OGDEN — In a 4A state tournament game where emotions and momentum could’ve been Provo’s biggest asset, Logan wasted little time breaking Provo’s spirits at the Dee Events Center on Tuesday afternoon.
Spurred on by a raucous Logan student section, the Grizzlies jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, stretched it to 21-8 by the end of the first quarter and never looked back in a convincing 70-50 victory over the underdog Bulldogs.
After building the early double-digit cushion, the Region 5 champion Grizzlies never let it once dip into single digits.
Tyler Brimhall was sensational throughout the victory, scoring a game-high 30 points on a scintillating 11-of-14 shooting from the field to go along with his team-high six rebounds and team-high four steals.
“We came out hot, it’s very hard to come back when we jump out 7-0 in the first minute, and then our crowd obviously, it’s a very helpful thing to have a giant crowd,” said Brimhall.
As good as his team was offensively — 60 percent shooting can testify to that quality — Logan coach Logan Brown was most impressed with his team’s defensive effort.
“I felt like our guys played really well, limited them to one possession at a time, cause they’re big. They’re a little bit bigger than us down low. I felt we did a really good job containing their big guys and getting rebounds and playing team basketball,” said Brown.
Provo shot the ball pretty well too, 46 percent, but could never make a dent in Logan’s hot start. Hunter Bailey led the way for the Bulldogs with 13 points.
With the victory, Logan advances to Thursday’s 4A quarterfinals and will face Kearns at 5:50 p.m.
For Provo, the loss brings an end to the remarkable Craig Drury era. Tuesday was his last game as Provo’s head coach after 32 years and eight state championships.
Even though his team was never really in the game, Drury still coached throughout, even managing to chew out the refs a handful of times as well.
Logan players paid their respects to Drury after the game by standing at midcourt and clapping as Drury went over to thank Provo’s student section.
Brown said he was humbled to coach against Drury in his last game.
“I think it’s a tough thing for me personally because there’s not a guy or a coach in the state I respect more in the state than Craig Drury,” said Brown. “To understand what that guy’s done to our state and the impact he’s made, I’m very humbled to be able to play him. I’ve learned a lot from him through the years. He’s a legend.”
Drury he said the reality of Tuesday being his last game probably won’t sink in for a few days.
“Right now it doesn't seem unusual — there's nothing that's different. The emotions will come when the differences come, so even though intellectually I know that was my last game, it hasn't set in at all at this point. It probably won't set in until I go to the game next year, and there's guys in green jerseys and I'm up in the stands yelling at refs,” he said.
James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer.