"The kids don't know any better. So I said, 'We're lining up tonight, guys. We're calling 3-point shots the first couple plays of the game."
McAllister kept his word. The Vikings' first basket of the game was from beyond the arc. The doors opened from there. Pleasant Grove connected on 11 3-pointers, shooting 45.8 percent from 3-point range, as it cruised past West Jordan 54-39 and into Friday's semifinals.
"They got excited about shooting it," McAllister said. "They played more relaxed. They played loose, so that was fun to see. It was great."
Sophomore Casey Brown led all scorers with 19 points for the Vikings on 6 of 10 attempts, including knocking down four 3-pointers. He received the green light and didn't disappoint in the third quarter.
"Coach just told us to play freely. We came out confident and knocked down our shots," Brown said.
Eight different Vikings contributed to the scoring total, but the biggest key to the win was the advantage on the glass. Pleasant Grove out-rebounded West Jordan 26-22 and held the Jaguars to less than 10 second-chance points — an element that helped fuel West Jordan's opening round upset of Sky View.
"That was the big discussion in practice," McAllister said. "We talked about it. It was on the board. We really focused on that."
Darrian Nebeker was the lone Jaguar to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points.
The Vikings will face Bingham at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.