Tuesday , January 16, 2018 - 9:28 PM
PLAIN CITY — Fremont’s players did everything they could to get open shots and open drives.
It was a hard task against Layton’s defense, yet many times when the Silver Wolves thought they had an open look at the rim or outside, there was 6-foot-10 Collin Jeppson and his outstretched arm.
The Lancers’ big man blocked eight shots (four in the first quarter), altered several others and scored a team-high 15 points in a 49-46 win Tuesday at Fremont. The win put Layton (3-1) in a tie atop Region 1 with Syracuse, who beat the Lancers last Friday.
“The coaches do well teaching us to meet the shot up high instead of when it’s coming out of the hands, with my height that makes it a lot easier to block a lot of shots,” Jeppson said.
Something happened in the first half which could’ve been of huge consequence had Dallin Hall’s 3-pointer fell on Fremont’s final possession of the game.
With his team trailing 20-11 in the second quarter, Layton’s Brooks Kokkola swished a deep two-pointer. The referee clearly signaled a two-pointer to the scorer’s table and did not raise both his arms to signal a made 3-pointer.
Yet the score became 20-14 instead of 20-13. In the official scorebook, the score at halftime read 24-23 in favor of the Silver Wolves. Fremont head coach Corey Melaney appealed to the referees and the scorers before the second half started, but to no avail.
“We lost to a good team, a well-coached team who I respect ... There’s no doubt we had our chances, we just didn’t make quite enough plays to get it done,” Melaney said.
In the end, the scoring discrepancy didn’t matter. But at that specific time in the second quarter, Kokkola was struggling.
He appeared to heavily tweak his right knee when he landed after a layup and motioned for a substitute, which didn’t come for more than five minutes of game action that featured no stoppages.
“He’s an amazing player, man, you gotta give him a lot of credit for that,” Jeppson said.
Kokkola stayed on the floor, setting screens, rebounding, getting his hands in passing lanes and making that jumper in response to a Hall 3-pointer.
Hall with the J. 49-46 (48-46) Layton lead pic.twitter.com/HwaFCEm6dI— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 17, 2018
Hall scored a game-high 19 points, including a tough jumper that pulled Fremont within the final 49-46 margin late in the game.
Cade Hadley was the only other Fremont player in double figures with 10 points. The 46 points are the lowest the Silver Wolves have scored all season. There were two reasons for that.
A lot of Fremont shots just barely rolled off the rim, and Layton’s height (the Lancers starting five is 6-foot-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-6 and 6-10) made getting easy shots a difficult task.
“I was proud of our guys, we had an advantage inside and tonight was really one of those nights where we took advantage of that,” Layton head coach Kelby Miller said.
Brooks Kokkola at the buzzer. 39-34 Layton leads Fremont (38-34 actually) pic.twitter.com/P092GodTWC— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 17, 2018
Kokkola finished with 14 points for the Lancers and Skyler Turner scored 12.
Final: Layton 49-46 Fremont pic.twitter.com/7hUfrHetyv— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 17, 2018
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