Bees aid Watson’s efforts to beat Weber at Challenge

Dec 6 2013 - 12:34am


LAYTON -- With defenses sure to swarm Box Elder's Shad Watson this season, it will be that much more important for his teammates to provide consistent production.

Wednesday night in the Bees' second game as part of the Top of Utah Challenge at Northridge High School, Watson's teammates delivered.

Senior Jeff Sever notched a double-double with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds while junior Daniel Didericksen added 11 points and 5 rebounds as Box Elder defeated Weber 65-55, sending the defending Region 1 champions to their first three-game losing streak since 2010.

Sophomore Darius Mcfarland contributed with nine rebounds while the Bees as a team pulled down 15 total offensive rebounds.

"That's huge," Box Elder coach Jace McKee said. "You've got to have balance. It's great to have a player like Shad who is phenomenal and has been starting for four years. He's a great player. Everybody knows that in this state. Everybody we play knows that and they're going to guard him like crazy. But if other guys step up and play well and contribute, that just makes us better as a team."

Watson, who averaged 23.4 points per game as 4-A's third-leading scorer a season ago, added a game-high 22 points despite making just 7 of 22 from the field and 2 of 11 in the second half.

Box Elder (1-1) shot 41.4 percent from the field and led by as many as 16 in the third quarter, but a miserable effort from the free-throw line allowed Weber (0-3) to fight its way back and eventually cut the Bees' advantage to just two at 53-51.

Box Elder missed its first seven free-throw attempts of the game, but made 11 of its final 15 - all in the fourth quarter - to pull away and seal the victory.

"It's just mental for a couple kids right now," McKee said. "All of our kids are good free-throw shooters. They're all pretty good shooters. That's uncharacteristic of them really to not hit shots."

Weber, trying to retool after the graduation of 5-A's leading scorer Hayden Schenck, struggled for much of the night to find a consistent scoring threat.

Juniors Hayden Denney and Carson Bischoff scored 13 and 10, respectively, but the Warriors shot just 5-of-28 from beyond the arc.

"They're guard-oriented and that was a point," McKee said. "Make sure we contest all those 3s and not let them get off easy ones."

Box Elder took control of the game early with a 10-0 run in the first quarter and led by as many as 11 in the first half. The two teams went into halftime with Box Elder leading 34-28.

The Bees opened the third quarter on a 12-2 run to take a 46-30 lead, its largest advantage of the game, but back-to-back 3s by Denney quickly got the Warriors back within 10.

Weber continued to battle back, ending the third quarter down by just eight at 48-40 and ultimately pulling within two at 53-51 with 3:27 remaining in the game.

Box Elder scored the next eight points though to once again stretch its lead into double digits and effectively end the game.

"We knew what we needed to do and when we kind of let up, we were kind of making reckless mistakes - we were kind of letting up a bit," Watson said. "Once we tightened back down and started making smart decisions, playing the way we play, we (got) that score back up."

* WOODS CROSS 74, NORTHRIDGE 51: At Layton, Garret Grant nailed a game-high 20 points with four 3s while Travis Howey and Xequille Harry combined for 22 points as the Wildcats ran away with a big third quarter.

Dayan Lake scored 19 points for the Knights, with Jrue Perkins adding 14.

* WASATCH 69, BONNEVILLE 48: At Northidge High, Bonneville fell for the second night. Benjamin Pelo led the Wasps with 16 point. Jackson Gordon scored 13 with two 3s and Nathan Dow had 11 with three 3s.

The Lakers fell behind by 15 at halftime and couldn't make up the difference. Tanner Buckway led Bonneville with 14 points, while Justin Porter added 10 points and Tyler Heaton chipped in with nine points and five steals.

* BEN LOMOND 53, CARBON 39: At Ogden, the Scots caught fire in the fourth period and savored their first win of the young season.

Playing in the Pespi Ben Lomond Classic opener, Corbin Medina made sure of that, scoring 17 points in the final quarter as Ben Lomond outscored Carbon 28-11 in the final stanza.

The Scots also cut down their turnovers significantly, coach Ryan Wilcox said.

"When the going gets tough, we look to Corbin to lead us. We really did a much better job taking care of the ball," Wilcox said.

Medina hit a pair of 3-pointers and went 7 of 7 at the fould line in the final quarter. Senior Anthony Hurtado chipped in with 12 points.

Carbon was led by Garrett Blanc with a dozen points, and Cole Fossatt with 10.

Ben Lomond will take on rival Ogden tonight as the tournament continues. The Tigers dropped their game with South Summit on Thursday.

* ROY 68, SNOW CANYON 40: At Smithfield, the Royals ran away and hid in the second quarter with a 21-5 outburst in the Rigo Chaparro Tip-Off Classic.

Brekkott Chapman scored 20 points, Chase DeBoer had 16, Dakota Nalder had eight, and all three hit two 3-pointers apiece to lead Roy. Blake Lamb tallied 12 points for the Royals, who went 14 of 18 at the foul line.

* JORDAN 49, BEAR RIVER 47: At Smithfield, the Bears' comeback came up a bucket short as they suffered their first loss of the season at the Tip-Off Classic.

Jacob Ashman and Tanner Monson combined for 27 points to lead the Beetdiggers to a narrow victory over visiting Bear River.

McKade Mitton led the Bears with 13 points in the loss. Jardee Nessen and Parker Lewis scored nine apiece.

Bear River did not help its cause with a 8 of 17 effort at the foul line.

* SKY VIEW 52, BEAR RIVER 43: At Smithfield, host Sky Views outscored the Bulldogs by eight in the final period. Ten players scored for the Bobcats, led by Bryce Mortenson and Riley Panter with eight each.

Cy Wright led Provo with a dozen points.


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