Tyler Lawrence scored 65 points in three victories for the Tooele freshman basketball team to help the Buffaloes win the Region 11 freshman tournament last week at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden. The Buffaloes downed Ogden 47-44 in the first game, Bear River 51-47 in the second game and Morgan 54-37 in the championship game.
Grantsville’s freshmen also played strong winning two of their three games at the tourney. The Cowboy lost a close opener 56-58 to Bear River, defeated Ogden 60-50 in the second game and downed Stansbury 41-37 in the final game. The Stallions went 1-2 with a win over Mound Fort Junior High School and losses to Morgan and Grantsville.
Lawrence scored all nine of Tooele’s points in the first quarter against Ogden and the two teams were deadlocked at 9-9. The Buffaloes got a lot of help from a variety of players in the second quarter as they cruised out to a 26-18 halftime advantage with a 17-point quarter.
Matt Memmott scored five points in the second which included a 3-pointer. Lawson Ross, Lawrence and Cole Schneider all added 2-point buckets and Kaden Curry drained a 3-pointer. Nick Swartzman added a pair of free throws and Jake Brady added a foul shot.
Tooele added to its lead by outscoring Ogden 14-11 in the third quarter to push the Buffaloes advantage to 40-27. Lawrence scored eight in the third quarter while Memmott and Schneider added 2-point buckets with Brady scoring twice from the line.
Ogden rallied in the final quarter, but Tooele held on to win the game 47-44.
The second victory over Bear River was tight throughout the game and the Buffaloes led 20- 19 at intermission. Tooele found its range from 3-point land in the third quarter with triples from a trio of players. Marcus Bunn sank a trey as did Memmott and Lawrence to widen Tooele’s lead to 33-27 after three quarters. The Buffaloes were able to hold onto their lead throughout the fourth quarter to win 51-47. Tooele was able to hit 5-of-8
free throws in the final quarter to maintain its advantage. Ross and Lawrence each scored seven points in the final stanza. Tooele shined in the championship game with a 54-37 drubbing of Morgan. The Buffaloes outscored the Trojans in every quarter.
Lawrence scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the first half and Tooele surged out to a 32-21 advantage at intermission. Tooele led 18-11 after the first quarter with the help of three 3-pointers from Lawrence and a trey from Memmott. Lawrence continued to scorch the nets in the second quarter with another 3-pointer and three 2-point buckets. Ross added a basket to help the Buffs to a 32-21 lead.
The teams played evenly in the third quarter, but Tooele still managed to outscore the Trojans with two 3-point baskets from Memmott and a pair of 2-point baskets from Stratton Atherley. Tooele held a comfortable 44-29 lead after three quarters.
The two teams combined for only three 2-point field goals in the final quarter while they spent most of the quarter shooting foul shots. Tooele hit six-of-seven foul shots and Morgan connected on six-ofeight free throws in the final stanza. Lawrence scored two 2-point baskets and Atherley added a bucket in the fourth for the Buffaloes. Tooele won all four quarters in the championship game leading 18-11 after the first, 32-21 at halftime, 42-29 after three and 54-37 after four.
Tooele freshmen were coached this year by John Mahler. Grantsville freshmen were coached by Shane Heath and Stansbury freshmen were coached by Vaughn Turner.
Members of the Grantsville team included Tyson Elfors, Braden Sandberg, Ben Johnson, Aaron Harrison, Max Daybell, Wyatt Barrus, Dalton Serr, Cade Coon, Trent Riddle and Jake Bush.