the Bears atop Region 11 after losing to them in their first matchup.

Leading the way

The Bountiful girls' basketball team did not look like it would be a contender in Region 6 after a five-game losing streak early in the season. But a sophomore has brought the Braves to within striking distance of the region title.

Kennedy Redding is averaging a double-double, according to MaxPreps.com, and has led a Braves resurgence that has them on a nine-game winning streak and atop Region 6.

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