OGDEN — Tyrell Corbin transcends coaching.
That's how West Panthers coach Bob Lyman described his senior star after Corbin took over their 5A state tournament game, leading his team to a 51-41 win over the Riverton Silverwolves at the Dee Events Center on Monday afternoon.
"I can stand there and call out all kinds of plays and all kinds of sets but we're just better off having the ball in his hands," Lyman said, adding, "and he knows what to do with it."
Corbin knew exactly what to do with the ball, scoring 33 of his team's 51 points, shooting 70.5 percent from the floor and hitting 5-of-7 3-pointers as well as recording six rebounds, two steals, two assists and a block.
"He just carried us," Lyman said, "I'm speechless at his performance."
The 6-foot guard scored the first eight points of the game and assisted the next bucket as West jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead before Riverton switched to a zone defense, which resulted in 14 straight Silverwolf points as they climbed back into the game.
The teams played neck-and-neck over the next 22 minutes. D McClearly led the way for the Silverwolves with a team-high 12 points, while Corbin continued to control the pace for West.
Gatete Djuma added a double-double for West, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 key rebounds, especially as time wound down.
"(Djuma) kinda struggled offensively for us at first," Lyman said, "but he cleared the rebounds there in that fourth quarter. (Riverton) missed a shot and he got the rebound."
At the 6:22 mark in the second quarter, Corbin nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the score, 15-15, and then take the lead, 18-15.
"What he likes to do is break people down off the dribble, pulling up with a shot is secondary," Lyman said. "But against their (Riverton's) zone we weren't able to execute well, so Tyrell just bailed us out."
Corbin added that experience playing in the Dee Events Center helped him find his shooting rhythm, saying, "Coach is always (saying) you have to adjust to the environment, so I was adjusting to the lights and shooting the ball well."
In a game that saw eight ties and 10 lead changes, the Panthers took the lead for good, 39-36, on a Corbin three-point-play with 2:37 remaining in the contest. From that point on, West scored seven of its final 12 points from the foul line and held Riverton to just five points —an Alex Neilson bucket with 2:20 left and a Garrett Burt 3-pointer as time expired.
"This is my first win at Weber State," Corbin said. "My freshman year we lost, sophomore year we won (the championship) at the E-Center, and last year we lost. I'm just glad we got the win."
With the victory, the Panthers earned a matchup with the Fremont Silver Wolves in the 5A quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The teams have not seen each other yet this year, but both boast some size on the inside.
"They're a big team," Corbin said. "They're big and strong. We're kind of a quicker team so we just have to adjust and see what we can do."