BRIGHAM CITY -- With 2:34 remaining and the Bees down 15 points to league-leading Mountain Crest, Box Elder coach Keith Mecham put in five new players.
He had seen enough of the Mustangs, who roughed up the Bees for the third time this season en route to sweeping the season series with seven-, six- and 13-point victories.
Wednesday's 67-54 Region 5 setback to Mountain Crest was the Bees' second straight loss -- dropping Box Elder to 5-5 in its last 10 games -- with four league games remaining.
"Mountain Crest was phenomenal; the best they have played in the three games," Mecham said. "They have a great team; this is the best I've seen them play."
The Bees only led once, 2-0, and trailed 18-9 at 49.7 seconds of the first quarter.
Box Elder twice pulled within a point in the second quarter, but was behind 32-26 at halftime.
"I thought we rebounded really well, and you have to rebound when your shots aren't falling," Mecham said. "Mountain Crest really played well, was unselfish and found the open man."
The Mustangs had four double-figure scorers in winning their third consecutive game, while improving to 12-1 in their last 13.
Tyler Weese wound up with a game-high 16 points and 7-foot Cal Hanks had 14. Matt Stewart, the No. 3 scorer in the state 4-A ranks at 17.13 points per game, scored 13 points and Alex Kuresa tossed in 10 points for Mountain Crest, which shot 52.3 percent (23-of-44), including 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from 3-point range.
"Hanks wasn't a factor in the first two games, but he was dynamite tonight," Mecham said. "Tonight was the first time he was a matchup issue; Hanks was a serious issue for us. But congratulations to Mountain Crest."
The Mustangs committed just nine turnovers and converted 16-of-20 free throws in chasing their first league title since their 2005-06 Region 5 co-championship season.
"They have five guys who can play, and when you play as a team they're pretty good," Mecham said. "We have to move forward from this. We have Bonneville coming in Friday and we need to be ready for them. We will be ready."
Brant Mecham, coach Mecham's oldest son, finished with a team-high 12 points and five rebounds for Box Elder, which outrebounded the Mustangs 28-24.
Cody Eyre ended up with 10 points and four assists for the Bees, who shot 42.6 percent (20-of-47) -- 31.6 percent (6-of-19) on 3-point attempts -- and committed 14 turnovers.
"When we got down 8-10 points (in the third quarter), we got a little individualistic and that's not how you beat a good team," coach Mecham said.