Bees use Roy’s aggressiveness against them in win, drop first game of state tournament
Shad Watson takes it hard to the rim and earns a trip to the foul line, which was the Bees’ game plan to exploit an aggressive Royals’ defense.
Amid a championship-like atmosphere and a nearly packed house in the Box Elder High School gym last Wednesday, the Bees used the Royals’ aggressive defense in their favor, and shot 21-of-26 (80 percent) from the free-throw line on their way to a 78-71 win over the Region 5 champs.
“Our plan was to be more aggressive...and attack the basket more,” said coach Jace McKee, which resulted in free-throws.
Darius McFarland was on a tear all night, opening the game with a bucket off a steal for the first points of the game, and finishing with a team-high 23 points. In between, McFarland was a regular spark for the Bees, with several steals, four assists and nine rebounds, especially after Roy banged him up a little.
“He was great,” said coach Jace McKee. “He got mad and he was going to take it to them.”
Shad Watson followed McFarland with 20 points, including two 3-pointers.
McKee generally praised the work of his four seniors—Watson, Jeff Sever, Tanner Hennesy and Shad Mortensen—for the victory.
“I felt our seniors came to play on senior night, and they were ready to go out and make a show for their last home game,” said McKee.
Roy jumped out early in the first quarter, 7-4, but following a couple of free throws by Daniel Didericksen, McFarland stole the ball and hit Tanner Hennesey for a bucket, which spurred the Bees to a 10-2 run.
At the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter, Box Elder went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 10 points off perfect free-throw shooting from Jarom Mecham, Jeff Sever and Watson.
Sever found Watson streaking to the bucket midway through the second quarter for a high-light reel assist and bucket to keep the lead at 10. Watson and Sever each hit 3-pointers down the stretch headed into intermission to give Box Elder a 12-point lead, 44-32.
Intense defensive pressure from Roy and some occasional sloppy play by Box Elder in the third quarter helped the Royals narrow the deficit, and a steal and a dunk by Roy’s 6-foot 9-inch Brekkot Chapman, gave the Royals the lead, 53-52.
Sever hit a circus shot, and McFarland hit a bucket and the plus-one at the end of the quarter to re-take the lead, 57-53.
The Bees opened the fourth quarter with five consecutive points off free-throws from Watson and Sever, and with 6:15 left in the game, Box Elder held a nine-point lead, 62-53.
McFarland had 10 of his points from that point in the game, and even dished out a highlight-reel assist to Kevin Harris with less than 30 seconds left to seal the win.
In addition to McFarland and Watson, Sever had 13 points and Jarom Mecham and Tanner Hennesy had eight each.
On Monday, the Bees played in the first round of the 4A State Tournament where they were one-and-done against Orem, 75-56.
In the middle two quarters, Orem out-scored the Bees, 41-24. Box Elder struggled to make shots, going 20-of-51 (39 percent) from the field and 8-for-11 (72 percent) from the free-throw line. Orem shot 58 percent (29-of-50) from the field and were 12-of-15 (80 percent) from the free-throw line.
“They [Orem] got a little too much penetration and got too much near the rim,” McKee said about the second and third quarters. The Bees had the lead, 18-14, at the end of the first quarter, but as the lead diminished and turned into a deficit, the shooting became tighter and shots they normally would make, they missed.
Watson had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, in the loss. McFarland had 15, and Tanner Hennesy had six.
McKee said he has no regrets, and doesn’t feel like his team didn’t give it their all.
“I’m super proud of our kids,” said McKee. “We battled, despite being a little undersized, and played them tough.”
Players needed for baseball club
The Box Elder Crush competitive baseball club is seeking players for its 10U and 11U teams for play this spring.
The teams will compete in the Brigham City Spring baseball league and the Rocky Mountain School of Baseball Super League this spring and resume play in the fall. Practice is underway for games beginning April 1. The season ends June 24.
For more information contact Roger Sorensen at 435-720-7866 or 435-723-2724, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pitch, Hit and Run comp. slated
The Box Elder Crush Baseball Club will host a Pitch, Hit and Run competition sponsored by Major League Baseball on March 15, from 12-3 p.m. at the Brigham City Pioneer Park west Pony League field.
There will be four age groups for boys and girls: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, and 13/14. Competitors will have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including the national finals at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game. Individual winners in pitching, hitting and running, as well as the all-around champion in each age group and gender will move on to the sectional level of competition.
All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out the registration/waiver form.
For more information, contact Roger Sorensen at 435-720-7866, or by email at email@example.com.
Marc Rubin Memorial tournament
Teams are being sought to play in Brigham City Recreation’s annual Marc Rubin Memorial Softball Tournament on May 9-10 at Pioneer Park, sponsored by SavOn Sporting Goods.
The tournament is wood bat only, and bats will be provided. The cost to register a team is $150, which includes a three game guarantee.
Register online at: www.brighamcity.utah.gov, or call 435-734-6610. There is a $50 deposit required to reserve a spot.
Register for BC comp baseball
Brigham City Recreation is offering a spring competitive baseball league for five age groups: 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U and 13U. The deadline to register for the league is March 23.
Games are scheduled to begin the first week of April, with 13U playing on Monday/Tuesday, 12U on Thursday, 11U on Tuesday, 10U on Wednesday and 9U on Monday.
The cost to join the league is $450 per team, which includes a 10-game guarantee. Space is limited. Reserve a spot online at www.brighamcity.utah.gov. For more information, call Jackie at 435-734-6607.
Volleyball league now registering
Brigham City Recreation is accepting registrations for its Adult Co-Rec Volleyball League, which is scheduled to begin play on March 24.
Two divisions will be offered: the “just for fun” A-division or the more competitive B-division. The cost to join the league is $195 per team. The league is slated to start on March 24th with games being played on Monday/Wednesday nights.
Information will be sent out to teams via email the week prior to games beginning.
Register online at www.brighamcity.utah.gov or in person at the recreation office, 641 East 200 North, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-noon.
For more information call Jackie at 435-734-6607.