Viewmont’s defense holds Northridge shooters in check

By Sarah Thomas

OGDEN — Viewmont basketball coach Jeff Emery was concerned about the 3-point shooting ability of the Northridge Knights.

The Knights’ three big shooters had combined for 140 long-range shots on the season, and Emery knew his defense had to pay special attention to them in order to survive the first round game of the 5A state tournament at the Dee Events Center on Monday evening.

“We saw so many films on them, I think I was in the fetal position when I’d go to bed at night,” Emery said after the Vikings held on for a 56-43 victory. “Watching (Jacob) Bigler drain 3 after 3, and then No. 32 (Dallas Bond) would drain 3s, and then (Preston) Christiansen would drain 3s.”

The Vikings prepared to defend the perimeter, but admitted that sometimes a team is simply on fire.

“We knew they could shoot it,” Emery continued. “We just said, ‘you know what? If they can beat us with a hard, high hand contesting those perimeter shots, if they beat us, we’ll shake their hand and say good job.’”

Fortunately for the Vikings, the Northridge shots weren’t falling. The Knights attempted 41 3-pointers and hit just seven. That’s 17.1 percent from long range. They were just 2 of 21 for 9.5 percent in the second half.

After Christiansen scored 36 points with four 3s in the Knights’ final game of the regular season against Davis, Viewmont held him to a more manageable 15 points. He was also 0 for 13 from beyond the arc.

Bond was 3 for 12 from long range and Bigler was 3 for 13.

By contrast, Viking attempted just eight 3-pointers and made three for 37.5 percent. McKay Johnson hit two 3s and finished with 14 points while Austin Johnson hit a 3-pointer and had five points.

“Typically,” Emery conceded, “it’s hard to win from the perimeter, especially up here on the big floor.”

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