Olympus Titans say nay to triples in first round win

These aren’t your older brother and sister’s Olympus Titans. Most definitely not. When’s the last time Olympus only made two 3-pointers in a playoff game and won?

Probably the last time Olympus had two bigs get a double-double in a playoff game. Safe to say it hasn’t happened in a while.

Olympus dominated Bonneville in the first round of the 4A state tournament Monday with a dominant interior game. Will Cannon finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, with Parker Rawlings adding 14 points and 12 rebounds. It more than made up for 2-for-13 shooting from the foul line.

“Everyone knows it runs through Will. Will’s our guy. He’s a great passer, a very unselfish player. He creates a lot of offense for the other guys cause he commands two and three guys,” said Olympus coach Matt Barnes.

After Monday’s game, Cannon is averaging 15.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals.

“He just kills you with his hustle and quickness and his relentless on the boards. He gives us so many chances in so many areas,” said Barnes. “He’s a beast to guard. … Trust me, I wouldn’t want to guard him. He’s a warrior in there.”

Expect Olympus to continue to pound it inside to its two big guys in the coming rounds — it’s been a big point of emphasis in the past few weeks.

“It’s kind of been our point of emphasis the second half of the year. I kind of told my kids 18 games into it, I don’t want to break your heart, we’re not the greatest 3-point shooting team,” said Barnes.

Barnes felt like Olympus’ two region losses to Skyline and Herriman were the result of his guys just firing up 3-pointers at the first sign of an open look. It’s kind of been Barnes’ philosophy in the past, but it clearly wasn’t working this year.

“I have no problem if the ball goes in there and we get doubled or tripled and we kick, then that’s a good shot. But just to swing it around the perimeter and fire without them getting a touch is just not how we play this year,” said Barnes. “My kids have done a great job with that.”

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