Hawks come from behind,
but can’t catch Spartans
By James Tilson
Feb. 8, 2018
MT. PLEASANT—With two games left in the regular season, the North Sanpete boys basketball team dropped a home game to the Emery Spartans last Wednesday, Jan. 31, 81-76.
Down by only one point at the end of the first quarter, 24-23, the Hawks tried to catch up to the Spartans several times throughout the game.
In the final quarter, North Sanpete outperformed Emery by six points, 31-25, yet it wasn’t enough for a win.
In addition, the Hawks could not get a crucial stop when they needed one. “Emery shot the ball very well during the whole game. We couldn’t make a run without them hitting a key shot,” according to Cris Hoopes, North Sanpete’s coach.
Emery had only four players score all 81 of their points, making 13 three-pointers.
The Hawks were led by Shawn Taylor with 20 points, including three threes. North Sanpete put in eight threes altogether.
With an identical 3-7 Region 15 record, yesterday’s game at Richfield is crucial (score unavailable). Both teams are fighting for the final spot in the Utah 3A playoffs, and the head-to-head record could determine that spot.
The Hawks’ regular season finale will once again be against Manti High School on Friday starting at 7 p.m.