Boys Basketball Schedule

Local teams go 3-1 on first day of Coach Walker Classic

Hurricane 61, Uintah 37

The Utes are having a rough preseason, dropping to 0-7 with the big loss to the Tigers. Three of those losses are blowouts to Region 9 teams (Hurricane, Pine View and Desert Hills).

In this one, Last was phenomenal, recording such high school basketball rarities as a four-point play, two breakaway jams and a near triple-double. He finished the contest with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

“He definitely took it upon his shoulders in this one,” Hurricane coach Todd Langston said of his senior guard. “He was especially big in the third quarter. He’s so unselfish and he tries to get all his teammates involved, but sometimes we just need him to take over a game.”

It was still a game at 30-20 three minutes into the third quarter when Last went on an epic run. The streak included a couple of steals, a couple of free throws and a couple of 3-pointers. He helped Hurricane score 12 unanswered, including converting on a four-point play in which he swished a trey, rolled on the floor in pain for a moment, then swished a free throw.

“I challenged the kids, because we have had some bad third quarters this year,” Langston said. “But we got a few transition buckets and hit a few shots and before you knew it, it was a 20-point game.”

Langston was quick to point out that his team is young and inexperienced. Many of his players are in their first year of varsity and the Tigers have logged just three games so far this year.

Reagan Marshall, who is suffering from a hip injury, was back in the lineup and hit a big 3-pointer late in the first quarter that gave Hurricane a 9-7 lead. That was followed by seven quick points from Last to make it 16-7 and the rout was starting to take shape.

The Tigers made seven 3-pointers in the game (on just 19 attempts), while forcing the Utes to go 13 of 45 from the floor and to commit 20 turnovers.

Hurricane continues in the Walker Classic with a 3 p.m. Friday meeting with Manti.

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