SALT LAKE CITY — Bountiful’s highly touted backcourt comprised of Sam Merrill and Zac Seljaas has been widely publicized, and for good reason.
Both players, who have accepted Division-1 scholarships with Utah State (Merrill) and BYU (Seljaas), are electrifying offensively and instinctive on the defensive end. They deserve it.
Obviously the duo’s presence doesn’t hurt, but it’s the role players —if that terminology is even an appropriate description — who strengthen Bountiful’s attack.
Jeff Pollard, who has slowly started gained the recognition he deserves, is an animal on the interior block. In Monday’s 76-44 win against Provo, he scored 14 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots while challenging a dozen more.
“Jeff Pollard is every bit as important to us getting 14 rebounds,” Bountiful coach Mike Maxwell said. “He’s blocking shots — they can’t get to the rim with him standing there and playing defense like he did. I was really pleased with him.”
Jordan Bleak pickpocketed four steals en route to 10 points. Trevor Lloyd added nine points and three assists and clogged pathways with his defensive positioning. Then, Andrew Lund connected on all three of his attempts from the floor for six points along with five rebounds.
“Jordan and Trevor played great defense,” Merrill said. “They got a couple of steals that really helped us out.”