5A/4A coaches to chat about title games


Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis talks with sophomore T.J. Haws.

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lone Peak and Orem are playing for their respective 5A and 4A championships later today. Lone Peak is the defending 5A champs, and Orem was ranked No. 1 virtually all year in 4A winning 20 games.

Their opponents in the title games are the Maverik Center are a bit of surprise though.

Most people believed American Fork had an easy path to the 5A championship game in the lower half of the bracket, but instead Brighton stunned the Cavemen in the quarterfinals on their way to the title game which tips off at 4 p.m.

Olympus coach Matt Barnes has the Titans in the championship game for the first time since 2001.

In 4A, there was a lot of uncertainty about who would advance through what seemed like a wide-open top half of the bracket. Olympus emerged as that team playing great through all three rounds to advance to its first title game since 2001 when it faces Orem at 1:30 p.m.

Lone Peak and Brighton were in the same region a year ago, but this will be the first meeting this year. The Bengals will certainly be the underdog, but after beating American Fork they’re confident they can beat anybody.

First-year Brighton coach Jeff Gardner has Bengals peaking at the right time.

Lone Peak (65.0 ppg) and Brighton (64.8 ppg) were the second- and third-highest scoring teams in 5A this year, so fans can expect a fast paced championship game.

Lone Peak is gunning for its fourth state title in the past six years, while Brighton is seeking its first title since 1996.

To hear what the coaches have to say about the big game, tune into The Prep Fan on ESPN700 with Deseret News writers James Edward and Amy Donaldson from 10 a.m. to Noon today. Lone Peak Quincy Lewis is scheduled to join the show at approximately 11:20 a.m., with first-year Brighton coach Jeff Gardner scheduled for 11:40 a.m.

Also joining the show to provide a different perspective about the buzz at each school will be one of the ringer leaders of each school’s fantastic student sections, Lone Peak’s Connor Humphrey and Brighton’s Bill Laybourne.

In the 4A championship game, No. 1 Orem and No. 3 Olympus have never won a boys basketball state championship, and they’re both aching to end that drought today.

This is the first meeting between the school’s since Olympus beat Orem 56-49 in the 4A first round back in 2009.

Orem coach Golden Holt has Tigers on verge of first state title.

Orem is an athletic team that often doesn’t blow teams out, but rather methodically pulls away with their surprising composure for such a young team. Olympus big man Will Cannon has been huge all week, and he’ll need another big game for the Titans to prevail.

Both Orem coach Golden Holt and Olympus coach Matt Barnes will join The Prep Fan today to talk about the big game. Holt is scheduled to appear at approximately 10:05, with Barnes joining the show at around 10:40.

Olympus’ Darrel Day and Orem’s Matt Gay will join the show as well to provide a fan’s perspective.

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