WASHINGTON TERRACE — Rest assured that no member of the Fremont boys basketball team works for the federal government, but the Silver Wolves were still part of a shutdown Friday evening.
Fremont employed a vise-grip, lock-tight defense for most of its non-region game against Bonneville and neatly negotiated a 57-40 victory over the Lakers.
“Defense was a point of emphasis at practice yesterday; we challenged the kids and are pretty dang happy with the outcome,” Fremont coach Corey Melaney said. “We had a great first half; you hold a team to 40 and you should win most ballgames.”
The Silver Wolves held Bonneville to six points in the first quarter and 10 in the second to go up 33-16 at the half, then posted another single digit defensive period with nine in the fourth.
“I would have liked to have been a little more patient on offense but I was happy that we extended that lead, especially after that time out in the second quarter with four minutes to go. It got the kids refocused and really made a nice run,” Melaney said.
It was a 12-0 run in the second quarter, coupled with an 8-0 burst at the end of the first frame that fueled the Fremont fire.
Baylor Harrop, usually a starter, came off the bench to score nine points in the first half and added 14 in the second stanza to lead Fremont with 23 points, including a trio of treys.
“I just focused on what I needed to do and play like I normally do, and not let it get in my head,” Harrop said. “I try to be an all-around player as much as I can.”
Bonneville rallied back in the third quarter, putting together an 8-0 spurt to close the gap to 43-31 with a 15-point period before Harrop drained a 3 to beat the buzzer and end any thoughts of a comeback.
“I’m really proud of our kids’ effort in the second half. It got chippy and our team responded a little bit and got it down to 12,” Bonneville coach Kyle Bullinger said. “We got it back to a manageable area but that’s a tough situation. We can’t give up that 3 at the end of the third quarter.”
Fremont’s lead ballooned to 20 late in the fourth quarter before Melaney cleared his bench.
Mitch Stratford also had double digits for the Silver Wolves with 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
Henry Bushell netted 16 points for the Lakers and Luke Dixon also posted double digits with 11, going 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.
“There’s a lot of familiarity with our teams; we knew they were going to fight but I was happy with our kids. They really wanted this one,” Melaney said.