SALT LAKE CITY —- The good news for Lone Peak was coming away with an 82-79 double-overtime victory over Bingham late Thursday night at the Huntsman center.
The bad news? A seemingly tough turnaround to play a tough Davis team the very next night.
Fortunately for the Knights this isn’t their first rodeo. Far from it.
Coach Quincy Lewis has scheduled many tournaments for his teams the last few years — including trips around the country last season. He feels his team will be equal to the task of a quick turnaround, as a result despite the physical and mental strain incurred with Thursday’s double-overtime win.
“When you get in the tournament, you get that adrenaline going and there’s no excuses,” Lewis said. “We’ve played four games in three days in (Las) Vegas just before Christmas. In fact we had a two hour gap between one of them and so this team is no stranger to have to turn around and play.”
It’s also a a big help having arrived on top of the 5A tournament in each of the last three seasons. Some of the more experienced players played roles in each of the championship runs and know what’s to be expected.
Games don’t come easy in last in the 5A tournament and Lewis expects a very tough game against Davis and its coach Jay Welk.
“(I have) a lot of respect to Jay Welk. This is his last year and I have a ton of respect for that guy,” Lewis said. “He’s done a great job and they have a really skilled team. They’re a lot better than this Bingham team, who is a real physical team…but Davis is more of a skilled team.”
Davis, like Lone Peak, was pushed to the brink Thursday night by Copper Hills — eventually winning in overtime 66-62.
The Darts feature standout guards Abel Porter and Jesse Wade, who should provide competitive matchups for Lone Peak’s backcourt duo of TJ Haws and Frank Jackson.
“It should be a great game. I have a lot of respect for those guys,” Haws said following Thursday’s game.