A 12-0 run by Green Canyon in the second quarter threatened to derail Logan, but the Grizzlies bounced back in a big way.
Logan scored nine straight points to take the lead for good and then pulled away in the second half for a 58-46 victory in a Region 11 boys basketball game on Friday night at Grizzly Den.
“I thought we responded really well, though, in the second quarter when they kind of punched us first, and I thought our guys kind of calmed down,” LHS head coach Logan Brown said in a radio interview with 610 KVNU. “And at the beginning we were just maybe rushing stuff and Green Canyon was doing a really good job of guarding us, and I felt like we kind of got into forcing a few things. But our guys responded really well.”
It was a much different game than the first showdown between these two teams — a Logan win in triple overtime last month. The Wolves (10-10, 3-5) pared their deficit to 28-25 early in the third quarter before the Grizzlies took control for good with a 13-2 spurt. Logan drained four 3-pointers during that surge.
In fact, the Grizzlies (13-5, 5-3) basically inflicted all of their damage offensively in the middle two quarters on shots from downtown. After all, Logan scored 30 of its 31 points in the second and third quarters on 3-balls. The hosts finished with 11 treys in the contest.
Conversely, the Wolves were ice cold from 3-point range in the game. The visitors did knock down five treys, but three of them were in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter. Additionally, Logan limited Green Canyon standout Brady Smith to four points in the first three quarters.
“I thought we were really good defensively in the second half, minus the last two minutes,” Brown said.
“But really I had a couple of assistant coaches, coach (Chapman) Walk and coach (Gordon) Garrett, made a really good suggestion defensively at halftime and that adjustment paid off. But I was just really proud of our kids. I thought we were composed when we needed to be and I thought once we ... took the lead, we controlled the game.”
The Grizzlies did an excellent job of getting quality looks in the paint in the fourth quarter as 16 of their 17 points were netted on either drives to the basket or post-ups.
It was a balanced attack offensively for Logan, which got 15 points from Ethan Davis, 11 from Jadin Penigar and nine off the bench from Gaje Jenson. Jaelin Hoth chipped in with seven points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who had nine different players score in the contest. Davis did a very nice job of attacking the basket, and Brown was also very pleased with the performance of Oliver Hashimoto.
To their credit, the Wolves finished strong as they scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, including 14 in the final three minutes. Smith led the way with 15 points, followed by freshman Jared Anderson with 13. Dallas Day gave Green Canyon another nice lift off the bench with eight points.
Four different Wolves scored during their aforementioned 12-0 run.
“Logan was really good tonight,” GC head coach Dan McClure said. “We didn’t handle some of the defensive adjustments we saw tonight very well and that’s on me. I thought we competed hard. We just weren’t quite good enough.”
BEARS 69, MUSTANGS 58
Bear River took a 21-13 lead into the second quarter and never looked back at home against Mountain Crest. In the process, the Bears (9-10, 2-6) swept the season series with the Mustangs (2-16, 0-8).
Mountain Crest did battle back and scored 37 points after halftime, but still trailed by 19 points after three quarters.
Joseph Hunsaker sank four 3-balls and finished with a team-high 16 points for the Mustangs, who got 14 points from Nick LeFevre, 10 from Preston Wiberg and eight from Miles Croshaw. Hunsaker scored half of his points in the fourth quarter.
A pair of Bear River players recorded double-doubles in Gherig Marble and Kace Jones. Marble contributed with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Jones added 15 points and 10 boards.