Riverton boys basketball makes it to state tournament
by Crystal Liechty
Mar 06, 2009 | 1970 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senior Scott Friel, Riverton’s leading scorer, goes up for a layup in a game against Bingham earlier this season. Friel and his Silverwolves placed third in Region 3 and advanced to the 5A state tournament.
Senior Scott Friel, Riverton’s leading scorer, goes up for a layup in a game against Bingham earlier this season. Friel and his Silverwolves placed third in Region 3 and advanced to the 5A state tournament.
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The Riverton High School boys basketball team headed into the state tournament March 2 with few losses and a lot of confidence. The Silverwolves finished third in region and were at 16-4 during the regular season.

“Tournament play is always very unpredictable but we know we can compete with and beat any team in the state,” said head coach Steve Galley. “We also know we can be beaten on any given day by many teams.”

Galley believes one of the team’s biggest strengths is its overall balance. “We don’t have to rely on just one or two players. We have multiple people who can do some damage,” he said.

Among those players are senior guard/forward Scott Friel, senior guard Sean Nielson, senior forward/center Ryan Thomas, senior forward/center Jeff Tanner, senior forward/center Justin Valdez, senior guard Marco Trujillo and junior guard Garrett Gunderstrup.

“I am very proud of how this team has performed,” Galley said. “We can always be better and perform better but this team has exceeded many expectations of others. We knew if we had improvements by all of our players individually over the offseason that we had a chance to be a very good team.”

Galley believes if the team can work on it turnovers, it’ll have a better chance at advancing in the state tournament. Meanwhile, he’s working on instilling lifelong lessons in his players.

“I want to teach my players about dealing with success and adversity appropriately so that they can be prepared for the very difficult world they will face beyond basketball,” he said.

Riverton faced Clearfield, Region 1’s second-place team, in the first round of the 5A state tournament at West Valley City’s E Center March 2. Results were unavailable at press time.

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