Hawks surprise Wasps in 47-45 win, clinched with last-second layup
NEPHI—The sweet taste of victory was even sweeter last week as the Hawks took down rival Juab in an upset win.
A game that was neck-and-neck from start to finish ended with sophomore Shawn Taylor making the biggest two points of the North Sanpete boys basketball season right at the end to seal a 47-45 victory against the Wasps, much to the satisfaction of head coach Cris Hoopes.
“I was really pleased with the fact that our kids kept with what we are doing,” Hoopes said. “I was pleased with the resilience they showed, and we just got enough good breaks to win to get the win.”
Resilience was key in a gripping region rivalry that went into the fourth quarter tied 30-30. The game started slowly on offense as both teams struggled to score. At halftime, it was Juab who had the edge in a sluggish half, 17-15. The tale of two halves flipped the script for both teams right out of the gate in the second half, as North Sanpete led the offensive retaliation by outscoring the Wasps, 32-28.
Taylor’s heroic last-second layup may have stolen the show, but it was only two of a four-point night for the sophomore. Meanwhile, junior Spencer Steadman led all scorers with 19 points, far outpacing the rest.
North Sanpete proved more capable of hitting shots from the field but could never get rid of Juab due to a plethora of free-throw opportunities that the Wasps had. Luckily for the Hawks, Juab only sunk 15 of their 27 shots from the line, while the Hawks went 9-19.
“We’ve got to do a better job of not putting ourselves in that position,” Hoopes said. “I think it’s a necessary thing when teams are fighting hard. Had we made more of our own free throws, we may not have given them much of a chance.”
Although North Sanpete sports a miserable overall 4-12 record, this win puts them in a quality position in region standings at 2-1. The Hawks played last night at Canyon View and will be on the road against Carbon tomorrow night.