Highland • The last time the Lone Peak and Brighton boys’ basketball teams met, it was a state semifinal game. And it was one that saw Brighton take the air out of the ball for nearly an entire quarter to no avail against the eventual 5A champs.
But there was no standing around on Tuesday as the Knights and Bengals clashed again.
Lone Peak 74,Brighton 50
O Frank Jackson scores 19 points, and T.J. Haws has 17 points and nine assists for Lone Peak. » Brighton plays without injured standout Brock Miller, and Osa Masina struggles after getting in early foul trouble.
Brighton was playing at full speed this time, but not at full strength, as it was without one starter due to injury and saw another key player saddled with foul trouble from the outset as Lone Peak (4-1) rolled to a 74-50 victory.
It was the first game for the Knights since participating in the Great Western Shootout in Orem.
"We had a week off and we needed a week. I thought we got better defensively in the Shootout, but we made a greater commitment tonight — especially in the first half," Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis said.
Defense turned into offense for the Knights, particularly in the case of standout T.J. Haws.
Scoreless in the first period, Haws swiped a Brighton pass a minute into the second and then passed the ball to teammate Frank Jackson for a bucket and a 21-10 advantage.
That was the first of three straight by Haws. The next two pilfers led to baskets by Haws himself and a 25-10 spread between the squads.
Haws finished with 17 points and nine assists while Jackson tallied 19 points. Zach Frampton also finished in double figures (11 points) as well as gathering a team-high eight rebounds.
"Our philosophy is to shoot it. Even if the shots are not falling, we have the shooter’s mentality," Frampton said. "I thought we started to share it, too, and we got into the groove."
Lone Peak doubled up Brighton 46-23 at the start of the third quarter and the Bengals (2-4) could only get as close as 15 the rest of the way.
The Bengals were playing without injured Brock Miller, and standout Osa Masina’s foul trouble also hampered the home team.
Masina went to the bench at the 7:41 mark of the second quarter with three personal fouls and never found his stride.
John Gremillion paced the Bengals with 12 points while Derek Devashrayee added 10.
"One thing about Brighton is they’re missing their best player right now," Lewis said. "When they get him back, it’s going to change who they are a little bit."
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