The Stansbury boys basketball team needed a bit of positive momentum going into Friday night’s Region 11 opener at Ogden, having endured a difficult preseason in terms of wins and losses.
And while the Stallions dropped their final game of the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic on Saturday, falling to Canyon View 57-52 in Cedar City, Stansbury can come away from its trip to southern Utah with a bit more confidence after going 2-1 in the tournament with wins over South Sevier and Cedar.
Stansbury (3-7) trailed 24-23 at halftime on Saturday, but the host Falcons gave themselves some breathing room by outscoring the Stallions 13-9 in the third quarter. It turned out that they needed all the breathing room they could get, thanks to the perimeter shooting of Peyton Thevenot, who went 4-for-8 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 17 points for Stansbury. Jaden Jenkins had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Stallions and Thevenot had two steals.
Jet Richins and Pae Tia each had five points for Stansbury, while Jake Spaulding had four, Kale Vorwaller and Kru Huxford each had two and Kayden Taylor had one. Trevor Farrow led three Canyon View players in double-figures with 16 points, with Parker Holmes and Mason Lyman adding 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Coming into the tournament, the Stallions had lost six in a row, including a pair of heartbreaking defeats against Dixie and Hillcrest that came down to the final seconds.
Following Friday’s region opener in Ogden, the Stallions will come home to face Bonneville on Wednesday.