Bountiful finally put away the spirited Lakers, 57-44.
“They just wouldn’t go away,” said Bountiful coach Mike Maxwell. “They weren’t real big, but they were tough and a great group of guys who wanted to win and they just battled and battled.”
Bountiful jumped out on the Lakers in the first quarter, 11-6. That’s when Bonneville inserted Scott Sellers.
“That Sellers kid was amazing,” Maxwell said. “He hit some bombs and got them going.”
At half time, the Lakers had a 24-21 lead.
“We weren’t panicking but we knew we needed to make some changes,” Maxwell said.
In the second half it appeared as if Bountiful would put away Bonneville, but each time the Braves made a run the Lakers fought back. The braves finally took the lead and fought off the pesky Bonneville team behind Sean Carey’s 22 points and 11 rebounds.
“They didn’t have anyone who could match Sean physically and we did a good job of exploiting that,” Maxwell said. “That’s what we have to do. Find where the mismatches are and go there.”
The Braves finished as a team with 19 assists on 22 made field goals, another area that gave Maxwell reason to smile.
“These guys are starting to understand how important making that extra pass is and moving without the ball, setting screens, whatever we need to get the win,” Maxwell said. “I’m pleased with that and I’m pleased that our guys stuck to the game plan and that we won.”
Travis Parrish had another standout performance with 14 points while AC Seljaas had six.
“We came away with the win and that’s what matters,” Maxwell said. “Our guys played unselfish ball and it all worked out in the end.”