Boys basketball: Viewmont ousted in 5A quarterfinals by rampant Olympus
SALT LAKE CITY — The most common sound that rang through the Huntsman Center on Wednesday, other than the merciless and coordinated taunts from Olympus High’s student section, was ‘swish.’
It is what the Titans (25-0) have done all year — make shot after shot on a retribution course chartered for the 5A state championship game that’s seen them cut down just about everyone this season.
Viewmont (12-12) experienced it fully Wednesday, falling behind early and by a large margin in an 86-45 loss to Olympus in the 5A quarterfinals.
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“They’re the best team we’ve ever played since I’ve been coaching,” Vikings head coach Jeff Emery said.
The task was already tall enough for Viewmont, which had to contend with a team that shoots in the high 50s, percentage-wise, and is led by Utah-bound point guard Rylan Jones, one of the best players in the state.
It became taller when the Titans shot 69.2 percent in the first half, including 10 of 16 from deep, and the Vikings — who have shown an ability to shoot 60-plus percent at times this year — shot 37 percent.
“You have a crazy dynamic with this team with five kids that can all shoot, and if you get down and guard them, guys can go by you,” Olympus head coach Matt Barnes said.
Olympus “cooled off” and shot 59.2 percent for the game, right around its season average.
Jeremy Dowdell scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half and Viewmont trailed 51-27 at halftime. The Vikings took 27 shots in the first half and Olympus took 26; the difference was the Titans made eight more shots.
“We knew coming into this thing, you can’t let them get out of the gate like they did on us, they just get more and more confident,” Emery said. “And it goes from being already a good-sized rim to a freakin’ hula hoop.”
Parker Kearns led a trio of Vikings in double-digit scoring with 16 points, while Spencer Mackay scored 13 and Josh Mordue added 12.