Holladay • The Olympus and Bingham boys’ basketball teams delivered a performance that kept everyone on the edge of their seats from Tuesday’s opening tip to the final buzzer.
Olympus prevailed 52-51.
Boys’ basketball Olympus 52, Bingham 51
O Spencer Williams hits the game-winning 3-pointer, as the Titans rally for a win over the Miners.
"It’s only preseason, but it’s a great win," Olympus coach Matt Barnes said. "Bingham has a great program, a lot of good athletes over there, and it’s always a war when we play them."
The game began as a defensive struggle, with Bingham (4-4) leading 24-16 at the half.
The Miners’ Jordan Evans led all scorers with 23 points, and he was hot from the start. It was a different story for the Titans go-to duo of Alec Monson (22 points) and Jake Lindsey (19 points), both of whom started slowly.
"We didn’t shoot it real well, and they mixed it up on the defense and gave us a little bit of trouble," Barnes said about Bingham’s first-half defensive effort.
Monson and Lindsey took over once the second half began. The Titans (4-1) continuously chipped away at the Miners’ lead but struggled with their free throws, which kept them from pulling away.
"We’ve got to come out and be a little more assertive and aggressive," Barnes said. "I didn’t feel like we did that until we got down. [We] kind of hit panic mode and had to push it, but it’s a great win. They’re a great program."
Down by two with 17 seconds to play, Olympus looked to Monson and Lindsey, but they were well-defended. With seconds remaining, the ball was kicked out to a wide-open Spencer Williams, who calmly drilled a 3-pointer.
"It feels good," Williams said. "We set the play up going to Jordan or Al, and I just, I don’t know … I trust those guys. Al made the one before, so I was thinking we could get him open, but the ball came to me and I just stepped in and knocked it down."
"We’ve got plenty of work still to do and so forth, but I’m very proud of my kids," Barnes said.
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