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Patience pays

Bengals keep their cool in win over Vikings

BOUNTIFUL — The Brighton Bengals had a week to think about their 13-point loss to Fremont and everything that went awry.

Friday night in their 64-56 victory over Viewmont, the Bengals (3-4) needed one quarter to remedy the problem.

"We weren't very patient (against Fremont)," Brighton coach Lynn Moncur said. "Our whole thought process was to be patient and that's what we were. We passed the basketball and as soon as we passed the ball we got great shots. We were able to convert them."

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The Bengals shot 58.8 percent from the field in the first quarter (10-for-17) to take a 22-17 lead and they never looked back.

They shot 50 percent for the game, and to prove Moncur's point, the Bengals dished out 12 assists — Brady Maxfield had five and Steve Miller added four.

"We needed to play well on the road and we needed to win — that was the bottom line," Moncur said.

In its three other losses, the Bengals lost to No. 1 Layton by a point after leading at the end of three quarters. They lost to then-No. 2 Northridge by two and Mercer Island, Wash., by five at the Ragu Classic.

"When you win a game you forget about all the close losses," Moncur said. "We needed to win to get our confidence going."

Ryan Wolff led the Bengals with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting, and Maxfield added 14 points on 3 of 4 shooting and 7 of 8 from the foul line. Jonnie Knoble chipped in with nine.

The Bengals' hot shooting continued in the second quarter as they shot 60 percent (6 of 10), and defensively they held the Vikings (5-4) to just eight points en route to a 36-35 halftime lead.

Brighton struggled with just five points in the third quarter as the Vikings trimmed the lead to four at the end of the quarter on back-to-back scores by Brickton Flammer. Tyson Young then cut the lead to one with a bucket to start the fourth quarter. The Bengals then went on an 8-2 run to put the game out of reach.

"We kept our composure. We knew they were going to make a run," Moncur said. "They got it down to two but we stepped up and made some big plays to put an end to a run. I liked how we finished the ball game. Once we got up we didn't let them get back in it."

Down the stretch the Bengals hit 13 of 17 foul shots.

Shane Williams led Viewmont with 15 points and Kellen Frey added 13, while Jordan Matthews finished with 11.