SALT LAKE CITY — Few guards come as potent as Davis junior Jesse Wade and no one was aware of this more than Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis entering Friday’s matchup between the two teams.
Wade, who is committed to play for Gonzaga, has riddled defenses throughout the year with sharp shooting from the perimeter — averaging 17.3 points and just shy of three 3-pointers per contest.
With Wade’s ability in mind, Lewis formulated a game plan that relied heavily on young sophomore Frank Jackson.
Throughout Lone Peak’s 72-63 semifinal win Jackson helped limit the Davis star to just eight points and 3-9 shooting from the field.
“We felt like we could not give him open shots like he’s been getting because he’s such a good shooter,” Lewis said of his defensive strategy. “Frank did a great job of trailing on screens and then we treated it like a ball screen where if Frank was a little late, we’d show out, wait until Frank got there and then get back to our man.”
Jackson also contributed heavily on the offensive end — scoring 20 points which included several big baskets late.
“He has a high level of poise for his age,” Lewis said. “He’s a real skilled guy, but maybe the most impressive thing is his poise.”
With three straight championship runs under the belt, most of Lone Peak’s roster is used to deep runs in the 5A state tournament. Jackson, who played for Lehi a season ago, is not.
Despite his relative inexperience, Jackson, who is committed to play for BYU, has contributed heavily to his team’s success and is having the time of his life during Lone Peak’s current run.
“It’s exciting and I’m just having a lot of fun,” Jackson said. “I’ve never been here before and it’s great. I love the atmosphere and the toughness. Every team competes, and every game is tough, but I’m loving it.”