Juan Diego dominated Tooele in the first half, and closed out strong in the fourth quarter to beat the Buffaloes 81-48 on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
The Soaring Eagle blasted off the runway quickly and jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game, and led 22-9 after one quarter.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, and the lead expanded to 42-19 by halftime.
The visitors scored in a variety of ways, and were particularly on fire from the outside. Will Hoffler connected on four 3-pointers for the game and point guard Gabe Colosimo played nearly flawless with 31 points. Colosimo also added a pair of 3-pointers.
Juan Diego tallied six 3-pointers compared to Tooele’s one 3-pointer.
Tooele starting center sophomore Connor Searle injured his knee early in the game and did not return.
Justin Pollmann finally broke the ice for Tooele on a baseline drive to make it 9-2 early.
The Buffaloes’ Ace Hymas scored five points and Tyler Lawrence two in the first quarter.
Tooele narrowed the gap to 22-13 with four consecutive points to start the second quarter, but Juan Diego responded with eight points in a row to widen the gap.
Hoffler buried another trey from the left corner right before halftime to give Juan Diego a comfortable 42-19 advantage.
Tooele kept pace in the third quarter with Juan Diego winning the quarter 20-18.
Juan Diego widened the gap to 28 points early in the third, but Tooele went on a run and trimmed 12 points off the lead down to 16.
Pollmann scored back-to-back baskets on a pair of drives followed by a bucket from Tyler Lawrence on a spin move. The run continued with a pair of foul shots from Pollmann, and a basket from Lawrence on an assist by Matt Memmott. Pollmann sank two more free throws followed by another basket with an assist from Lawrence. Tooele trailed 51-35.
Juan Diego closed out the quarter on an 11-2 run to dash any hope of a Tooele comeback and led by 25 after three quarters. The Soaring Eagle then outscored Tooele 19-11 in the final quarter.
Pollmann scored 18, Lawrence 10, Ace Hymas 9, Colton Schofield 4, Memott 2, Andrew Spendlove 2, Ryan Brady 2, Lincoln Powers 1.
Tooele hosts Hillcrest on Wednesday, and plays at Kearns on Friday.