“Rowl” the “Halls” with points a plenty, fa la la la la la la la la.
That’s precisely what the Stansbury Stallions did when they rolled Rowland Hall Tuesday night in boys basketball action.
Shane Andrus started the scoring for Stansbury with a 3-pointer on the first shot of the game, but it was his shot to start the fourth quarter that highlighted Stansbury’s 67-49 victory.
Out in the great void of the volleyball lines, well beyond the arc, Andrus moved into a position and received a pass without a defender in sight. In what was less than a second of real time seemed to move in slow motion as Andrus bent his knees with the ball at his chest. The 5-foot-6 junior guard heaved himself into the air without hesitation, sending the ball toward the hoop somewhere north of 24 feet away. The kindred spirit of Jimmer Fredette smiled upon him as the ball landed safely through net, giving Stansbury a 52-24 lead.
It was that kind of night for the Stallions, who had four players score in double figures, Andrus, Gage Manzione, Tom Griffith and Tanner Barton.
“I liked the way we pushed the ball,” said SHS coach Rich Lakin. “I liked the way we ran through the offense and our half-court 1-2-2 press.”
Lakin said the areas for improvement for Stansbury are in setting better screens and making better rotations on defense. However, the Stallions did have open shots go in thanks to screens.
Griffith nailed a jump shot in the second quarter off a screen set by Tyler Jensen, which put Stansbury ahead 22-14. Griffth landed another jump shot later in the second quarter off a screen with an assist coming from Andrus. That put Stansbury ahead 27-14, which was the middle of a 13-0 run to go into halftime ahead 33-14. Griffith led the Stallions in scoring with 14 points.
Manzione cleaned the glass for SHS, especially with offensive rebounds. His first basket came in the first quarter with an offensive rebound putback layup, giving SHS a 7-4 lead. He had another in the third quarter to extend Stansbury’s lead to 35-14.
The emergence of Justin May as a force on defense also helped Stansbury to the victory. He swatted two shots and put in 4 points of his own.
“It’s good to get it out of the way,” Lakin said of his debut coaching the Stallions. “The boys are tired of playing each other. They were excited to come out and play another team.”
To go with Griffith’s 14 points and May’s 4, Manzione scored 11, Andrus 10, Barton 10, Jensen 9, Taylor Graves 6, Jonathan Gibby 2 and Dakota Fidler 1. Manzione added 11 rebounds for a double-double on the night, and Andrus swiped four steals.
The Stallions next play in Richfield for the 2A/3A Preview. They’ll play against Hurricane on Friday and Dixie on Saturday. Following that preseason tournament, the Stallions stay on the road to play at Carbon on Wednesday.