#sportsscores | 6A boys basketball championship: Fremont scores ultimate revenge in beating Davis 55-52


SALT LAKE CITY — The third time proved to be the charm for Fremont in taking a 55-52 win over Davis for the 6A state championship.

Losers to the Darts by wide margins twice in the regular season, the Silverwolves made certain to come out on the winning end when it mattered most.

“This is huge. It means so much to all of us,” said Fremont’s Dallin Hall as he paused to talk with the media between celebrations with his team. “This is a dream come true, with all my brothers. I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.”

As always, Hall was exceptional in the win. Sure, his 16 points scored was far below the 38 he put up in the semifinal round, but considering the general flow of the game, not to mention his 11 assists, Hall yet again simply took what was given him.

Of course it helped considerably that he was surrounded by capable teammates.

Take Baylor Harrop as just one example. With the Darts tying things up at 51-51 late, Harrop not only hit the go-ahead basket with 1:53 remaining, but followed it up with a steal and a layup to put his team up 55-51 with just under a minute remaining.

Harrop finished with 12 points on the afternoon, with Mitch Stratford adding 11, which included three big 3-pointers, and Tige Voorhees chipped in another 10, which included a 5-for-5 effort from the foul line.

“I can’t even thank them enough,” Hall said of his teammates. “They opened everything up for me, and I trust them. They hit the hugest shots, and they’re big-time players.”

As Hall’s 11 assists strongly suggest, he had confidence in his teammates to finish, with those same teammates responding time and again.

Indeed, it takes everyone on top of their game to get by a team like Davis. The Darts entered as the tournament favorite, and with good reason, proving able to battle Fremont every step of the way in a game that didn’t leave much margin for error. The teams battled back and forth throughout the first half, with Fremont earning a 10-9 lead through the first quarter and a 27-25 lead at the half.

The third quarter followed the same course, although the Silverwolves did stretch the lead to 45-41, and then 47-41 off a Harrop basket just seconds into the fourth quarter.

“To be honest, we didn’t play at our best the first two games against (Davis), but if anything, that gave us fire to come out today,” Harrop said. “We had extreme confidence that we were going to come out here and win today, and that’s exactly what we did.”

Of course Davis didn’t just go away, and managed six straight points to tie things at 47-47 with just under four minutes remaining.

“Davis is a great team, and well-coached, and we knew that,” Hall said. “We had to battle for everything, and a lot of respect to those guys.”

Davis was led on the afternoon by Spencer Vernon, who led all scorers with 19 points, and Trevan Leonhardt, who added 16 points.

As for what it took to get the championship to the Fremont men’s basketball program, Silverwolves’ coach Corey Melaney credited the girls program. Indeed, the girls program has been in top form for a while and took home a state championship two years ago.

“Our girls are so good, and that’s all we try and do, is just try and win like them, to be honest with you,” Melaney said. “They raise the bar and it makes us better.”

As for where Fremont goes from here is anyone’s guess, although the team’s 10 seniors will remember the process and the moment forever.

“It’s truly just a special feeling,” Harrop said. “We’ve been looking forward to this day, and so confident that we could get here. Now that it’s here, it’s just truly special and something I’ll never forget. All of us will remember this for the rest of our lives.”

Deseret News 6A all-tournament team

MVP — Dallin Hall, Fremont

Baylor Harrop, Fremont

Spencer Vernon, Davis

Trevan Leonhardt, Davis

Ethan Potter, Layton

Cameron Brimhall, Lone Peak



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