Wednesday , February 28, 2018 - 8:10 PM
SALT LAKE CITY — It was over before it could really get going. This was supposed to the year Box Elder could make a run, fielding a team loaded with talented seniors and coming off a successful region campaign.
Instead, the Bees (14-8) fell 79-54 to second-seeded Corner Canyon (14-10) in Wednesday’s 5A quarterfinals at the Huntsman Center.
Max Watson scored 25 points on 7 of 12 shooting, but the Bees’ offense misfired early and often, save for a couple of spurts sandwiched into Corner Canyon’s 57.7-percent shooting night.
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“We missed some shots early and just didn’t get any rhythm, they kept us from getting rhythm, so we gotta give them a ton of credit for that,” Bees head coach Jace McKee said.
When Box Elder found quick bursts of rhythm here and there, Corner Canyon got into better rhythm.
Box Elder took a 13-11 lead in the second quarter with a quick 6-0 run. The short burst appeared to give Box Elder the momentum it needed to get its offense flowing, but it didn’t.
Corner Canyon, though, went on a 16-1 run to close the half, punctuated by Hayden Welling’s jump shot at the buzzer.
The Chargers’ length wore out Box Elder on offense and forced the Bees into taking contested shots, at best, and swatted away several shots.
“I thought our kids defended (well) tonight,” Corner Canyon head coach Dan Lunt said. “The kids just executed and did an incredible job.”
They used their height advantage on offense too, going inside to frustrate Box Elder and force McKee to call multiple timeouts.
Box Elder had another short spurt at the start of the third quarter, but Corner Canyon wasn’t about to cede control of the game. Welling ended up wide open on a fastbreak and slammed down a two-handed dunk to electrify the Chargers’ crowd.
The lead then was 41-24, which ballooned to 53-30 at the start of the fourth quarter and put the game far beyond the Bees’ reach. No matter what Box Elder tried on defense, the Bees couldn’t get a stop and Corner Canyon couldn’t miss.
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