It’s hard to get wins here. You have to grind it out, you really have to have a gut check, and I thought we had certain guys step up and answer the bell. —Bingham head coach Jake Schroeder
WEST JORDAN — Bingham boys’ basketball handed West Jordan its first defeat, 54-50, in an intense game that came down to the last seconds Wednesday.
“This is my fifth year coaching, this (West Jordan) is one of the hardest places to play. Coach Briggs and that whole staff and that program, when I played, back in ’99 to now, it’s just a phenomenal program, it’s hard to get wins here. You have to grind it out, you really have to have a gut check, and I thought we had certain guys step up and answer the bell,” Bingham head coach Jake Schroeder said.
The Miners were led by Brayden Cosper's 18 points.
“I thought that Brayden Cosper had one of his best games today. He had more leg, more bounce, more energy, more fire in him than he’s had all year,” Schroeder said.
Cosper’s football teammate — Ryan Wood — chipped in nine points, and Ethan Langston also had nine.
“They’re adjusting fine, and as the year goes on, they’ll get better, along with everybody else. I think the “football excuse” is kind of out the window now and now we can just focus on us getting better,” Schroeder said.
West Jordan’s offense was deliberate, with the ball constantly moving and the Jaguars not taking a shot until a good opportunity presents itself. Bingham defended West Jordan well enough to win, especially on the last few trips down the court for the Jaguars.
“We haven’t won a lot recently, so I think they were really hungry for a win. We haven’t played the way we’ve wanted to and we’ve lost a couple games that we probably should have won, we felt we should have won,” Schroeder said. “It’s more credit to them, we’ve played them enough that we know they’re pretty deliberate and they do a great job of running their stuff. We just wanted to make sure that we got stops when we needed to.”
After West Jordan took a 12-8 lead in the first quarter, the Miners fought back, outscoring the Jaguars 19-7 in the second period to take a 27-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Miners led 39-32 after three, but the Jaguars came alive in the fourth quarter to make the game interesting.
West Jordan was led by Sinai Enoch, who scored 15 points and had a number of key plays down the stretch to give the Jaguars a chance to win. Enoch went to the foul line eight times in the fourth quarter, sinking six free throws.
With minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, West Jordan went on a run and cut the lead to one on a pair of three throws by Darrian Nebeker, but Dalton Miller knocked down two free ones to give Bingham a three-point lead. Nebeker countered with two points to whittle the lead back down to one point, and with 30 seconds remaining, Cosper made a free throw to push the lead to two.
On the ensuing West Jordan possession, good defense from Dax Milne shut down Enoch, and Bingham would go on to win.