When the Stansbury boys basketball team gets rolling, the Stallions can be hard to stop.
Just ask Uintah, which found that out the hard way Wednesday night at Stansbury High School. The Utes were outscored 39-17 over the final 19 minutes of play as Stansbury cruised to a 60-39 win in a key late-season Region 10 contest.
The victory gives Stansbury (11-8, 7-4 Region 10) the upper hand in a crowded battle for second place in the region standings, with a half-game lead on third-place Cedar Valley and a one-game lead on fourth-place Uintah (11-7, 6-5) and Tooele. The Stallions will finish their regular-season schedule Friday on the road against last-place Ogden.
Stansbury looked to have its hands full on Senior Night, as the Utes got off to a hot start from the perimeter. Uintah’s Josh Speirs hit three 3-pointers in the first half, and teammate Morgan Mansfield added another that give the Utes a 22-21 lead with 2:55 left in the second quarter.
Just as Uintah was starting to make a game of it on the Stallions’ home court, Stansbury found its groove. Thirty seconds after Mansfield’s 3, Stallions junior Landen Giles hit a trey of his own from the wing to put the Stallions back in front. Senior David Spaulding added a layup, and Giles nailed another 3 from the corner to cap a quick 8-0 run that gave the Stallions a 29-22 halftime lead.
Stansbury blew the game open in the third quarter with a 10-0 run. Giles hit another 3 and a floater in the lane, Kru Huxford had a layup and Spaulding converted a conventional three-point play to put the Stallions up 39-25 with 3:48 left in the quarter. Speirs briefly paused the Stallions’ surge with a deep 3-pointer, but Stansbury responded by scoring nine of the next 11 points to put the game out of reach. The Utes never got closer than 16 points during the fourth quarter, and the Stallions led by as many as 22 points.
Giles had 18 points to lead the Stallions, and senior Pae Tia added 12 with a strong game down low. Spaulding had eight points and senior Jacob White hit two 3-pointers for six points. Huxford had five points, Logan Richins had four, Crew Schlappi had tree and Bridger Thomas and Caleb Knudsen each scored two.
Speirs had 14 points for Uintah, and Daniel Wright added 11.