A lot was made of the American Fork big-men leading up to its match-up against Brighton. With Zac Hunter, Danny Beddes and Ryan Andrus leading the way the Cavemen held a big advantage over the Bengals in the low post — at least on paper.
Undersized and underrated the Bengal bigs were able to get free for easy lay-ups while limiting Cavemen baskets from inside.
“You can’t beat American Fork with just one or two guys — you need everyone,” said coach Jeff Gardner. “Our big guys really stepped up and just battled. We knew we were undersized coming in, but I couldn’t be prouder of how our guys down low stepped up and one of our goals going in was to not give up any easy baskets and I felt we did that for the most part.
Brighton was led in the front court by Chris Eixenberger who finished with 14 points on 7-9 shooting from the field. Most of his made baskets came on uncontested lay-ups from the baseline.
“With our four-out motion you put a lot of pressure on that back defensive guy,” explained Gardner. “We were fortunate to catch them out a bit too far and got some easy looks — a lot of that credit goes to the guards for making them come out and then finding the open looks inside.”