Thursday night the bracket for the 2A boys state basketball tournament was finalized. That bracket will begin to grow smaller Saturday when the first round is played at Orem High.

Two teams that look to be the last one standing are Emery and Layton Christian. The Spartans had a chance at the championship last year but lost to Manti in the final. This year Emery will begin their road with a first round match-up against Providence Hall from Region 16.

Two teams that will be looking to be the last ones standing are Emery and Layton Christian. The Spartans had a chance at the championship last year but lost to Manti in the title game. This year Emery will begin its road with a first-round matchup against Providence Hall from Region 16.

“I think they’re a real solid team,” Spartan coach Todd Jeffs said. “They have good big kids and a great 3-point shooter.”

Emery has had a strong season, losing only two games all year. Jeffs attributes that to his team’s defense, which has saved his team on poor offensive nights.

The Eagles have emerged this year as a serious contender thanks in part to their schedule. Layton Christian played some 5A schools as well as an out-of-state tournament at the beginning of the season. Last year Layton Christian fell to Enterprise in the quarterfinals.

This year its first round matchup is Millard. Layton Christian coach Bobby Porter doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice. In order to avoid an early knockout, Porter wants his team to focus on themselves and only take things a game at a time.

“I’m hoping we can do it for the next two weeks, but before that we got to get the one on Saturday,” Porter said. “

Both coaches agree that in order to have a successful tournament, there has to be some luck involved. Jeffs recalled a game from last year’s tournament where a miracle shot got his team through the first round. Along with luck, Porter believes consistency is another key.

“It’s who has everything going good for three straight days, that’s the key,” Porter said. “You can have the best team and not even win.”

A few other teams that could make a serious run in the bracket this year are Summit Academy, North Sevier and North Summit. Jeffs believes in all there are about six to seven different teams that have a possibility to make it to the final.

Porter referred to the tournament as the time of year when no team wants to take off their jerseys. This tournament will be the deciding factor for who has to take off the jersey and who gets to be the last one with theirs on at the end of next week.

Last night the bracket for the 2A boys state basketball tournament was finalized. That bracket will begin to grow smaller Saturday when the first round is played at Orem High.