SALT LAKE CITY — Even though his hand is casted and he is restricted to the bench, Olympus junior Jake Lindsey is still doing all he can to contribute to his team’s run through the 4A boys basketball state tournament taking place at the Huntsman Center this week.
Two days after learning he had broken his right hand in practice and would therefore not be in uniform for the rest of the season, Lindsey stood at the end of his team’s bench, shouting strategy and encouragement as the Titans took down Highland, 65-50, in the quarterfinals Wednesday evening.
“We didn’t have enough chairs so I just decided, ‘I’ll just stand over here and yell,'” Lindsey said.
“We had a pretty good idea coming into this game about Highland. We played them early on in the season,” he said, noting the Titans’ 17-point victory over the Rams in early December. “So I just wanted to help my guys and let them know if there was someone they needed to watch or if they needed to be in help or just do whatever I could to contribute.”
Lindsey, a 6-foot-4 guard, was the Titans’ second-leading scorer throughout the season, averaging 18.52 points per night. Not having him in uniform was a knock to the Olympus scoring output as well as a shock with the news coming just hours before Olympus played Sky View in the opening round of the tournament.
“I was really emotional that day, but I was still pretty loud and vocal,” Lindsey said. “(Monday) it was more to get my guys going and today it was more to help them out on the floor. Highland’s a pretty tough team to guard. They move the ball well and they have a pretty complicated offense, you’ve really got to pay attention, so it kind of helps to have someone in your ear.”
The Titans will meet Bountiful in the semifinals Friday at 4:10 p.m., and Lindsey will again be at the end of the bench offering any and all assistance he can contribute.