UTAH 4A HOOPS TOURNAMENT PREVIEW: SNOW CANYON WARRIORS
REGION 9 RECORD:
Wins: Crimson Cliffs, Cedar, Hurricane, Desert Hills, Crimson Cliffs, Pine View, Cedar
Losses: Pine View, Dixie, Dixie
UTAH 4A CLASSIFICATION RANKS: (Stats sourced from MaxPreps and the Deseret News)
OFFENSIVE PPG: 61.5
Ranked 9th overall in 4A.
DEFENSIVE PPG: 57.1
Ranked 11th overall in 4A.
THREE POINTERS: 139/406 (34 Percent)
The Warriors have only experienced a losing streak one time this season. Outside of that, the Warriors have not experienced consecutive losses under Coach Ball, proving their ability to adjust and adapt.
Owen Mackay, 6’5, Senior, forward.
24.5 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.4 APG
The Utah Tech commit has been one of the best bucket getters in the entire state with his 24.5 points per contest, currently good for the #1 spot in scoring for 4A.
Mackay is the powerful combination of a fundamental basketball player combined with a freak athlete.
Despite being opponents #1 priority, Mackay finds seemingly new ways on the nightly to put the ball in the hoop.
Whether it be a high-flying throwdown, tough reverse layup or a wicked step back three, Mackay is the complete package.
If we were to just count the last ten games alone, in which Snow Canyon has gone 7-3, Mackay has averaged 27.6 with 2.5 three pointers made a night.
Despite the high usage of a player like Owen, his efficiency shines through still managing to shoot 51 percent on the year, despite taking nearly 14 shots a night.
Owen is a clutch player, showing some of his best stuff when the game gets tight, which makes him a must watch for tournament time.
The Warriors have really found their rhythm this second half of the season.
The roster has always been intriguing, Mackay has always been a star, but Snow Canyon has seemed to find another gear as the season winds down.
Despite a tough loss VS Dixie, Snow Canyon has won 5 of their last six matchups.
In those Warrior victories, SCHS has won 15 of the 20 quarters they played.
Even More impressive is the fact that Snow Canyon led the ball game at the end of all 20 of those quarters throughout the 5-game streak.
With such wire-to-wire victories in hand, the Warriors have demonstrated how dangerous they can be when their consistency and focus is up.
The Warriors have Mackay scoring at an elite level, surrounded by great three-point shooters in Drey Smith and Damon Ence, solid Bigs in Carter Cambell and Owen Iloa, and a do it all defensive ace of a floor general in Trey Kelsch.
Be careful to give this team a lead, they may not give it back.