BRIGHAM CITY — The Box Elder boys basketball squad played its best all-around game of the 2012-13 season on Friday, dispatching Bonneville 75-45 in front of an appreciative home crowd.
The victory kept the Bees in the thick of what promises to be a brutally right Region 5 race.
Shad Watson was ailing with the flu early in the week, but the standout guard was ready to go on Friday, tossing in 34 points to go with a solid all-around floor game.
While Watson had the big scoring night, Box Elder assistant coach Casey Blacker said there were plenty of heroes in the contest.
“The whole team did a great job of setting each other up,” Blacker said. “Shad was looking for his teammates, and they all played well defensively. The was the a game where they all played well together for the first time all season.
Tyler Bates chipped in with eight points for the Bees, who went 6 of 11 from the foul line. Box Elder built a 39-24 halftime edge, then really clamped down on the visiting Lakers in the third quarter.
“Isaac Malone and Tyler Thornton started the help defense out front. They made it hard for the guards, and then we over-rotated like crazy,” Blacker said. “This was a good team win.”
Mason Rich led Bonneville with 16 points, while Tyler Heaton added a dozen points. The Lakers were 5 of 12 from the foul line. A nine-point third quarter doomed their chances at a comeback.
Region 5 will be a tough race, as evidenced by Logan’s 74-73 win over Sky View and Mountain Crest’s home win over Roy.
“There won’t be any gimme wins,” Blacker said. “We just have to focus on each one.”
• MOUNTAIN CREST 58, ROY 46: At Hyrum, the Mustangs had three players score in double figures to top the Royals.
Jesse Wayment paced Roy with a game-high 23 points in the defeat.
• EAST 64 CLEARFIELD 58: At Clearfield, the Falcons scored 36 points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome a 20-point deficit in a loss to the Leopards at home.
In the other Region 6 games, Bountiful defeated Cyprus and Highland edged Woods Cross.