WASHINGTON TERRACE — The problem was not that the Lakers shot 66 percent from the free throw line; it was that they only got there three times.
Bonneville outscored Mountain Crest from the field but lost the game at the charity stripe, dropping a 54-42 decision on Wednesday evening.
Mountain Crest went 17-of-22 from the foul line, while the Lakers managed a paltry 2-of-3, those coming on a pair by Dakota Buckway with 57.3 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
“Part of it was we weren’t getting to the basket,” said Bonneville coach Jason Finder. “Twenty-two to 3 is a huge discrepancy, but if we don’t attack the basket, we aren’t going to get the calls.”
The Mustangs built their lead gradually over each of the four quarters and had their largest margin just before a buzzer-beating basket by Mason Rich closed out the game.
“That’s Mountain Crest basketball; they’re always consistent and don’t turn it over a lot. We needed to play a complete game to beat them and didn’t do it tonight,” Finder said. “We improved against one of the better teams in the region after not showing up last Friday against Box Elder, but they still came out on the positive side of the score.”
Mason Rich had a monster game for the Lakers, flirting with a triple double, finishing with 10 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots, while Buckway led the way, netting 16 points, including four bombs from beyond the arc.
Rich also shut down Mountain Crest’s talented 6-foot 5 center Faimafili Laulu-Pututau, who only scored eight points.
“There are certain things he does to get to the basket; usually going to his left, so we tried to shut that off and turn him into a jump shooter and he didn’t hit them,” Finder said.
Bonneville trailed by three at the half, but three of its 14 turnovers resulted in Mountain Crest layups in the third quarter as the Mustangs led by seven at the stop.
“We told our guys to emphasize rebounding and get to the glass, but then we forgot to rotate back and they got some breakaway layups,” Finder added.
Mountain Crest went 8-of-8 from the free thow line in the last 2:02 of the fourth quarter to sink any chance the Lakers had of making a comeback.
Tyler Crosbie led the Mustangs with 17 points and Tanner Knowles chipped in 13. Four players shot more free throws individually than the Lakers did, while Crosbie and Knowles combined for 10-of-10 from the line.
• ROY 53, LOGAN 50: At Logan, the Royals corralled a key region road win, thanks in part to David Hadley’s five 3-pointers.
Hadley finished with 19 points; Brekkott Chapman added 16 points. Roy trailed by one after three quarters but earned the win.
Luke Falk led Logan with 17 points, while Tyler Brimhall added a dozen.
• BEN LOMOND 66, BEAR RIVER 63 (2OT): At Garland, the Scots took over possession of second place in Region 11 with a heart-stopping win.
The host Bears had a shot to win in regulation go awry. In the first overtime, Josh Hardin nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie things up at 58-all.
In the final OT, the Scots took control and managed the game home.
Sterling Brandley scored a career-hight 36 points, added seven assists and five rebounds. Hardin finsiehd with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Trey Scott led the defensive effort.
Wade Miller scored 24 points, while Kody King added 16 and Kyle Zundel chipped in with 10 points.
“Sterling made great decisions all night long, and shot 75 percent from the field,” Ben Lomond coach Ryan Wilcox said. “Trey was key as well. He did an outstanding job making Wade Miller work for his 24 points.”
• MORGAN 71, STANSBURY 50: At Stansbury, the Trojans won thre first three quarters and coasted home.
Jake Miles scored 19 points, Bridger Streadbeck and Cameron Skinner added 10 apiece, and nine other Morgan players added to the scoring column.
Lantzen Toomer added seven points and nine assists. The Trojans went 14 of 14 at the foul line.
Ryan Robbins and Stone Tia scored 16 each for the Stallions.
• LAYTON CHRISTIAN 80, LEGACY PREP 38: At Woods Cross, the Eagles ran away against the home team.
No details were reported.
• ST. JOSEPH 85, MOUNT VERNON 37: At Murray, Zach Johnstun, Nick Gruet and Sebastian Pomeroy each notched 11 points for the Jayhawks in their victory. Tom Emenger scored 10 and Chris O’Brien and Mitch Koehler each had nine points for St. Joseph, who had 13 players score on the night.
Joseph Lin led Mount Vernon with 25 points.
Region 17 girls
• ST. JOSEPH 31, INTERMOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN 25: At Salt Lake City, the Jayhawks stayed unbeaten but had a battle from host ICS.
St. Joseph led 15-10 at halftime, but ICS never went away. Maddi White scored 15 points and Liz Tomon paced the Jayhawks with eight points and 14 rebounds.
Jennifer Eyre led ICS with 11 points.