Rocky Mountain too much for Logan
By Garrett Faylor sports writer
Itâs really been an exhausting week for the Logan boys basketball team.
The Grizzlies fell in a back-and-forth game to Preston Tuesday, edged Burley in a dramatic OT win Friday, and capped off the week with a 79-66 loss against Rocky Mountain High School Saturday at home.
Like they had all week, the Grizzlies rollercoastered up and down in the game but were unable to come up with that one last run, and the Grizzlies from Idaho finished out the win.
âI thought it was a great opportunity for us to play against Kolby Lee and get to play against a 6-foot-10 guy,â Logan head coach Logan Brown said of the BYU-commit. âWe did some good things against him. Rocky Mountain just did a great job of hitting shots on the back side.â
Lee really was the story Saturday afternoon.
He made his presence felt early, as he snared the gameâs first rebound, his first of 11. Lee manned â the right term â the paint and played patiently, dishing off to a teammate when the double-team arrived.
âWe played (Brayden) Parker from Preston the other night, so we kind of sort of already had a game plan, but we focused a lot on (Lee), just making sure the ball was out of his hands and just trying to make sure we doubled down on him.â
Lee only scored two points in the first quarter. Instead his teammate Jacob Erickson led the visitors with 11 points in the first, knocking down three 3-pointers.
The teams finished the quarter tied at 17.
Logan trailed 29-27 at the half after Jared Bagley knocked down a buzzer beater, a feat that is becoming commonplace.
Rocky Mountain began to pull away in the third, stretching the lead to double digits, as Erickson hit three more 3s.
Logan continued to fight back, but Rocky Mountain continued to have success from long range, and Lee finished the game out knocking down free throws.
Logan attempted 14 shots in the second quarter and made just four.
âI think itâs hard just because heâs so tall and so long that normally, like if we take it all the way to the rack, we couldnât do that as much,â Bagley said of facing Lee. âWe had to settle for other shots, and then I think just having him there, itâs like intimidating at times. He clogged up the paint, so we didnât get as many points as we do in the paint.â
Both Bagley and Brayden Roberts kept up their model of consistency. Bagley finished with a team-high 26 points. Roberts added 12.
After a tough game Friday night, Cody Brimhall came in off the bench to provide a spark for Logan against Rocky Mountain.
âI donât think I played too well last game, and I just wanted to pick it up this game,â Brimhall said.
Brimhall finished Fridayâs game with two points and failed to hit a couple of free throws late in the game, something he took seriously.
âIt hurt,â Brimhall said. âI came in early today, though, and I was working on my free throws, so Iâd be prepared next time.â
Brimhall scored 12 points and hit three of four from the free throw line. He was also one of Loganâs most active defenders Saturday.
âI thought Cody was a big spark for us,â Brown said. âHe played like we needed him to play. I felt like he was aggressive, did some good things attacking the rim, played the way we needed him to play. I also felt like Brayden (Roberts) was consistent this week, and so was Jared (Bagley). We just got to keep getting better, understand that this is a great test for us to play against a high-level team. Weâre going to get better and keep working.â
Erickson led Rocky Mountain with 28 points. Lee finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds four assists and four blocks. He had a dunk attempt that went in and bounced back out, much to the delight of the Logan student section.
Logan returns to action Thursday against Mountain Crest in the Cache Classic at 7:30 p.m.