LAYTON -- Sometimes the moves a coach doesn't make during a basketball game determine the outcome.
Northridge coach Chad Sims makes countless decisions during the course of a game but three key "non-moves" played a big role in the Knights' 69-58 victory over Bonneville on Thursday evening.
Non-move number one: Starting senior guard/forward Preston Christensen picked up his second foul at the 6:03 mark of the initial quarter and didn't head to the bench to watch from the sidelines for a while.
"He has done this in the past. It's not the first time he has had two fouls," Sims said. "He's been in foul trouble most of the year, has done it before and can handle it."
Christensen still scored 14 points, tied with sharp-shooting junior guard Jacob Bigler who also netted 14, including four three-pointers, while Davy Adams led the Knights with 17 counters.
Non-move number two: The Lakers trailed by 11 after three quarters, scored the first six points of the fourth stanza to close the gap to 49-44, but Northridge didn't call a timeout to stop the flood.
"My assistant coach told me we had two timeouts, but I didn't call it," Sims said. "We've talked about it as a program; our preseason is to get ready for region. We have to let the kids sort through it; to prepare for the moment.
"We tell the kids how much we believe in them and love them. To bail them out when we want them to believe in their ability and that we trust them would send the wrong message," Sims added.
Moments later, non-move number three happened when starting center Dallas Bond fouled out with 5:01 left in the game, instead of being saved for the final minutes of the contest.
Back-up junior Jace Colby came off the bench and scored Northridge's next five points, pulled down two rebounds and blocked a shot as the Knights rode back to a 54-46 lead.
"That turned out to be the right call, because Jace played well," Sims said. "He had the opportunity and took advantage of it. Those were huge points and the blocked shot and rebounds were a bonus for us."
Bonneville put up good numbers as three players scored in double figures, led by Mason Rich with 17 points. Carson Smith added 16 points, including 7-of-9 from the foul line, while Dakota Buckway splashed home 13, with three bombs from beyond the arc.
Northridge moved up to 5-3 in non-league games this year, while the Lakers sunk to 2-3 with the loss.
* FREMONT SOPHOMORES 66, ST. JOSEPH 53: At Ogden, the Jayhawks suffered a scoring drought in the third quarter and were unable to make up the difference.
Dylan Chugg led Fremont with 27 points. Zach Johnston had 16 points to go with 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Nick Gruet scored 14 and David Donlevy added 11 points and six assists.