Provo puts last year’s frustration in rear view mirror

Well look who’s back in the 4A quarterfinals.

After missing the playoffs last year for the first time in what seemed like forever, Provo beat Highland in the first round of the 4A playoffs 42-39 on Monday morning at the Maverik Center.

“It was devastating last year. We’re just a better team now. Over the summer we came together as a team and the team unity that we have right now is a lot better than last year,” said Provo’s Adam Finch, who made 4-of-5 free throws in the final minute and a half to seal the win.

When Provo coach Craig Drury was asked if it was nice to be back in the tournament setting after last year,  he joked and said, “What happened last year, I don’t even remember.”

Provo won just four games last year, which was shocking considering its recent history. In 2010 Provo lost in the semifinals to Mountain Crest, and in the previous four years from 2006 to 2009 it advanced to the championship game — winning twice.

With Monday’s win, the Bulldogs are a win away from getting back to the semifinals.

“This group of young men played well all year long, and we’re pretty happy to be here,” said Drury. “They guys are playing hard, and I think we have a balanced team. I have scoring from both inside and outside and defensively we’re better team than we have been for a couple years.”

 

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