Cedar Valley gave the Stansbury boys basketball team its first Region 10 loss of the season, 60-55 on Tuesday in Stansbury Park.
The Aviators held the Stallions without a field goal for eight minutes, 40 seconds during the second quarter and part of the third, using a 14-2 run to turn a four-point deficit into a six-point lead.
Stansbury senior forward Dave Spaulding ended the drought when he was fouled on a putback layup two minutes into the second half and hit the free throw to make it 34-31.
It didn’t improve much for the Stallions after that.
Stansbury head coach Joe White said he wasn’t pleased with his players in the locker room after the game.
“We just got worked at home,” he said. “I told them to let it hurt, because it should. And then I told them to forget about it.”
Cedar Valley senior forward Declan Whitmarsh gave the Aviators their biggest lead of the game with 2:56 remaining when he cut to the basket for a close shot to make it 56-41. The senior finished with 13 points for the visitors.
“For a first-year school, Cedar Valley moves the ball well,” White said. “They’re athletic, they’re energetic, and they’re looking for what I would call ‘program-defining wins’ in their first year, and tonight was probably one for them.”
Stansbury seemed to gain a little life back around the 2:30 mark in the fourth quarter, finishing the game on a 14-4 run that ultimately came up short.
Stallion guard Peyton Thevenot led Stansbury with 22 points. The senior hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter and scored eight points in the final two minutes of the first period. His driving layup two minutes into the second quarter gave Stansbury a six-point lead before the home team’s scoring struggles started.
Spaulding and senior forward Jaden Jenkins each had 11 points for Stansbury.
The Stallions struggled from the free-throw line, making 14 of 23 attempts — including a 2-for-9 performance in the fourth quarter.
White said the free-throw problems are affecting the whole program.
“Even our JV team tonight lost by four and shot 6-for-20 from the free-throw line,” he said. “We talk about it a lot. We spend time in practice on it, and we’ll spend more. We challenged them that they’re going to have to shoot a lot on their own. It’s a mental thing, and it’s an epidemic.
“Free throws are a lot like a turnover,” he continued. “If you make two, you feel good about yourself. If you go back and you miss two, it’s deflating and now you’ve got to work yourself up to play defense. There’s a lot more to it than just points.”
Cedar Valley senior Andrew Smith led the Aviators with 16 points, including an old-fashioned three-point play midway through the first quarter, hitting the basket and free throw from Spaulding’s first foul of the night.
Sophomore Lincoln Roberts added another 11 points, being the third Cedar Valley player to score in double figures in the win.
The Aviators improved to 5-8 with the win, and 2-1 in Region 10. They will next face Ogden (2-9, 0-2) at home on Friday.
Stansbury fell to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in Region 10 action. The loss was the first time this season the Stallions have lost in back-to-back games. They will next face Juan Diego (7-5, 2-0) in Draper.
“Juan Diego is going to be athletic,” White said. “They’ve got a couple kids who get to the basket, and they have some experience coming back with a couple kids who have started for them. They’re going to be a handful.”
Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday.