Fremont boys basketball outlasts Layton to take Region 1 lead

Saturday , February 10, 2018 - 12:10 AM

Standard-Examiner correspondent

LAYTON — With sole possession of the Region 1 lead on the line, the smallest guy on the court made the biggest statement.

Tige Voorhees — a 5-foot-9, 120-pound sophomore — drilled a trio of 3-pointers in a two-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter to propel Fremont from a 43-40 deficit to a 49-45 advantage.

Fremont only allowed one Layton field goal over the final 6:40 of the game to complete a 53-47 victory and grab first place with two games left to play.

“That was a real big one for us,” Voorhees said. “I’m glad we came out with the win. I just got to stay confident in myself and my teammates will get me the ball and I’ll just let it fly.

“We feel great, but we got to focus on Davis going forward.”

What the game lacked in stylistic points, it made up in physicality and effort as the two squads battled back and forth.

“It was great,” Fremont coach Corey Melaney said. “It’s just a battle each and every night. There’s just no relaxing. Layton is so big and strong. They know what they want to do ... they know who they are and guys execute and play to their strengths.”

Layton’s leading scorer, Truman Brown, dropped in six first-quarter points as the Lancers built an early 14-9 advantage.

The second period was a game of runs. With Layton owning an 18-13 lead, Fremont’s Dallin Hall and Baylor Harrop sparked a 7-0 spurt to put the Silver Wolves on top 20-18. Layton then responded with eight consecutive points of its own. However, Fremont closed the half on a 6-0 run to knot the halftime score at 26 as the Lancers got sloppy and allowed four points in the final five seconds.

“They killed us inside the paint last game at our place (a 49-46 Fremont loss on Jan. 16) and so that was a point of emphasis,” Melaney said. “We had to do a better job against their bigs and I thought we did a pretty good job, all things considered.”

After each team scored 10 third-period points, they went into the final stanza tied at 36.

Hall and Harrop quickly put Fremont up 40-36 with a pair of buckets before a basket by Layton’s Collin Jeppson and three-point play from Chase Potter put the Lancers on top 41-40 with 6:24 to play.

Potter extended Layton’s lead to three with a pair of free throws, setting the stage for Voorhees’s heroics.

Voorhees missed a 3-point attempt with 5:15 left but hit nothing but net after that. His second made shot gave the Silver Wolves their final lead of the night at 46-45.

“(Voorhees) has been so patient,” Melaney said. “You can’t judge a book by its cover. You look at this guy that’s 120 pounds soaking wet and he’s just fearless. His teammates have all the confidence in the world and we have all the confidence in the world in him, and he plays like it.”

Trailing 49-47, Layton had a chance to tie or take the lead after forcing a turnover with less than a minute left, but a traveling call gave the ball back to Fremont. The Silver Wolves then broke Layton’s half-court pressure with 10 seconds left for wide-open, one-handed dunk by Harrop to put the contest away.

Fremont forced a normally solid Layton perimeter team into a 0-of-10 performance from the 3-point line while the Silver Wolves connected on 8 of 20 attempts.

Brown led the Lancers with 14 points, while Jeppson and Potter combined for 23.

Hall scored 14 for Fremont, while Cade Hadley and Voorhees each added 12.

“We’re really happy with this back half (of the schedule),” Melaney said about Fremont’s fourth straight win. “Back to work at Davis. Anytime you want to win Region 1, you have to beat Davis.”

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