Their work on the defensive end was the difference.
“We played great defense, great defense,” Beck said. “They're a fantastic offensive team, and our defense was great.”
Danville entered the game averaging 74.5 points a game. The Bears had scored 80 or more points in nine games, averaged almost 10 3-point baskets a game, were held below 60 points just twice and had a previous season low of 57.
“That's a high-powered offense,” Andresen said. “Defensively, we covered all the shooters really well. We kept good track and boxed out real well and caused some turnovers. That led to some good offense.”
Danville's gaudy statistics didn't worry Beck.
“I don't want to sound cocky, but we thought we could take away pretty much everything because the second half the other night against Springville, we were unbelievable covering and they've got a great 6-6 player inside, maybe a first- or second-team all-stater,” he said. “These guys are so perimeter oriented … .
“I gave them a challenge because I tried to call guys in their league and nobody would give me anything other than to say, 'Coach, there's no way you can play them zone; you've got to play them man.' So I told our kids, 'We're going to prove to every coach in their league we can play them zone if we want to play them zone. It was a challenge, and I thought our kids really hustled their tails off.”
As it did Thursday in its district championship win against Springville, Easton Valley raced to an early lead. This time, though, the River Hawks never surrendered their advantage. All the River Hawks got involved, too.
“You can see in our practices, it's almost like there's no defense because everybody can shoot,” Andresen said. “It doesn't always translate into games. Jarod came and hit one, Blake hit (too). Jarod hit three. Chase and Logan were both firing, so that definitely helps.”