There are a lot of quality point guards in the state from Lone Peak’s Nick Emery to Weber’s Hayden Schneck and most 4A and 5A tournament games feature a very competitive matchup from the the players who run the show. Wednesday’s quarterfinal matchup between Orem and Skyline featured two of the best — Orem’s Zach Hunsaker and Skyline’s DeSean Miller.
Hunsaker brings a steady presence and good size (6-2) to the position which allows him a lot of pull-up jumper opportunities. The 5-9 Miller brings a play-ground-type style that relies on quick perimeter moves leading to lay-up and circus-shot opportunities.
“He’s a good player — he’s really quick,” observed Hunsaker about Miller. “He’s really good at going to his left and finishing with his right, so you just try to back up a bit and stay between him and the basket which isn’t easy.”
Miller was able to get to the basket on several occasions — finishing the game with a game high 15 points. While Hunsaker held Miller’s defensive assignment throughout the game it was the Orem defense, as a whole, that allowed a few too many inside opportunities.
“We ask (Hunsaker) to get out on him to extend and not allow any 3s, so he has to get on his horse and get back to defend him, but he didn’t get the help from his teammates that he should have a lot of the time,” said Orem coach Golden Holt.
Hunsaker, meanwhile, took the game over during the third quarter when Orem built its big 38-23 lead entering the fourth quarter. Hunsaker looked for his shot more often and it paid dividends.
“In the third quarter offensive he just said that he’s going to get it done,” said Holt. “He’s good enough to go get it on his own without a lot of offense (being run for him.) He’s our heart and soul…I think he’s the best point guard in the state because he’s the best decision-maker in the state.”