Four players scored in double figures as Stansbury beat Ben Lomond 62-45 on Friday.
“We have to have energy and effort on every possession, whether it’s on offense or defense,” Stansbury head coach Joe White said. “We have five region games and four big ones left. We need to stay focused.”
Senior forward David Spaulding led the Stallions with 15 points, senior forward Jaden Jenkins had 14, senior guard Peyton Thevenot scored 13, and sophomore guard Landen Giles added another 12.
Stansbury held the Scots to seven points on two field goals in the third quarter. Giles hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the period to give the Stallions a 37-28 lead.
Ben Lomond made an 8-0 run in the fourth, mostly from the free-throw line. Senior guard Mason Buck was fouled on a missed 3-pointer with 5:18 to go, hitting all three of his foul shots to make it 48-34, and junior point guard Ryan Alvarez scored through a foul driving coast-to-coast about 30 seconds later to pull the deficit back down to nine.
Buck’s free throws were the first points the Scots scored in the fourth quarter, as Stansbury opened the final stanza on a 14-0 run.
The Stallions shot 72% from the foul line, making 23 of their 32 free-throw attempts. Ben Lomond went 8-for-13.
Thevenot tied the game from the free-throw line at 21-apiece after Ben Lomond head coach Tanoka Beard was given a technical foul.
Senior guard Garett Rentmeister led Ben Lomond in scoring with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.
Senior guard Payton Gaillard and senior forward Pae Tia each added four points for the Stallions.
The win brought Stansbury to 12-5 on the season and 4-2 in Region 10 play. It also guaranteed the Stallions a winning record with five regular season contests remaining. This is the first year in Stansbury’s existence the team has finished above .500.
“There’s been some really good talent come through this school that hasn’t accomplished what this team has,” White said.
Ben Lomond dropped to 4-12 and 2-5 in league play.
Stansbury’s players wore red and black socks during the game, a way to show support for Grantsville in light of a recent shooting that left four family members dead and one injured earlier this month.
“You can’t change what happens in life,” White said. “You just support them, even if it’s with a pair of socks.”