In high school basketball circles, just about everyone had heard of Roy junior standout Brekkott Chapman heading into this week’s 4A state tournament at Weber State, but a lot of people had ever seen him play.
Roy didn’t qualify for the playoffs during Chapman’s sophomore season, and he never got that opportunity play on neutral court and in front of neutral tourney spectators.
That changed in a big way on Tuesday.
Despite being sick with a cold, Chapman recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks in a dominant performance during Roy’s 59-46 victory.
Neither were by any means career highs, but considering he was coming off a 9-point, 2-rebound performance in a 70-33 season-ending loss to Sky View, his consistency was very important for a quick bounce back for the Royals.
His interior defense was a big reason Roy enjoyed a 26-14 scoring edge in the paint.
Roy coach Dan McClure had a hunch watching Chapman in warm-ups that he was posed for a for a big game.
“He’s been looking forward to this,” said McClure. “He’s played in some big-time events, some AAU stuff, but he is a team-first guy. He wants us to win. It sounds cliché but it’s true.”
Chapman’s stat line could’ve been much better, but like most of his teammates he struggled from the free throw line making just 5 of 14. As a team Roy was 22 of 28 from the line.
If Roy hopes to upset Region 6 champion in the quarterfinals on Thursday, the entire team will need to shoot better from the free throw line.