West Jordan • Every basketball game starts with a clean slate: Each team has zero points at tipoff.
Unfortunately, for the West Jordan Jaguars, they were still at zero to start the second quarter.
O Alta holds West Jordan scoreless in the first quarter.
» Brent Beales leads West Jordan with eight points.
» Alta shoots just 47 percent from the free-throw line.
West Jordan was held scoreless until 7:04 left in the second quarter and managed only four points in the entire first half, and Alta came away with a scrappy 51-29 boys’ basketball victory in this Region 4 showdown.
"Lately I just don’t think we’ve had enough intensity, and that’s what we’ve been working on in practice, is just getting up and guarding," said Alta’s Zach Rollins. "It paid off, but I think we need to get in better shape because the second half wasn’t good enough."
Rollins led the way with 13 points, but the whole was truly greater than the sum of its parts for Alta on the night—defensively, that is.
"Landon Albrecht and Trevor Hill are always really good defensively," Alta coach Jim Barker said. "Part of that is because they’re both really good athletes and they’re both long. Landon can guard pretty much any position."
While Alta did not shoot particularly well, the outcome was never in doubt.
"Offensively, we weren’t so hot tonight, we’ve got to be able to hit some shots, but defensively, I was proud of the way we played," said Barker.
Rollins did just enough scoring to make the Jaguars focus on him, freeing up Hill and Albrecht, who scored 9 and 8 points, respectively.
"We always need Zach to shoot—not only to shoot, but to be the threat, so teams have to guard him. I know [teams] are worried about his shooting," Barker said.
Despite a sound victory for Alta during their last game against West Jordan, Barker was thrilled to see improvement from his guys.
"We watched a lot of film from the last time we played them," he said. "There were things I felt like we were lacking, like hustle. I was really pleased with our hustle defensively in this game — I enjoyed it actually."
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