MORGAN — As furious comebacks go, this one ranks pretty high on the list. Unfortunately for Morgan, it just wasn’t quite enough.
Down 17 points to Bonneville with just over four minutes left in the game, the Trojans mounted a remarkable comeback, scoring 16 straight points to cut the Lakers’ lead to 53-52 with just under a minute to play. Cameron Skinner had a clean baseline shot with 46 seconds left that would have given Morgan its first lead of the game, but the ball hit both sides of the rim before popping out for good.
Dakota Buckway then saved the day for Bonneville by hitting four free throws in the final seconds to prevent Morgan from coming all the way back.
“He was the only one hitting free throws,” Bonneville coach Jason Finder said. “I thought he stepped up big. I’ve been telling him all year that he’s got to be a leader and he’s buying into that and that’s a beautiful thing. He wants the ball in critical situations and it showed.”
Buckway finished with 15 points, including 6-for-6 from the free throw line, while the rest of the team went 1-for-8. Six-foot-six Mason Rich topped Bonneville with 19 points, dominating inside against the smaller Trojans, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
“When we play undersized teams, that’s his advantage,” Finder said of Rich. “He needs to will his way to the basket and be dominant.”
Jake Miles led Morgan with 19 points, including 10 in the final four minutes. Two of his fourth quarter shots were deep 3-pointers with a hand in his face.
“A scorer is going to score and Miles is one of the best around,” Finder said. “He’s a great player and he just continues to get better.”
Cameron Skinner added 12 points and Matt Murdock had nine for the Trojans, who spotted Bonneville a 9-0 lead to start the game. Morgan coach Jim Wiscombe wasn’t happy with the big early deficit, but was pleased with the effort his players gave in the comeback attempt.
“The kids just hung in there and kept battling,” he said. “You’ve got to hand it to them for that. I’m real proud of them for the way they came back.”
Morgan (5-2) has to turn right around and play this afternoon at 3 p.m., while Bonneville (3-3) gets almost two weeks to recover from the rugged game.