FILLMORE—The Hawks are looking like something special this year.
Despite their first loss, the North Sanpete boys’ basketball team claimed their seventh win of the season last week, pushing their record to 7-1 overall as the Hawks took down Carbon in a route at home, 58-41, last Wednesday, before falling just short in a high-scoring game against South Sevier, 72-67, last Friday. They then went on the road and claimed a win over Millard, 62-54, last Saturday.
Facing the excitement of the Hawks’ best start in over a decade, Coach Bill Pollock remained pragmatic.
“My expectation for them is that they focus on the race we are running and nothing more,” Pollock said. “I want them to focus on getting better each day, and prepare for the team that’s in front of them. I feel like that will give us the best chance of finding success as we move forward.”
The Hawks fought evenly with Carbon for three quarters as they slowly started to pull away in the third quarter, leading 37-32 going into the fourth. They then blew the Dinos out of the fourth quarter, 21-9, to secure victory.
Senior Tyrel Morley led all scorers in the game with 18 points, while senior Landon Bowles added 12 points, and junior Ty Allan added 10.
Against South Sevier, The Hawks shot the ball exceptionally well, over 50 percent from the field, but they could not keep the Rams off of the charity stripe, as they made a staggering 24 of 32 free throw attempts. The Rams also killed the Hawks from the arc, sinking ten 3-pointers despite an admirable eight 3’s from North Sanpete.
Bowles led the Hawks with 22 points, while Morley added 13.
The Hawks maintained a steady upper hand on a tough Millard team throughout the road contest. After Millard jumped out to a 6-0 lead off a few turnovers in the first quarter, North Sanpete responded with a 7-0 run to retake the lead and hardly looked back all game long, despite neither team ever getting a lead larger than eight points.
Morley led the Hawks with 13 points, while senior Andy Mower put in 10 points. This time, it was North Sanpete who benefitted on the free throw line as they made 17 of 30 attempts.
The Hawks will be on the road to take on Providence Hall this Wednesday before traveling to face Emery on Friday.