A shade under three minutes remained in Saturday’s Class 5A boys’ basketball state championship game when the five Olympus starters shared a laugh on the court.

It seemed like a good joke had been told, and maybe that’s also true. But Titans star junior Rylan Jones said it was simply a great moment in time.

“We finished it perfect. That was unbelievable, that was our laugh,” Jones said. “Our last time playing together — you’ve got to cherish it.”

The starting five for Olympus (27-0) completed a rare undefeated journey through a Utah high school schedule by beating Corner Canyon 76-49 at the University of Utah.

It wasn’t unusual for the Titans to blow out an opponent during this campaign. And all five starters still on the court so late in the game, although they would exit en masse soon after to a loud ovation at the 2:30 mark, well that was fairly typical for Olympus as well.

“We’ve met the challenge 27 times in a row with just unbelievable results,” said Olympus coach Matt Barnes, who praised all of his starters as the nets were cut down at the Huntsman Center.

Harrison Creer “can’t jump, but he’s got a great shot, he’s got a great feel for the game. Rylan and Jeremy [DowDell] get a lot of credit for their drives and scores, but Harry and Spence [Spencer Jones] do the dirty work. And you’ve got Jacob DowDell, he’s the unsung hero on the team.”

Much like a state semifinal win over Bountiful, the Titans took only the span of the first quarter to start putting distance between themselves and Corner Canyon (15-11).

The Chargers, led by Blake Emery’s 12 points, tied it at 8-8 on an Emery shot with 4:30 left.

But Creer scored from the block to, kick off an 11-4 run. The next two possessions for Corner Canyon were telling. When the Chargers missed a 3 then turned over the ball, the Titans answered one with a driving bank by Rylan Jones and the other with a give-and-go from Rylan Jones to Creer for a bucket.

Rylan Jones finished with 24 points, while Creer added 21. At times, Creer did his best impression of Olympus’ point guard as he dished out four assists.

The first quarter saw the Titans hit 61 percent of their shots, and that only increased — to an astounding 81 percent — in the second period.

“They somehow have to guard us. We’ve got five guys that can shoot, pass, score,” Rylan Jones said. “It’s really hard to match up with us, and that’s other teams’ game plans.”

Creer said: ”It’s the best feeling in the world, the best feeling in my high school career. I did it my sophomore year, but I really wasn’t part of that varsity team. This is really something special. These guys, I’ll remember the rest of my life.”

Olympus won its first state title in 2016 and was favored to repeat last year. But the Titans were stunned in a double-overtime loss to Springville in the Class 4A state title game.

While the Olympus team members said they generally didn’t think about last year’s defeat during this year’s tournament, they at least were mindful of not letting any rivals get any big ideas this time around.

“Last year was a heartbreaker, and this game, we just wanted to come out and start like we started every game this tournament — really good,” Rylan Jones said. “We did that tonight and we just kept riding it.”

Barnes said: ”I never talked about the loss last year as tough as it was. I’ll cherish this for the rest of my life. It’s pretty awesome.”


• The Titans, led by Rylan Jones’ 24 points and 21 more from Harrison Creer, win their second state championship in the last three years.

• Olympus shoots 68 percent from the floor, including 81 percent in the second quarter.

• Corner Canyon, seeking its first state crown, is paced by Blake Emery’s 12 points.