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North Sanpete Hawks fall hard at Bear River Classic, losing to all four opponents

Senior Justice Green defends the perimeter in North Sanpete’s game against Delta. The Hawks lost big against the Rabbits, 66-43. - Matt Harris / Messenger photo
Senior Justice Green defends the perimeter in North Sanpete’s game against Delta. The Hawks lost big against the Rabbits, 66-43. – Matt Harris / Messenger photo

 

 

North Sanpete Hawks fall hard at Bear River Classic, losing to all four opponents

 

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

12-8-2016

 

 

MT. PLEASANT—It’s been a struggle for the North Sanpete boys basketball team so far.

The Hawks were consistently outplayed at the Bear River Winter Classic and lost every game, now owning a four-game losing streak to start the season. North Sanpete has only one win since last December.

“We’re just figuring out who we are,” head coach Cris Hoopes said.

The lone bright spot so far for the Hawks seems to be sophomore guard Shawn Taylor, who has led the team in scoring this season so far with an average 11.5 points per game.

“We have a balanced effort in scoring,” Hoopes said, “but Taylor’s been the most consistent for us.”

The Hawks began the season on the wrong foot with a 23-point loss to rival Delta, 66-43. Taylor led the team with nine points, but no one could manage much offensive production for North Sanpete. The taller and longer Rabbits outplayed the Hawks in every quarter.

The loss was a bad note to play going into the Winter Classic in Garland. North Sanpete dropped games against Snow Canyon, Bear River, and South Summit by scores of 56-45, 68-46 and 61-51, respectively.

Taylor scored in double digits in every game, and in the game against Bear River, had a solid sidekick in junior Spencer Steadman, who led the team in scoring with 14 points.

“We just have to continue to get better,” Hoopes said. “I think if we can get better, the wins will come soon.”

The Hawks played winless Union yesterday (score unavailable) before they play their second rivalry game against Manti tomorrow at 7 p.m.