Wednesday , January 17, 2018 - 9:08 PM
Kinnon Finder is one of Bonneville’s tallest players at 6-foot-4 and, as the season’s gone on, has transitioned into the starting center role for the Lakers.
Head coach Kyle Bullinger calls Finder one of the more talented post players he’s coached. The only problem: he’d like Finder to shoot more.
“I’ve never ever had a player where we have been frustrated because he will not shoot. He’s that talented,” Bullinger said.
Wednesday night in a 54-30 win at Ben Lomond, Finder quickly addressed and solved that desire, scoring 10 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter. The 19 points were a season-high for the junior post player.
“Easy buckets in transition, getting it around the hole, making layups, I haven’t been making them the last couple games. Tonight I knew I just needed to go,” Finder said. “Everything was on point tonight.”
It was a much-needed win for Bonneville as it gives the Lakers two wins in a row heading into Friday’s big home date with Stansbury. They also established an offensive rhythm they hadn’t seen for the past five games, each of which they scored under 40 points.
“I think our execution has been good, but for whatever reason, the ball has not gone in the hole. Lots of easy shots around the basket haven’t fallen for us. Credit to the kids, when the ball doesn’t go in a lot, it makes it difficult to play defense,” Bullinger said.
While it was an ideal night for the Lakers’ offense, the defense allowed next to nothing from Ben Lomond’s offense, which Sudan Puk led in scoring with eight points. Bonneville led 33-12 at halftime and 42-18 after three quarters, by which time the rotation was at least 10 players deep.
The Lakers have had their issues on offense, starting right at the beginning of region play, but their defense has held firm many times on its own to keep games close.
Speaking of Region 11, there’s an interesting battle for the fourth playoff spot between Bonneville, Ogden and potentially either Ben Lomond or Park City should they embark on a winning streak.
Further complicating the matter is the fact that Ogden beat Bonneville last week, so the impetus will be on the Lakers to return the favor when the rivals meet again next month.
PARK CITY 71, OGDEN 65
PARK CITY — Ogden played Park City to a 20-20 tie after one quarter, but were outscored 24-10 by the Miners in the second quarter in the region road loss.
Carson White scored 25 points to lead Ogden (3-11, 1-3 Region 11). Keon Berghout added 22 and Austin Richards tallied 11 for the Tigers.
BEAR RIVER 72, GREEN CANYON 60
NORTH LOGAN — Bear River outscored Green Canyon 17-7 in the first quarter and held that lead to remain unbeaten in region play.
Jake Dahle led Bear River (12-2, 2-0 Region 12) with 19 points. Marke Huber netted 16 and Ren Fonnesbeck added 13 for the Bears.
MORGAN 73, GRANTSVILLE 45
MORGAN — Morgan took a 17-6 lead over Grantsville after the first quarter, then outscored the Cowboys 42-25 over the second and third quarters to stay perfect in region play.
Morgan (14-2, 3-0 Region 13) was paced by Trey Miles, who scored 22 points with four 3-pointers. Cade Russell tallied 17 points, including three treys, and Tyson Hurd added 13 points.
WOODS CROSS 64, BOX ELDER 59
BRIGHAM CITY — Sara Noel hit four free throws in the final minute to lift Woods Cross to a Region 5 road win at Box Elder.
Noel and Olivia Barton each scored 24 points for Woods Cross (12-4, 2-0 Region 5).
Emily Isaacson led Box Elder (8-8, 0-2) with 21 points. Morgan Reeder had 18 and Adreanna McKee scored 12.
VIEWMONT 64, BOUNTIFUL 32
BOUNTIFUL — Viewmont doubled up Bountiful for the region win.
Mercedes Staples led Viewmont (12-2, 2-0 Region 5) with a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and dished out six assists. Emma Carr scored 17 and pulled down six rebounds while Melissa Sorensen added 11 points and blocked four shots for the Vikings.
Waverly Bowman scored eight points to pace Bountiful (2-13, 0-2). Samantha Salmon added six points.
Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.
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