Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 7, 2021
Alta defeats Stansbury in Stallions’ home opener

Stallions host 6A Clearfield tonight 

After falling behind by 16 points early in the fourth quarter, Stansbury battled back to slice Alta’s lead to 60-53 with three minutes left in Friday’s game, but the visitors hit their foul shots in the final minutes to defeat the Stallions  65-55.

Stansbury opened the season with an 80-43 victory at Delta on Nov. 23, and followed it with a 66-63 win at Mountain View Wednesday. Stansbury hosts 6A Clearfield (0-3) tonight.

“I like how we are progressing,” said Stanbury coach Joe White. “I really like our defensive effort and the kids are playing hard. There are things we can improve on; we need to be more efficient on offense.”

White said the team will face another major test tonight against Clearfield.

“They are much better than their record indicates,” he said.

Clearfield took Viewmont (2-3) to overtime and lost 62-55; they lost 50-43 to Bonneville (3-0), and lost to East (1-1) 44-33.

The Stallions return a talented group this season with Logan Richins, Landen Giles, Bridger Thomas, Matthew Topham and Will Hinton and Preston Birch leading the way.

Alta jumped out to an 11-2 advantage in the first two minutes of Friday’s game, but the Stallions stayed within striking distance on a bucket and foul shot from Richins and 3-point baskets from Giles and Thomas to trail 20-14 after one quarter.

Giles was able to slice the lead to 23-20 early in the second quarter with another 3-pointer. The senior would either drive and score or sink 3-pointers. By the end of the night he scored 24 points with four 3-pointers.

Alta, however, knocked down seven 3-pointers in the game, compared to Stanbury’s five.

Stansbury trailed 38-32 at intermission.

Alta increased the lead to 18 at one point of the third quarter, and led 56-43 after three quarters.

The Hawks led 59-43 early in the fourth when the Stallions made another run.

Topham followed his own shot for a basket to slice the lead to 59-47, and then he stole the ball and drove in for a layup to make it 59-49.

Stansbury cut the lead to 60-53 on a drive and score by Giles with 3:04 left in the game, but the Stallions could not close the gap any further, and Alta made foul shots in the final minute.

 

Mark Watson

Sports Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Mark directs all editorial coverage of sports in addition to reporting on a wide range of events from high school football to international racing. He has a wealth of journalism experience, having worked for four other newspapers in the state. Mark grew up in Tooele County and graduated from Grantsville High School and Brigham Young University.

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