The biggest thing is that it's a quality road win in what is going to be a very tough region. —Lone Peak coach Dave Evans
SOUTH JORDAN — Beginning play in what looks to be a brutal Region 4 with a win is a big thing, but perhaps particularly so when it comes on the road against defending 5A champion Bingham. The Lone Peak boys basketball team did just that Friday night, hanging on for a 65-58 hard-fought win, a little over 10 months since falling to the Miners in the 5A state championship game.
But forget about any revenge factor making the win bigger than otherwise, at least in the mind of Lone Peak coach Dave Evans.
"The biggest thing is that it's a quality road win in what is going to be a very tough region," Evans said. "With Bingham — it doesn't get much better than what coach (Jake) Schroeder does here. He's obviously a great coach and the win is big because of this year, without much thought to anything that's happened in the past."
Getting a win over a team like Bingham is rarely easy, but some lockdown defense during key stretches worked well to vault the Knights to the win.
The first key defensive stretch came right after the half, with Lone Peak not allowing a field goal made by the Miners until just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Knights, meanwhile, played efficiently on offense and took command in the form of a 51-36 courtesy of an 11-2 run.
"That's kind of the time we take off, at least this group," Evans said. "The third quarter has almost always been good for us after we talk about the things we need to adjust. The guys always seem to adjust well."
As good as the third quarter was, for the most part, Bingham was able to find some holes in the fourth. After leading by double-digits for most of the second half, the Knights found themselves up only 61-58 with 1:30 left after Ryan Wood stole a pass and drove the length of the court of a lay-up.
"We just kind of forgot to do some of the things we normally do well in that fourth quarter," Evans said. "Credit to Bingham for coming back, that's the kind of team they are and we know that, but we'll need to look at some things and fix those in the coming weeks."
Lone Peak did adjust in time to make a key defensive stand late, holding Bingham scoreless for the final minute and a half. Meanwhile Steven Ashworth was key from the foul line, making all four of his attempts in the final stretch to hold the Miners at bay.
"Steven is one of several guys I'd want at the line late, in that situation, and he did great knocking down those foul shots," Evans said.
Ashworth finished with 15 points, while Chantry Ross led the Knights and all scorers with 20 points, scoring 18 of those in the first half.
Bingham was led by Wood and his team-high 17 points.
Next up for the Knights is a home game against rival American Fork on Tuesday, while the Miners will look to rebound from the loss by taking on Westlake on the road.