A game that looked promising for the first 16 minutes of play went horribly wrong after halftime on Tuesday night for the Stansbury boys basketball team.
The Stallions were locked in an exciting, fast-paced, back-and-forth battle with Region 11 foe Bonneville on the Lakers’ home floor in Washington Terrace, trailing by just six points at halftime. But a woeful third quarter did Stansbury in, as Bonneville went on a 16-5 run on its way to a convincing 63-38 win that gave the Lakers a one-game lead over the Stallions for second place in the region standings, as well as the head-to-head tiebreaker.
An and-one by Stansbury’s Jaden Jenkins had the Stallions (7-10, 4-3 Region 11) within eight points at 32-24 with 6:37 left in the third quarter, but Bonneville (11-5, 5-2) answered with nine straight points over the next 3:21. The Lakers’ size advantage frustrated the Stallions, as did a few foul calls that went against SHS. That frustration eventually boiled over, resulting in a technical foul against Stansbury coach Joe White and a pair of Lakers free throws that put Bonneville up 41-24.
The Lakers eventually outscored Stansbury 36-17 in the second half after both teams came out strong at the start of the game. The score was tied 12-12 at the halfway point of the first quarter, and a basket by Pae Tia with 5:54 left in the second quarter put the Stallions ahead 17-16. However, Bonneville finished the half on an 11-4 run to take a 27-21 lead into the locker room at halftime, and Stansbury never regained its momentum.
The Stallions struggled from the field all night. They were a respectable 10-for-22 from inside the 3-point arc, but went just 1-for-14 (7.1 percent) from long range. Jake Spaulding led Stansbury with 10 points and Tia added seven. Two of Stansbury’s top scorers had particularly rough shooting nights, as Jenkins had seven points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field and Peyton Thevenot scored six points and went 1-for-9, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
Kobe Otasua had three points, Kru Huxford and Zach Stoker had two and Dave Spaulding added one to round out the scoring for Stansbury. Zach Alspaugh led Bonneville with 19 points and Jordan Citte chipped in 10.
Stansbury will face Ogden at home Friday night before a crucial road game against archrival Tooele on Wednesday.