Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
SOUTH JORDAN — Layton rebounded from two tough losses in strong fashion by beating Bingham on the road 71-55. The Lancers used dominating frontcourt play and two big second-half runs to bury the Miners and push their record to 4-3 on the year.
"That's a good team we beat tonight and it was a good win for us," said Layton coach Kelby Miller. "I love our group — we're pretty talented and when we have our minds in the game we're hard to beat."
Layton entered Wednesday's game on the heels of a double-overtime loss to Brighton followed by a hard-fought 40-39 loss to Woods Cross and was hungry for a victory. Miller felt his team needed a complete effort from both his starters and his bench and he received just that.
The game was tight for most of the first half before Layton inched ahead to take a 33-30 lead into the locker room. After the half it was all Lancers.
Midway through the third quarter Layton managed a 12-0 run to stretch its lead to 45-34. Such a run is impressive in and of itself, but made even more impressive considering it was done with its two leading scorers (Mike Hibbert and Jarriesse Blackmon) on the bench.
"I love the depth of this team and I told my guys at half just to not let up," Miller said. "I was very happy with our focus in the second half playing in a hostile environment and I felt we just kept our foot on the pedal throughout the game and it worked well for us."
Layton maintained its double-digit margin throughout the third and entered the fourth with a 49-38 lead. Bingham tried to change things up with a full-court press in the fourth quarter, but it didn't seem to phase Layton in the least. The Lancers went on another 12-0 run in the fourth to build a 63-42 lead and all but end Bingham's hopes of victory.
"We practice five against seven and all sorts of crazy stuff in practice to prepare us for situations like that, so I think we were well-prepared for that press," Miller said. "Our guys didn't panic and we had some bad turnovers late, but I liked our focus and effort in the second half."
The Lancers were led on the night by Hibbert and Blackmon who had 22 and 24 points, respectively. The Miners were led by Jordan Evans who finished with 15 points.
With the win, Layton moves to 4-3 on the year and will next take on Mountain Crest at home. Next up for the 4-3 Miners is a trip to San Diego to compete in the Torrey Pines tournament beginning Dec. 27.
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