Cameron has worked really hard on his game. He's more often than not the guy that's staying after the longest after practice. I think he appreciates how good he can be. —Timpanogos Coach Nate Crandall
SPRINGVILLE — Team's total records, especially early in the year, can be misleading. Heading into a matchup against region rival Springville, Timpanogos had won only three of its first eight games on the year while the Red Devils had won seven of their eight.
Despite the combined records, along with the game being played on Springville's home court, the Timberwolves took a 66-57 victory, kicking off region play on a high note.
"This is a great win for us," said coach Nate Crandall. "We did start out a little bit rough, but we played great teams. I think that really helped our guys get ready for a game like this. To go on the road against a great team like Springville with great coaches and great players, … it gave us the confidence we needed to compete and we got off to a great start and rolled from there."
The T-Wolves never trailed in the game, getting off to an early 23-12 lead after one quarter, finishing off the quarter with four straight 3-pointers from senior Tyler Hamilton. They built their lead to 40-23 and never looked back.
Springville did make some runs after the half, scoring the first seven points after the break to close the score to 40-30 before Timpanogos began to match their punches, heading into the final period up 49-38.
The Red Devils cut the lead to seven points at 63-56 with just under two minutes left in the game, but it proved to be too-little, too-late.
Timpanogos was led on the night by senior forward Cameron Bailey, who finished with 19 points.
"Cameron has worked really hard on his game," said Crandall about Bailey. "He's more often than not the guy that's staying after the longest after practice. I think he appreciates how good he can be."
Hamilton finished the game with 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
Springville was led by Nathan Israelsen who finished with 19 points.
With the win, Timpanogos moves to 4-5 on the year and next takes on Timpview on the road.
Springville drops to 7-2 and will travel to take on Orem this Friday.