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February 18, 2014
Heartbreaking loss at Ben Lomond leaves Stallions out of state tourney

The region season started on a positive note for Stansbury boys with a 76-71 win at Tooele.

But the Stallions’ season ended Friday night in Ogden with a 47-43 loss to Ben Lomond to finish last in Region 11 with a 1-7 record.

Because of its two victories over Stansbury, the Scots will get the honor of traveling to St. George on Saturday to face Region 9’s No. 1 team Snow Canyon in the first round of the state playoffs.

Stansbury jumped out to a 7-0 lead with two foul shots from Jonathan Gibby, a basket from Gage Manzione and a 3-pointer from Thomas Griffith. The Scots came back to tie it at 8-8 until a sweet inside move by Justin May made it 10-8 Stallions after the first quarter.

Ben Lomond outscored Stansbury 26-15 in quarters two and three to lead 34-25 entering the fourth quarter when the Stallions made a run.

Shane Andrus started it off with a steal, and Gibby scored his second bucket of the game to make it 34-27 Ben Lomond. Andrus later drained a 3-pointer followed by an inside basket from Manzione to slice the lead to 35-32 with 5:05 left in the contest.

The Stallions were still within a chance of victory when they trailed 42-38 after inside baskets from Taylor Graves and Andrus.

Stansbury battled with a full-court press and was able to take the game to the wire. A 3-point attempt from the corner by May popped in and then out of the hoop.

Then, with 17 seconds left in the contest, Andrus hit his third 3-pointer of the game from the corner to slice the lead to 44-43.

Ben Lomond held on for victory by hitting three-of-four foul shots in the final seconds to earn the trip to St. George.

Scoring: Andrus 13, Graves 10, Manzione 9, Gibby 4, Griffith 4, May 3. Manzione led in the rebounding department with 21 and Graves had 10.

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