North Summit boys’ basketball crushes Gunnison 58-29 |

North Summit boys’ basketball crushes Gunnison 58-29

With three straight region road games looming, the North Summit High School boys’ basketball team needed to pick up a win on Wednesday night in Coalville in the region opener.

Hosting Gunnison, that’s exactly what the Braves did. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 19-4 North Summit.

The Braves never looked back from that big early lead, winning the game by a lopsided score of 58-29.

North Summit’s defense was stifling all night long. In addition to allowing only four points in the first quarter, the Braves’ defense only surrendered three points in the third quarter.

Coach Marques Johnson said a shift to a higher-intensity defense made all the difference on Wednesday night.

"For the first time all year, we tried to do full-court pressure and it worked out for us," he said. "We were able to get a bunch of turnovers, which led to easy baskets and getting more people involved offensively."

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Johnson said if the Braves had stuck with their normal half-court defense, the game would have been much slower and low scoring.

"They were going to zone us the whole game," he said. "If we wouldn’t have extended our pressure, that would have been a 22-20 game and we didn’t want that."

After struggling to have more than four players score earlier in the season, the Braves enjoyed a more balanced offensive attack on Wednesday.

Senior Ryan McMichael led the way with a double-double, scoring 12 points and also grabbing 12 rebounds. Johnson was also impressed with the performance of Eric Wayment, who scored 11 points.

"That was big for us to have one of our juniors really step up," he said. "That was nice to see."

Senior Cameron Smith was the third North Summit player in double figures, scoring 10 points. Smith also grabbed eight boards. Carson Richins scored nine points, Cason Deforest added eight, Calvin Hunsaker had six and Mason Richins contributed two.

Johnson said the Braves played well in every aspect of the game on Wednesday night.

"I was happy with how we played," he said. "If I could have written down how I wanted things to go, that’s what I would have written."

On Friday, after this issue went to press, North Summit (9-5 overall, 1-0 in region) was scheduled to take on American Leadership Academy (2-8, 0-1), the first of three road games. Johnson said getting a win against ALA would be crucial.

"They’ve beaten us two years in a row at their place, so we’re not taking them lightly," he said. "That’s a game we’ve got to win. That’s a must-win for us on the road. It’s a business trip [Friday]. Our mindset is to go in there and finally get one."

Next week, the Braves travel to South Summit on Wednesday. That game will tip off at 7 p.m. On Friday, North Summit travels to Manti before returning home on Wednesday, Jan. 28, to host Summit Academy.