Sandy boys sprint past Senators in opener
The Sandy boys basketball team started the season with a bang, blowing out Madison 81-51 on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Pierce Roeder got the Pioneers off to a fast start with a trio of 3-pointers in the game's opening minutes. Sandy kept it rolling when Orion Shaw tipped a pass and sent the ball ahead for Roeder to finish the fast break for an 18-10 lead late in the first quarter.
Madison had a shot to make it a one-possession game early in the second quarter, but Tavon Wilson's 3-point try was off the mark. Sandy grabbed the rebound and went the other way in a flash, ending with Roeder sinking a transition 3.
Moments later, Sandy's Justus Koerte held his ground on the block to deny the Senators a fast-break layup. Action flowed to Sandy's offensive end where Koerte was left alone in the corner for a 3-pointer and a 27-16 lead.
The Pioneers finished the first half strong with Roeder dribbling around the arc, faking a handoff and continuing into the lane for a layup. Kaleb Hubbard sank a fadeaway jumper from the baseline to send Sandy into the locker room with a 38-25 lead.
"We played with great energy," Sandy coach Jason Maki said. "This is a tight group. They have a lot of fun playing together and that showed tonight."
The second half started off much the same way with Hubbard hitting a 3-pointer from the right side on the Pioneers' opening possession.
That prompted Madison coach Chuck Matthews to spend an early timeout, imploring his players 'No more 3s', as they walked toward the bench.
Sandy showed it didn't need to rely on the long ball for success.
With the Senators resolved to defending the arc, Sandy moved inside to get its points.
Roeder drove into the paint, spun away from his defender and rattled home a 12-foot jumper. A few possessions later, Joey Wagner dived out of bounds to save an offensive rebound under the Pioneers' hoop. The extra effort paid off when Tanner Brewster put away a third-chance bucket, putting Sandy fully in charge 51-28 midway through the third quarter.
Roeder led Sandy with 22 points, while Hubbard and Brewster finished with 17 apiece. The Pioneers combined to shoot 10-for-23 (43.5%) from 3-point range.
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