Orem • Timpanogos began the Class 5A boys’ basketball state tournament with little tradition, a lot of energy and something to prove.

The Timberwolves had little trouble disposing of overmatched Roy 71-46 in the first round. Though the Region 8 champions seemed to get a bit bored in the second half, the 30-point lead they built late in the first half insured the Utah County team would advance.

Now about that history.

This was only the third time in the school’s 22-year history it has made it past the first round. The Timberwolves, who get East in Wednesday’s state quarterfinals, never have made it past the quarterfinals.

“Our guys came out fired up and ready to play,” Timpanogos coach Izzy Ingle said. “This time of year, you are either predator or prey. So we wanted to come out and be the predator.”

That’s the way it looked early as the Timberwolves defense forced Roy to commit more early turnovers than Arby’s might sell on a good night.

“We were ready to play and had some energy,” said Timpanogos’ Tyler Walker, who had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, two assists and a blocked shot. “It was a great game. I love playing here. I played all right but could have played better. I missed some 3-pointers and free throws.”

Walker got help from teammates Matt Norman and Logan Wilkey, who both had 15 points.

That said, it was a mostly even second half as Roy, led by Alex Lamb with 16 points, went on a nice run in the third quarter.

Ingle said his team’s sixth man, point guard Colin Christensen, might have broke his nose in the first half. That messed up the substitution pattern a bit.

Roy was just too far behind for its second-half effort to matter much.

“Composure is so important,” Ingle said. “You get a lead, but it’s never big enough. We can play better and take care of the ball a little better.”

For now, though, Timpanogos would like nothing better than to make a little history Wednesday.


• Timpanogos forces 14 Roy turnovers in the first half to coast to a 30-point lead.

• Tyler Walker leads the Timberwolves with 17 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, two assists and a blocked shot.

• Roy gets 16 points and six assists from Alex Lamb.