Tooele’s Matt Memmott scorched the nets with three consecutive 3-pointers in the first two minutes of Wednesday’s game against Hillcrest.
Early in the second quarter, he connected on a fourth 3-pointer and was fouled in the act. He hit the free shot for a 4-point play.
Memmott’s offensive fireworks ignited a fabulous shooting night overall for the Buffaloes who routed the 5A Huskies 69-53 in their second home game. The contest was a complete contrast to the opener against Juan Diego, when the Buffaloes seemed out of sync.
“We were more focused tonight than we were in the first game,” said Tooele coach Shawn Faux. “The kids practiced hard the last two days and didn’t let that first game affect them. They have always stayed positive, and I’m glad it all came together tonight. We just need to continue to build and compete in each game — and work together as a team.”
Memmott’s four 3-point baskets in the first half was a personal best.
“I’ve had three (3-pointers) before, but never four. That’s the first time I’ve been fouled on a 3-pointer to get a 4-point play,” Memmott said. “It all starts with our defense setting up our offense. We’ve really worked hard as a team in the offseason.”
Memmott may have ended up with more 3-pointers, but had to sit out the third quarter when he picked up his third foul early in the second half. He sank four-of-five 3-point attempts and six-of-eight shots overall while going one-for-one from the foul line.
The junior’s hot shooting was contagious. The Buffaloes shot 50 percent (6-12) from 3-point land, and 52 percent from the field overall. They nailed 9-of-11 free throws. Hillcrest launched 16 3-point attempts, but only hit 25 percent. The Huskies’ shot 32 percent overall.
Easy baskets on fastbreaks also led to a high percentage for the Buffaloes, and the up-tempo style pleased Faux. “That’s what we want to do — get out and run,” he said.
Four players scored in double figures with Memmott and Justin Pollmann scoring 17 each, Ace Hymas 13 and Tyler Lawrence 12. Hymas controlled the boards with a team-leading 10 rebounds.
Memmott sank his three early 3-pointers, and then Hymas scored an old-fashioned 3-point play with a strong inside move to the basket to put Tooele up 12-2 midway through the first quarter. Tooele extended the lead to 17-6 on a trey by Lawrence. Pollmann banked in a shot at the buzzer to give Tooele a 22-8 first-quarter lead.
It was more of the same in the second quarter with strong defense and rebounding from the Buffaloes. Tooele extended the lead to 45-25 at intermission.
Hillcrest matched the play of the Buffaloes in the third quarter, but were still behind 59-37 after three periods. With a comfortable lead, 12 players saw action in the game for the Buffaloes. Colton Schofield scored 5 points, Andrew Spendlove 2, Nick Swartzman 2 and Ryan Brady 1.
Lawrence dished out eight assists, and Pollmann had seven.
Tooele faces a stiff test on Friday when it travels to Kearns. Kearns blasted Fremont 63-39 on Tuesday.