PLEASANT GROVE — Using great shooting and a tenacious defense, the Lone Peak boys basketball team started off hot and had no problems controlling the game Tuesday against Pleasant Grove. The Vikings grabbed the opening tip and were first to score; unfortunately, that was as close as the Vikings would get to winning in the 83-48 loss to the Knights.
Lone Peak came to Pleasant Grove with an eight-game winning streak dating back to the team's first game in January. Sitting at 16-2, the Knights are ranked No. 1 in the state and 5A schools.
The No. 1 and No. 7 top scorers in 5A, Nick Emery and T.J. Haws, respectively, continued their support for the Knights with excellent ball handling, scoring and defense. At the end of the first period, Lone Peak was leading with a score of 28-13. During the second period, the Vikings outscored the Knights 11-9, but those points did not make up for the Knights' hot start during the first period. At the half, Lone Peak was up 37-24. And on they rolled: Lone Peak scored 46 more points in the second half.
Pleasant Grove did have one great defensive effort from Alan Hamson, the team's big senior center. Lone Peak came down the court and took three offensive shots that were blocked by Hamson, resulting in the Vikings finally getting possession of the ball and scoring at the other end of the court.
"I'm proud of my boys, they played their hearts out," Vikings coach Randy McAllister said. "When Lone Peak goes on a run, they are hard to stop; they are a very talented team."
For the Vikings, junior Mike Anderson was high scorer with 14 points, with 10 of them coming in the fourth period. Hamson scored 11 points, and senior Sam Banks added seven points. Pleasant Grove hit 14 field goals, six of which were treys, with 14 points added from the foul line.
Lone Peak's high-scoring player was Haws with 19 points; he was also high man for the game. Emery scored 17 points and Talon Shumway added 14 points. As a team, the Knights hit 31 field goals, 10 of them from distance, and added 11 points from the charity line.
Lone Peak now sits at 16-2 overall and 6-0 in Region 4. The team's next game will be Friday at American Fork. Pleasant Grove has a 1-6 record in Region 4 with a 4-14 overall record. The Vikings' next game will be Friday at Lehi.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and reports on Viking varsity sports at Pleasant Grove High School.