Big-time buckets by McDade lift Logan over Burley
By Garrett Faylor sports writer
Itâs not cockiness; itâs confidence. Or maybe itâs both.
Whatever it is, Loganâs Anthony McDade hit, perhaps, two of the biggest buckets of his high school basketball career.
After his first overtime 3-pointer, McDade held up three fingers and knocked them against his head, as if to say he was out of his mind. A spectator in the crowd said quietly, âNow donât get cocky.â
The next Logan possession, the ball ended up with McDade at the top of the key. He let it rip and drained his seventh 3-pointer of the night to give the Grizzlies a big enough cushion to hold off Burley.
âCoach Brown, he didnât say get cocky, just have a little more swag to our game,â McDade said. âI think the more confident I am, the more I get into it, the better I play.â
McDade was into it Friday night at home against the Bobcats, as he led the Grizzlies to a 76-71 win behind his 29 points.
âWe really had some guys step up when they needed to,â LHS head coach Logan Brown said. âOff the bench Josh Jensen was a huge spark in the third quarter. He did a great job. I thought Charlie (Jensen), Jonny (Parkinson) and Bryce (Ellis) were really good. Ultimately it was a great breakout game for Anthony McDade. He hit some timely shots. It took guts, and Iâm proud of him.â
McDade and Jared Bagley got Logan (1-1) off and running in the first quarter, as the Grizzlies, for the second time this week, jumped out to a lead against an Idaho foe.
The Bobcats (0-2) trailed, 12-3, at the start but used an 11-2 run to finish the quarter tied at 14.
Burley earned 11 shots from the foul line in the first quarter alone â Ace Christiansen went seven times, knocked down four and scored eight points in the quarter.
âTheyâre a really big, strong, athletic team,â Brayden Roberts said. âYou look at (Christiansen). Heâs a big, strong football player and (Coty Hackett) too. We got to do a better job of stepping up and in, and getting a body first instead of going up and just trying to outjump them with how athletic their bigs are.â
Halfway through the second quarter, Logan led by seven after Roberts grabbed one of his seven rebounds and threw the ball the length of the court ahead to Bagley for a layup.
But once again Burley closed the quarter strong, using a 13-5 run. Bagley hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead to one.
âWe really needed to get better on our back side rotation with defense,â Brown said. âThey were doing a great job attacking us. Then in the beginning of that third quarter, we werenât rotating the way we needed to, and I felt like when we understood that that was hurting us, we did a much better job defending and getting stops and then not being passive on offense, and being aggressive.â
Then it was Loganâs turn to close out a quarter. Logan rattled off an 11-2 run to end the third behind the efforts of Roberts and Josh Jensen. Jensen grabbed seven of his nine total rebounds, added six of his seven total points and blocked one shot in the third. Roberts had six points in the quarter, including an and-1 sequence and a bucket with three seconds left to put the Grizzlies back on top for the first time since 3:24 in the second quarter.
âWe were rebounding, getting good stops,â Roberts said. âWe were finding people with the hot hand. Anthony had a heck of a game today. And when I had opportunities to take a shot, my teammates trusted me. I just tried to hit shots.â
Midway through the fourth quarter, Burley went up double digits yet again. Using another big run, this time 14-4, Logan evened things by the end of regulation. Bagley put the Grizzlies up by one on a jumper. Jensen blocked a shot and then fed McDade for a 3 to put the Grizzlies up by four. Burleyâs Ryan Bagley picked up the remaining four points to tie the game.
With five seconds left in regulation, Cody Brimhall got fouled for two free throw attempts. The first bounced off the back iron and right back to him. The second bounced out and wound up out of bounds, and the game went to overtime.
Brock Whitaker hit a 3 for Burley and it led by two. McDade followed that with a 3 of his own to put Logan up by one. Roberts grabbed a steal on the other end of the court and the ball went back to McDade, who cocked and fired and hit nothing but net.
McDade scored Loganâs final four points from the free throw line.
As the final buzzer sounded, most of the Logan student section rushed the court and swirled around McDade.
âIâm proud of our guys because we found a way to win, and we had some guys step up individually and, as a team, we really came together when we probably could have made an excuse to lose, but we found a way to win,â Brown said.
Bagley finished the game with 21 points, and Roberts also hit double digits with 13. Josh Jensen led the Grizzlies in rebounds with nine. He also had two blocks.
Ryan Bagley led Burley with 23 points.
Logan hosts Rocky Mountain High School today at 4 p.m.