Despite loss, Legend gets ‘culture back’

Mountain Vista ends Titans’ season in playoffs


Legend was ushered out of the Class 5A boys basketball playoffs after a 47-39 loss to Continental League opponent Mountain Vista on Feb. 25.

Still, Titans coach Kevin Boley felt his team found something important this season.

“Going into the season, we didn’t know what to expect because we graduated so much,” Boley said. “One of the things we just talked about was being really thankful for the three seniors. We’re proud of the guys just the way they competed all year and continued to grow and embraced the pressure.

“We just really got our culture back. We reset the tone, showed the younger guys how we are supposed to play and do things in Legend basketball. That was the biggest thing for us walking away was we feel like we got the program back.”

Legend, seeded 20th, ended the season with a 15-10 record, following the second-round loss to No. 13 seed Mountain Vista, which took a 16-8 record into a March 1 Sweet 16 game against Grandview.

The Titans, which doubled-teamed 6-foot-8 Mountain Vista senior Jake Belknapp and held him to two points, played inspired basketball in grabbing a 21-13 halftime lead in the game played at Mountain Vista.

The Golden Eagles didn’t take their first lead until Simon May’s basket with 5:35 left in the fourth quarter gave Vista a 36-34 lead.

May’s basket started a 13-5 run for Vista to finish the game.

“I thought we did a real good job of taking care of the ball, especially in the first half,” Boley said. “We did a real good job of rebounding and all the things we had to do to give ourselves a chance. Obviously, Vista is a good team, they made plays in the second half that they needed to but I’m real proud of our guys.

“Going into a game like this you know you have to deal with Jake and Issac (Essien). They had some others that stepped up made some shots and plays.”

Senior Blake Fields, the Titans’ leading scorer this season, had a game-high 15 points against Vista.


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