Rough game for Grizzlies against Soaring Eagle
By Jason Turner sports writer 15 hrs ago (0)
Simply put, it wasnât the response head coach Logan Brown was hoping for after his Grizzlies lost to Bear River, 69-54, on the road last Friday.
Juan Diego took control by dominating the glass in the first quarter, and the Soaring Eagle shined in nearly facet of the game en route to a 68-46 victory over Logan in a Region 11 boys basketball tilt on Wednesday night at Grizzly Den.
âWe got our butts kicked by a really good team,â Brown said. âIâve got to give a lot of credit to Juan Diego, but weâve got to respond from this. This isnât a performance we want to have and represent Logan High the right way. … Weâve got to be able to be a little bit better at home and play on our toes, and not so much on our heels.â
Both teams were crisp offensively in the early going as the score was knotted up at 10-apiece midway through the first quarter. Thatâs when the red-hot Soaring Eagle, winners of 10 straight, asserted their will on the Grizzlies, and they did so with second-chance points.
Juan Diego outscored Logan 9-1 to end the quarter, and then started the second quarter on a 7-0 spurt. The Soaring Eagle (13-2, 3-0 Region 11) built on their double-digit lead the rest of the contest.
Jason Ricketts came off the bench and grabbed three of Juan Diegoâs six offensive rebounds in the opening quarter alone. The visitors turned those boards into 10 second-chance points.
âWeâve got to understand that when we get stops, weâve got to secure the board and value every possession,â Brown said. âTonight we got into being a little bit too loose with the ball and didnât value stops.â
Indeed, the Grizzlies (8-8, 1-2) were careless with the ball at times as they finished with 17 turnovers. Meanwhile, Juan Diego continually gave Loganâs defense fits by penetrating the paint and either kicking it out to open 3-point shooters, or finding its post players underneath the hoop for layups.
The visitors knocked down 4 of 5 shots from beyond the arc in the second quarter and were extremely efficient offensively in the middle two quarters. The Soaring Eagle, who have yet to lose to team from Utah this season, went a combined 15 of 21 from the field in the second and third quarters.
Logan would have trailed by even more than 12 points (40-28) at the break if it wasnât for a versatile offensive performance from Jared Bagley.
The junior buried all six of his shots in the first half, including a trio of treys, and finished with a game-best 21 points.
âJared was a bright spot,â Brown said. âI felt like he played on his toes and was aggressive, and he attacked. Weâve got to feed off that and get a few of our other guys to understand thatâs going to help us win if we all do that.â
Cody Brimhall was Loganâs second-leading scorer with seven. The Grizzlies, who were outscored in every quarter, were limited to 18 points in the second half.
Logan only had two of its shots blocked, but athletic forwards Steven Price and Ricketts altered or rushed a handful of others.
âThey definitely created a lot of doubt in us attacking the rim,â Brown said. âWeâve got to learn from that and get better the next time.â
Ricketts paced the Soaring Eagle with 16 points, while JD Ahlstrom and Eslliey Tan combined to drill six 3-balls and score 24 points.