SALT LAKE CITY — Any Utah fans attending the 5A high school basketball tournament Tuesday briefly witnessed the possibilities with Hunter’s Noah Togiai.
The junior, who committed to play basketball on the hill, put on a show in the Wolverines’ 55-47 loss against Copper Hills in the first round. The hybrid, ultra-athletic guard finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals despite relentless attention as the only consistent option on the floor.
His afternoon was highlighted by several plays including a nasty no-look bounce pass that eventually equated to a three-point play and a rim-rocking follow up dunk. Throughout the game he displayed his unique ability — particularly handling off the dribble — for his stature.
However, that was well known already. Specifically, Togiai impressed with play down the stretch as he virtually single-handily kept Hunter’s brakes from going out. He delivered a buzzer-beating mid-range jumper as time expired in the third quarter despite losing his footing. Then, as Copper Hills began to pull away again, he hit several big buckets including a straightaway 3-pointer, which pulled the Wolverines within two, 47-45, with 90 seconds left.