HIGHLAND — Lone Peak's boys basketball team often does its best work in the second half. It's less often that a big portion of that work is provided by key contributions off the bench.
The less-heralded players on the Knights' roster stepped up big Tuesday night during a demoralizing 22-2 second-half run that all but buried Pleasant Grove. Ultimately, Lone Peak walked away with a comfortable 68-51 win to solidify its perch on top of Region 4.
"I thought we had good poise and (Pleasant Grove) is a very good team," said Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis.
Sophomore guard Frank Jackson and TJ Haws led the way for the Knights with 26 and 24 points, respectively, but were aided big time from contributions off the bench. Jantzen Allphin led the effort by the reserves, going 3 for 3 from the field and finishing with six points.
"I think our bench finished 9 for 9 and that's obviously a big help in a game like this," Lewis said. "I was real happy with their effort."
The Knights played from behind throughout the first half, but managed to tie it at halftime, 33-33. The Vikings re-established a lead in the second half and led 39-36 early in the third quarter before Lone Peak's 22-2 run.
A couple of 3-pointers from Haws sparked the burst that ran clear into the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
Following Haws' two treys were 12 straight points from bench players that saw Lone Peak build a 50-41 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Knights then led 58-41 with just less than five minutes remaining in the fourth.
"Our bench was awesome tonight," Jackson said. "We're a solid team and we work best when we work as a team. I think we did that tonight."
Pleasant Grove was led by forward Matt Conway, who scored a team-high 23 points. Most of his work was done in the first half, however, as Lone Peak worked to limit his touches in the second half.
"We're just pushing different buttons and going with whatever works," Lewis said about limiting Conway. "You never quite know until you enter the game and I'm impressed with (Conway's) quickness and strength and he's got a great motor, but I think our trapping kind of kept him away a little bit."
With the win, Lone Peak improves to 11-2 on the year and 3-0 in region play. Next up for the Knights in a road game against Riverton Friday. Pleasant Grove drops to 12-2 on the year and 2-1 in region play. The Vikings will look to rebound Friday with a game against Herriman at home.
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