Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 11, 2022
Stallions connect on 15 3-pointers against Colts to set new school record

Three basketball rivalry games are scheduled this week starting Tuesday, Jan. 11 with the Stansbury boys team traveling to Tooele for a game against the Buffaloes. Rivalry action continues on Wednesday, Jan. 12 when the THS girls team makes the trek to Stansbury for a game against the Stallions.

Grantsville’s game at Ben Lomond on Wednesday was postponed because of COVID issues, but the Cowboys will entertain region rival Morgan on Friday, Jan. 14. The Cowboys are first in the 3A RPI with the Trojans second.

Grantsville downed Morgan for the 3A football title last fall, and the Cowboys finished second to the Trojans in boys golf and girls tennis.

Stansbury boys’ first region game at Hillcrest was postponed until Monday, Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m., but the Stallions put on a show in the second half of their first region home game on Thursday, Jan. 6.

Stansbury (7-4) trailed Cottonwood (8-4) 34-30 at halftime, but dominated the second half, outscoring the Colts 45-33 to win the game 75-67.

The Stallions hit 9-of-13 3-pointers in the second half, and 15-of-27 3-pointers for the game. In the second half, they shot a phenomenal 80% from 3-point range. Stansbury hit 56% from distance for the game. The 15 3-pointers smashed the school record of nine 3-pointers in one game.

Coach Joe White hopes the deadly shooting will continue.

“They’re never told not to shoot. Landen Giles had 11 assists in the game. Defenders collapse on him when he drives and he was kicking it out to our other shooters. It was just catch-and-shoot for them. I think we shot well because we weren’t thinking too much about it. You know, no analysis paralysis. Shooting is all about confidence,” White said.

Five Stansbury seniors hit 3-pointers in the victory over the Colts. Will Hinton knocked down four, GIles three, Bridger Thomas three, Matthew Topham three and Logan Richins one.

Stansbury’s senior-laden team includes Preston Birch, Kimball Thorpe and Jacob Rich.

“They’re all great team players and they all cheer for each other,” the coach said.

On the other hand, the Buffaloes (2-11) are young with only two seniors on the team.

“Rivalries make me nervous, anything can happen. You have to respect each opponent,” White said.

Stansbury scoring: Giles 21, Richins 17, Thomas 12, Topham 11, Hinton 14. Leading rebounders: Richings 10, Hinton 9. Leading assists: Gilles 11, Hinton 4, Richins 2.

Tooele opened Region 7 play last week with a pair of losses. The Buffaloes lost to Cedar Valley Tuesday night at Cedar Valley 72-39, and lost the region home opener Thursday night against Uintah 64-45.

Tooele  looked sharp in the first two minutes of its region opener Tuesday night at Cedar Valley (4-5), and led 13-11 after one quarter.

The Aviators, however, took flight for the rest of the game and outscored the Buffaloes 61-26 after those first two minutes to win the game 72-39.

Senior standout Julian Mahoe buried a 13-foot jumper followed by a 3-pointer from Ethan Simmons followed by a drive-and-score by Mahoe to give the Buffaloes a 7-2 with 6:03 left in the first quarter.

Cedar Valley rallied to tie the game at 7-7. The Buffs kept pace with a pair of inside baskets from Ethan Rogers and Mahoe, plus another midrange jumper from Mahoe to give Tooele a 13-11 lead after the first quarter.

It was all downhill for the Buffaloes after the opening quarter.

Scoring: Mahoe 14, Simmons 10, Rogers 4, Doug Seals 3, Dillon Polson 3, Dylan Pacheco 3, Jacob Hansen 2.

Three-pointers: Simmons 2, Seals 1, Polson 1, Pacheco 1.

The Buffs outscored Uintah in the second and fourth quarters in the region home opener, but Uintah’s hot shooting during the first three quarters spelled doom for the Buffaloes.

The Utes knocked down 10 3-pointers in the game, while Tooele only sank two 3-pointers, a 30-6 scoring differential from distance.

Simmons hit a 3-pointer early in the contest, followed by a pair of foul shots from Hansen and the Buffaloes trailed 8-5. Uintah outscored Tooele 10-2 in the final five minutes of the first quarter to lead 18-7.

Hansen drilled a corner 3-pointer to open the second quarter to slice the lead to 18-10. Uintah, however, put together a string of three 3-point baskets to widen the lead to 29-12 midway through the second. 

Tooele cut into the Utes’ 17-point lead with an old-fashioned 3-point play from Rodgers, a score on a drive by Simmons and a basket by Mahoe to slice the lead 31-19 with 3:11 left until intermission.

Back-to-back buckets by Mahoe and Simmons cut the lead to 10 at 35-25 with 1:24 left in the second quarter. Uintah led 37-25 at halftime.

The third quarter belonged to Uintah. The Utes tallied eight-straight points to start the third quarter and Uintah led 48-25. The Buffaloes did not score in the second half until a drive and basket by Justic Tadifa ended the scoring drought. Trey Price added a basket and Tooele trailed 53-31 after three quarters.

Tooele outscored Uintah 14-11 in the final quarter. 

Simmons scored five-straight points with a two-and-one play followed by three made free throws after being fouled on a 3-point shot. Mahoe added a bucket to close out the scoring.

Scoring: Simmons 20, Mahoe 8, Hansen 6, Rogers 3, Tadifa 2, Price 2, Pacheco 2, Eli Gebs 2. Three-pointers: Simmons 1, Hansen 1.

Tooele hosts Stansbury Tuesday, Jan. 11 and plays at Hillcrest Thursday, Jan. 13.


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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