High school basketball: Murray rolls through Timpview in quarters 5A


The score of the box

For more than 80 years, until their demolition in 2000, two large chimneys stood at the Murray site where the Intermountain Medical Center now stands and could be seen from anywhere in the Salt Lake Valley.

In Monday’s 5A basketball quarterfinal game, Timpview probably felt like he was trying to shoot over those chimneys against Murray’s Bowen Davies and Dai’Shaun Buie.

Davies, the state’s leader in blocked shots, and Buie combined 11 blocks to lead a dominating defensive performance at the University of Utah by Murray as he rode to a 64-44 victory.

Timpview shot just 21 percent from the field, 16 percent from 3-pointers and scored just 16 points in the paint.

“It gives us that luxury when you have these guys on the inside to play in a different way defensively, so it really felt like we stifled what they wanted to do,” Murray coach Jason Workman said. .

It’s rare for high school teams to have the luxury of having a rim protector, and on Monday Murray had two.

Davies finished the game with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, while Buie came out of the summer recording six points, six rebounds and five blocks. Chudi Anosike, the state’s top scorer, led all scorers with 21 points.

With the win, Murray advances to his first semifinal since losing to American Fork in the 2011 semifinals while still playing in the state’s top seeding. He will take Woods Cross on Wednesday at 8:40 p.m.

“The pressure was on those last three games because those kinds of years with that talent don’t happen that often. The pressure was high to take advantage of that,” Workman said.

The win was also an extra week for Anosike, Davies and point guard Jaxson Workman, who lost to sophomore Timpview in the 5A quarterfinals.

Those three combined for 39 points on Monday.

Early on, Workman said his players were forcing shots and playing a little rushed. As a result, he struggled to create an offense in that first quarter and trailed 10-8.

Midway through the second quarter, Murray began to find his offensive rhythm and closed the half 13-0 to take a 26-14 halftime lead.

The Spartans made 6 of 11 3-pointers in that first half while Timpview struggled from behind the arc at just 1 of 10.

Timpview wasn’t much better inside the 3-point line as he shot a total of 18% in the first half.

Murray held the 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, then extended it with a dominating fourth quarter.

Workman said he still expected to win, but expected it to be a higher-scoring game. His defensive pressure around the perimeter and down the lane was even better than he expected and the result was a tough shooting night for the T-Birds.

“We were really stingy defensively,” Workman said.

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