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Spanish Fork’s balanced attack downs Wolves

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SPANISH FORK — Spanish Fork boys basketball coach Mark Bailey isn't about to turn down a win of any sort.

On Wednesday, Bailey's Dons gave up a 14-point third-quarter lead to Timpanogos and fell behind by two points early in the final period.

But just when Spanish Fork looked to be on the ropes, it responded with an 18-5 run to retake the lead and beat Timpanogos 68-56 in Region 4 play.

"It's a win and we'll take it," Bailey said. "We know we have to do a better job and clean up quite a few things. Timpanogos is a scrappy team. They have good shooters that kept them in the game."

Despite the scare Timpanogos put in Spanish Fork, Bailey was pleased with the balanced play he got on the offensive end.

Jason Steenstra led the Dons with 15 points while Jace Brinkerhoff had 13, Dallin Naulu 12, Griff Robles 10 and Saia Naulu 10.

"We are a balanced team," Bailey said. "That is how we are. We have to spread the ball around."

Spanish Fork took charge of the game early by jumping out to a 14-4 lead with 2:22 left in the first quarter.

Timpanogos battled back in the second period to cut its deficit to 18-14 three minutes in. The Dons then countered the T-Wolves' mini-run by out scoring Timpanogos 14-6 to lead 32-20 at halftime.

Spanish Fork looked as if the momentum was going to carry over into the second half as they opened up a 37-23 lead with 6:49 left in the third quarter following a three-point play by Steenstra.

But over the final six minutes of the third quarter, Timpanogos outscored Spanish Fork 15-6 to come within five at 43-38.

Timpanogos took its first and only lead of the night early in the final period at 45-43 with 6:30 left in the game following a steal by McWhorter and a lay up by Halford.

"They understood what was going on and they were frustrated," Bailey said of his team's play. "We just had to take care of the ball. We settled for too many outside shots. We are still learning to find out what our strengths are."

Spanish Fork must have found its strengths quickly because once Timpanogos took the lead, the Dons went on their 18-5 run to take the lead for good at 61-50 with 1:35 to play. During that stretch, Brinkerhoff and Dallin Naulu came up with big steals and Robles hit two big baskets to spark the Spanish Fork run.