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Boys basketball: 2nd-half surge sends Bonneville past Box Elder

By Bob Judson - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Jan 19, 2022

WASHINGTON TERRACE — When Box Elder boys basketball junior center Jackson McKee scored an inside bucket midway through the third quarter to make it 31-all, it was the 14th time the game with Bonneville had been tied or the lead had changed hands.

And it was the last.

Bonneville went on a big run that extended into the fourth frame, resulting in a double-digit lead, and the Lakers held on to capture a competitive 55-48 win over the Bees on Wednesday night in Region 5 play.

“We stayed resilient and bounced back, knowing the other team is going to score,” Bonneville forward Carson Jones said. “They’re a really good team … so we came into this game knowing we had to come out and fight.”

After the tie, Bonneville (11-2, 2-0 Region 5) went on a 7-1 run to close out the period and led 38-32 heading into the fourth quarter, keyed by its defense.

Jones and Miwa Brown both blocked shots on successive Box Elder (8-5, 0-1) possessions in the last minute and the Lakers converted at the other end to take the advantage.

“We made two really good plays on defense — Miwa had that big block, I had a block, and we turned that into some points and that gave us some momentum and some energy going into the rest of the game,” Jones said.

That surge swelled to 45-33 with five minutes left, but the Bees didn’t quit and closed it to 53-48 just before the buzzer. Bonneville put it away from the foul line with six charity tosses down the stretch.

“We were just smart with the ball. No turnovers and, when they started fouling at the end of the game, start making free throws; just close the game” Jones said.

Jones led the Lakers with 14 points. Jake Williams scored 12 points and Joe Tesch netted 10.

Koy Dixon scored 11 points, including a pair of treys in the second half, fueling a Bonneville blitz that reversed a 29-24 deficit early in the third quarter into a 21-4 run, ending with the 45-33 lead.

Box Elder led 27-24 at the half, took that 29-24 lead on an Elijah Kersey basket early in the third for its biggest lead of the game, but then the Lakers went wild for the next eight minutes to put it away.

Kersey paced the Bees with 13 points and McKee checked in with 11.

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