SPANISH FORK After a 66-55 win over Pine View on Friday, the Spanish Fork boys basketball team is pleased with its early results. The Dons looked a little shaky in their opener, but put together a better all-around performance against the Panthers.
Dallin Naulu led all scorers with 19 points, including five three-point shots, as Spanish Fork's quick guards out played Pine Views big post players.
"Better than Tuesday," said Spanish Fork coach Mark Bailey. "I thought Dallin really set the tempo for us. He hit some big shots."
Naulu ended up being the difference-maker despite taking some hard knocks early in the game. In the first quarter, a collision with a Pine View player near center court opened up a gash above his right eye, and the senior guard had to leave the game to get the wound patched.
Later in the game he took a shot to the face in a similar collision that left him with a probable broken nose.
Even with a bandaged face, Naulu still had no problem knocking down the big outside shots that gave his team the early advantage.
"He had some nice looks and was knocking them down early," said Bailey. "It gave us an early lead. They had to play catch up.."
The separation occurred late in the first quarter. Trailing 8-7, Spanish Fork went on a 14-3 run that included two Naulu threes, and some fast break layups. Pine View struggled to get its inside game going and couldn't keep up in the outside shooting game.
The Panthers didn't hit a single three-point shot in the game, compared to the Dons' seven.
Six-foot-6 forward Louis Garrett was Pine View's leading scorer with 16 points, but most of those came in the second half.
After opening up the early lead, Spanish Fork scored the first six points of the second quarter to go up by 17, and the Panthers could never get any closer than nine points the rest of the game.
Pine View showed some fatigue, playing on the road for a second-straight night. They didn't let the game get completely away from them in the second half, but didn't have the energy to mount a serious comeback.
Conner Atkin added 14 points for the Panthers. Zach Clayton had 15 for the Dons.