WASHINGTON TERRACE — It may have been only their last preseason game, but the Weber Warriors were out to make a statement heading into region play on Friday.
Led by Hayden Schenck’s 27 points and six assists, the Warriors raced out to a big halftime lead and ran away from the Bonneville Lakers, 71-53, to highlight local basketball action Tuesday night.
“We can be pretty good at times during the game,” Weber coach Mark Larsen said. “When we can create turnovers and get deflections, our guys are licking their chops to finish on the break. When we have to slow it down and we start settling for 3-pointers, then I think at times people hang with us. I like the way we started the game, but then we relaxed a little too much and they got back into the game.”
Before the crowd had a chance to breathe or blink, Weber was up 8-0 thanks to some easy transition baskets. That lead ballooned to double digits and might have been worse had it not been for a half-court three-pointer from Dakota Buckway.
That momentum never carried over as the Warriors turned the Lakers over numerous times, which led to two dunks from Schenck and one from Garrett Beckey as the lead doubled to a 42-22 halftime lead.
“Weber just got out to a quick lead,” Lakers coach Jason Finder said. “They’re an excellent team. They’re led by one of the best guards I’ve seen come out of this area in a long time, Hayden Schenck. We held him to his average.”
Weber turned its focus into getting to the basket as often as possible and that got Bonneville’s Mason Rich in foul trouble. He had been getting numerous good looks at the basket before coming out with five minutes left in the third quarter with his fourth foul.
The steady parade to the free throw line allowed the Warriors to increase their lead to 26 points heading into the fourth quarter. Poor shot selection by Weber and some good shooting from Buckway and Tyler Heaton got the Lakers back into the game late in the fourth before the time ran out on the home side.
Besides Schenck’s great night, Beckey finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Mason Miles and Jordan Jones contributed nine and eight points, respectively.
Rich and Buckway each scored 14 points to lead Bonneville while Jared Ford had seven.
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