By Sarah Thomas
The Roy boys basketball team had a noticeable hole on the bench and on the court in its opening round victory over Skyline, 62-60, at the Huntsman Center on Monday morning.
Brekkott Chapman was sidelined after violating team rules. Nothing more was said about the incident that caused the suspension for Monday’s game and it was not announced to the team until right before boarding the bus. The late announcement created a scramble as the players and coaching staff worked to make fast emotional and game plan-related adjustments.
“The guys actually found out about 10 minutes before we loaded that bus that we’d be without him and that’s really quick,” said Roy coach Dan MClure. “That’s a really quick turnaround, and to be able to put some things together mentally and then us making some adjustments on both ends of the floor, they responded really well.”
Chapman, who is averaging 16.67 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, has been a crucial piece to the Royals’ success this season, which included their first region championship in two decades. A 6-foot-9 senior, Chapman is one of the top 50 recruits in the country and has committed to play for the University of Utah next season.
However, Roy played two games without him early in the season and the coaches and players said although they did not want to, they felt comfortable taking the floor without him.
“It’s tough, but all of our scoring has been even throughout the season so it was ok,” said junior forward Nate Jones. “We showed (that it is tough) in the first half. After the first half, we realized that we were ready to play and were good.”
They Royals used a 12-0 run late in the game to rally from and 8-0 deficit and ultimately escaped with the narrow but definite victory. The team will take the floor again Wednesday at 5:50 p.m. However, Chapman’s status for that game is still unknown.
“I haven’t (decided),” McClure said. “We will see moving forward. (You will know) by tip Wednesday.”