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High school boys basketball: Bountiful ekes out dramatic win over Lehi

Lehi’s Quincy Lewis and Bountiful’s Mike Maxwell are two of Utah’s most noted high school boys basketball coaches and have a long history of success.

As they glanced at each other in pregame warmups Friday night, they had to realize their skills were being tested as they saw all the youth on the court.

Both teams started just one senior, and after 31 minutes of exciting but inconsistent play, the game was down to the final seconds and they chose to let their players decide the outcome.

Carson Smith had 17 points and Sam Stevenson 15, but it was Stevenson’s pass to Trevin Ostler that decided the outcome, as the burly 6-foot-5 center scored with eight seconds left to give Bountiful a 51-49 nonregion win over the Pioneers.

“This is the kind of game we wanted to have,” said Maxwell, who has won three state titles in his 30+ years at Bountiful. “We’ve got to let our young guys play and figure it out and get ready fast for region and state.”

Bountiful is also still adjusting to its new nickname, the Redhawks. Although Maxwell admitted that he still wears most of his red golf shirts bearing the old mascot because it’s hard to see the logo from a distance, the gym seemed barren for its home opener as much of the walls are still waiting for their new banners to be shipped from overseas.

The Redhawks only seemed bothered briefly. In the second quarter, they scored just two points and saw a 14-9 lead turn into a 24-16 deficit, but Maxwell then took his squad into the locker room and turned to Ostler to make a difference.

“We had to force turnovers, and we needed Trevin to be more aggressive to get the ball,” Maxwell said. “He needed to come to the ball and demand it.”

Ostler had just two points at halftime, but finished with 11 and four rebounds. He also forced Lehi’s bigger players — Grayson Brousseau and Nixon Ruffner — to focus more on defense, and Lehi’s young guard tandem had to take charge of the offense.

Brousseau finished with 17 points, with 15 in the first half. Spencer Anderson added nine points and Cooper Lewis eight, but the group made too many turnovers to fall to 0-3 so far while playing on the road against powerful schools such as Westlake and Davis, in addition to Bountiful.

The Pioneers had a chance to earn their first win, but a 3-point shot attempt fell short at the buzzer.

“We got a good look at it (the basket),” said coach Lewis, whose senior-laden team won the 5A state title last year. “I don’t know if we could have done any better if we had called timeout. The kids need to learn how to win and do it against good teams.”