BRIGHAM CITY — After watching Jayce Anderson light it up for 24 points in three quarters, Box Elder's coaches basically said enough is enough, and committed constant triples teams to the Bonneville center whenever he touched the ball in the fourth quarter.

With the game virtually a dead head the entire way, Box Elder's coaches were basically challenging someone else from Bonneville to beat them.

The Lakers' supporting cast was up to the challenge, barely.

Davis Garner buried a clutch 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter, and the Lakers made just enough free throws (7-of-12) in the final quarter to hold on for the 60-57 victory — even though Anderson was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

"Every road game in this conference is going to be tough," said Bonneville coach Blair Garner. "Every game's a fight. It seems like we're bringing out the best in everybody."

With the win, Bonneville (4-2, 12-3) kept its Region 5 title hopes alive, whereas a loss would've dropped the Lakers two games back of front runners Bountiful and Mountain Crest at the midway point of the region season.

"This was a huge win for us on the road," said Bonneville guard Sam Sanchez, who in many ways was responsible for the most important play of the game.

After Box Elder's Topher O'Neill tied the game at 53-53 on a pair of free throws with 2:21 remaining, Sanchez was fouled on a three-point attempt, and promptly buried all three foul shots with 2:07 left. That 56-53 deficit put pressure on the Bees, who did not handle it well at all.

Box Elder (3-3, 8-7) turned the ball over on its next two possessions, and after the Lakers made 3-of-5 free throws during the next minute, the Bees found themselves trailing 59-53 with under a minute remaining.

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It should've been lights out for the Bees, but the pressure was about to get the best of the Lakers as well.

After Box Elder cut the lead to 59-55, Bonneville's Colby Hill missed two straight free throws, and the Bees took advantage with a Tyler Ormsby layup with 20.3 seconds remaining.

"(Box Elder) is a good team. You can't look at their record," said Garner. "They're extremely well coaches, and they play great defense."

That defensive intensity was never more evident than on Bonneville's ensuing inbound pass. As the Lakers lobbed the ball to Garner, Box Elder's Jordan Brinkerhoff came soaring in to snatch it, and while flying into the Box Elder student section, he had the presence of mind to flick the ball over the back of his head to teammate Colby Hennessy.

Unfortunately, for the Bees, they never got a game-tying shot off as they turned the ball over with only four seconds remaining in the game, and Bonneville secured its first road victory of the season.

Despite the win, Garner would've liked to see his team do a better job of getting Anderson involved despite the fourth quarter pressure.

"We didn't do as good a job as we could've getting the ball to him, but I thought that was probably the best basketball he's played this year," said Garner.

Anderson also responded to his coach's challenge of playing with more intensity, as evidenced by his two-handed driving dunk in the opening minutes of the game.


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