The Stansbury Stallions lost at home Friday night to the Richfield Wildcats 47-43, but the two teams played in a tight contest the whole way through.
Richfield had a 33-30 lead over the Stallions going into the fourth quarter. Following a Richfield basket, Gage Manzione drove down the baseline and put in a layup to make the score 35-32. Richfield threatened to break the game open at 37-32 and went in for a layup, but the basket was missed. Stansbury came back down the floor quickly, and Tom Griffith found Justin May for a layup to keep the deficit at three points.
Richfield finally did get the run it wanted, and after stripping the ball away from Manzione, the Wildcats went down and scored to extend the lead to 42-34. Griffith came back down and hit a 3-pointer with under two minutes left in the game, but Richfield scored another two buckets and led 46-37 with 27 seconds left in the game.
May came down and put in a layup, and he was fouled on the play. He hit the free throw for 46-40. Richfield picked up a free throw, and May knocked down one last 3-pointer for 47-43. The clock finally ran out, and Richfield held on for the win.
Griffith led the Stallions in scoring with 18 points, followed by May with 12, Zayne Anderson four, Taylor Graves and Shane Andrus three, Manzione two, and Tanner Barton one point.
Stansbury had the early lead after the first quarter at 11-8. Stansbury took the lead at 4-3 on buckets from May and Griffith, who then hit a jump shot from near the free throw line for a 6-3 lead. Griffith came back down and nailed a 3-pointer at the 2:51 mark for a 9-3 lead. Richfield responded with a couple of buckets, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead to three at 11-8.
The Wildcats took control in the second quarter, eventually passing Stansbury with a 3-pointer for an 18-15 lead. They picked up another 3-pointer for a 21-15 lead, and both of those 3-pointers came off Stansbury turnovers. Richfield took a 21-18 lead into halftime.
With the loss the Stallions fell to 5-2 on the year; the Wildcats moved up to 5-2. Stansbury next plays at the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic in Cedar City. It plays against Merit Academy in the first day of the classic on Jan. 2, Cedar on Jan. 3 and Juab on Jan. 4.