The Pleasant Grove Vikings played catch-up ball from the opening tip on Tuesday's game against the Bingham Miners. By the last period, with less than six minutes remaining in the game, Pleasant Grove's defense shut off Bingham's game plan and survived a tough contest, 51-45.
Bingham established a power game in the opening period as they led at the break 14-11 on the shooting of senior guard Myles Youngblood with six points.
"They out-rebounded us and out-hustled us," Pleasant Grove head coach Randy McAllister said. "Basketball is a game you have to show up to and play every game. I think our kids overlooked Bingham tonight."
The Vikings started their comeback in the second period as they scored 13 points to the Miners' 12 points, with the score at the half 26-24 for Bingham.
"Bingham was playing for their region life here. They were not holding anything back," McAllister said.
The third period was just as tough as the first half for both teams as Pleasant Grove outscored Bingham 12-11, but was still playing from behind as the 3rd period score had Bingham holding the lead 37-36. Defense on both teams was tight, but momentum was slowly moving to the home team.
"We were coached to focus on this game because losing would make our next game much harder to play and prep for," said Viking senior guard Casey Brown. "I think we were all thinking past tonight."
Senior guard Kawika Akina agreed with Brown. "During warm-ups and pre-game, we were all excited to play and do our best, but we missed our first couple of easy shots and let it get to us more than usual and it kinda took us out of the game."
The final period was the strongest effort from the Vikings as they scored 15 points and held Bingham to eight. Senior center Matt Van Komen, 7'4", used extra effort in this last minute of play as he scored on a slam dunk, hit two free throws and blocked Bingham's last shot with 2 seconds remaining on the clock.Comment on this story
Brown mentioned that the Vikings need to be mentally tough for their next game. Coach McAllister added, "Tonight, we made just enough plays to stay where we're at."
The high point man on the court was Bingham's Youngblood with 14 points. Senior Luke Tueller added 12 points.
For Pleasant Grove, four of their players scored in double figures with Van Komen scoring highest for the Vikings with 13 points. Akina added 12, and Brown and senior guard Tyler Fairbanks took 11 points apiece.
The loss gives Bingham a 0-3 record in Region 4 play with an overall record of 10-7. Pleasant Grove has a 3-0 region record with a 15-2 overall record.