High school basketball: Logan holds off Bonneville to stay in first in region

Published: Thursday, Feb. 2 2012 12:17 a.m. MST

LOGAN — The poise that Logan's boys basketball team lacked in squandering a 15-point lead, was more than made up for Wednesday night with its resiliency down the stretch.

Jordan Larsen converted a breakaway lay-up with three seconds remaining, and then Johnny Luke stole the ensuing inbound pass as Logan held off Bonneville for the 54-51 victory.

"I was really proud of the way we finished the game. We at least finished it with some composure cause Bonneville really made a run at us," said Logan coach Logan Brown.

For a Grizzlies team that led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter and then 33-21 at the half, it certainly had to sweat out the second half as Bonneville rallied to briefly take a lead early in the fourth quarter.

Logan quickly regained the lead and never relinquished it despite missing some key free throws in the final minute that kept Bonneville within striking distance.

"Coach always tells us we need to weather the storms and come back and fight, and I think that's what we did at the start of the fourth quarter," said Larsen, who finished with a team-high 13 points.

With the victory, Logan remains in a first-place tie atop the Region 5 standings with Sky View, which squeaked past Mountain Crest in overtime Wednesday night. With half the region slate remaining, coach Brown said it's a bit early to get excited about being in first place.

"We're happy to be where we're at, but we're not satisfied," he said.

Defense was the catalyst to Wednesday's victory. Outside of the stretch at the end of the third quarter in which Bonneville scored on 5-of-6 possessions to whittle the lead to 39-37, the Grizzlies were outstanding, forcing 16 turnovers and holding the Lakers to just two 3-pointers.

"We held a team that normally makes eight or nine 3s a game to two. So I was pretty proud of our defense," said Brown.

He was particularly pleased with the defensive effort of Dallin Dahl, who held Bonneville leading scorer Quinton Larson scoreless in the first half.

Larson, who came into the game averaging 18 points, heated up in the third quarter, though, scoring 11 of his game-high 15 points, including the Lakers' only two 3-pointers of the game.

Bonneville maintained the momentum early in the fourth quarter as Mason Rich's rebound putback with 6:45 remaining gave the Lakers a 41-39 lead, their first since a 10-9 lead in the first quarter.

Logan responded and increased its lead to 48-43 with 3:13 remaining on a 3-pointer by Larsen. Despite making just 4-of-9 free throws the rest of the way, the Grizzlies hung on for the win.

"Coming in, we knew if we got the win we'd be first place in region after the first round. We knew we couldn't overlook Bonneville. We fought and battled and came up with the win," said Larsen. "I think right now we're firing on all cylinders and we're confident and we're rolling."

Along with Larsen's team-high 13 points, Russell Murphy chipped in with 12 for the Grizzlies while Luke added 11.

Email: jedward@desnews.com

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