Boys Basketball 2A State Tournament

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Luke Lacey, Staff Writer

Last week, the boys basketball team competed in the 2A state tournament for the first time in school history. It is also the first year that American Heritage is in the UHSAA.

This was a special year for the state tournament because it’s the first year that the UHSAA is using RPI to rank the teams for the tournament. RPI is a system that takes a team’s wins and losses and strength of schedule and compares it with all the teams in the state. In years past, they took the top 2 teams from each region and ranked them based on their record.

American Heritage started off the tournament with a first round bye since we were ranked 6th in state with a 18-6 record. For the second round, we played Millard #11 at the Horne Activities Center at Snow college in Ephraim. American Heritage started off in the 1st quarter losing 20-12, but after that, it was all American Heritage winning 71-56, with Keba being the leading scorer for both teams with 23 points.

Next, American Heritage played Layton Christian Academy in the quarter finals. Layton Christian (ranked 14) beat Rowland Hall in the second round, which was a big upset since Rowland Hall was ranked 3rd.

Again, American Heritage struggled the 1st half losing 20-32 but rallied back with a 27-7 advantage in the 3rd quarter and ended up winning 59-52 with Keba leading both teams in points with 16 and 8 rebounds.

Layton Christian was predicted to beat us by James Edwards a Deseret News prep editor saying, “Regardless of the opponent throughout the season, the Patriots have tried to play an up-tempo style and it’s worked on many nights. In the quarterfinals against Layton Christian it’s going to be hard to dictate the tempo against a team that completely shutdown Rowland Hall in the second round.

The Patriots will likely need to prove they can win on the defensive side of the ball as well, which isn’t their strength.” Layton Christian was also the defending champions last year, so this was a huge win for American Heritage. In the quarter finals, American Heritage played Beaver who they already played in the regular season winning 47-42 at Beaver.

Beaver has won two championships in the last three years, so we knew this would be a good game, American Heritage started off in the 1st quarter with a 8-0 run and would finish the quarter winning 17-12, After that, is was all Beaver outscoring us 16-4 in the 2nd quarter and winning 53-41 with Ky Brown leading all scorers with 19 and Paora Winitana with 16. Beaver would end up winning the 2A state tournament beating Enterprise (#8) 55-49.