After slow start, Firth blows past Ririe
FIRTH — Coming into Saturday night's game with Nuclear Conference leader Firth the Ririe Bulldogs had just three wins and two of those came against Aberdeen.
So it was easy to see how the Firth faithful were expecting a blowout of the Cougars.
They did eventually leave the school after watching a blowout victory, but it did not go the way many had thought.
It took the Cougars almost five minutes of the opening quarter to score a basket and they scored just four first quarter points.
But after that opening quarter Firth head coach Scott Adams got his team going as the Cougars scored 64 points in the final three quarters to earn a 68-19 victory.
Adams did not start his normal lineup against the Bulldogs and whether or not they had any affect on the Cougars slow start is unclear. But what the fans did notice was that shots were not following on both sides of the floor.
Through the firs 6:33 of the first quarter the Cougars led 4-0.
The Bulldogs got a three pointer from Ryan Hoopes in the final seconds of the first quarter as Firth led 4-3.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter the Bulldogs were able to keep the game close as the score was tied 7-7 with 6:04 left until halftime.
The game changed for good just few seconds later as the Cougars went on a 17-3 run in which they hit three three pointers to build a 24-10 lead at the half.
The Firth scoring prowess continued into the second half as right from the start the Cougars got the ball down into Dallan Bingham in the low post.
Bingham scored eight of the Cougars first 10 third quarter points as the Firth lead swelled to 21.
Senior guard Jordan Chapman took over after that.
Chapman scored 15 third quarter points including a trio of three pointers as the Cougars led 53-14 after three quarters.
In that third quarter the Firth defense held Ririe without a point for the final six minutes as the lead continued to swell.
With most of the starters on the bench for the final period the points continued through the basket all quarter long from the reserves.
Lucas Orme scored seven points in the quarter as the mercy rule was in effect and the game clock ran out.
Chapman led all scorers with a game-high 24 points. Bingham added 13 and Orme finished the game with nine points.
The victory runs the Cougars winning streak to eight games.
Firth (13-3, 5-0 Nuclear Conference) travel to North Fremont on Wednesday.
Firth 68, Ririe 19
Ririe 3 7 4 5 — 19
Firth 4 20 29 15 — 68
Ririe — Ryan Hoopes 1 3-4 6, Dewayne Hodges 2 0-0 4, Cody Slayden 2 0-0 4, Jake Wilson 0 1-2 1, Zack Gamett 2 0-0 4. Firth — Braydon Adams 2 2-4 7, Dallan Bingham 4 5-7 13, Zak Johnson 1 2-2 4, Connor Burkhart 3 0-0 6, Jordan Chapman 9 1-2 24, Lucas Orme 4 0-0 9, Aaron McCree 1 0-0 2, Jason Gemar 1 0- 1.