Bees play solid defense, best overall team effort of the season in two wins last week
Jeff Sever goes up for a shot in traffic while Daniel Didericksen (#33) gets in position to rebound in a game against Weber last week. Didericksen and Sever were both important to the win over the Warriors.
Third-quarter surges, combined with solid defense and rebounding, and the best overall team-effort of the season, resulted in wins for the Box Elder boys’ basketball team last week against Weber on Tuesday, 78-68, and against Syracuse on Friday, 60-57.
Daniel Didericksen recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds and 11 points for the Bees, and Jeff Sever had five points to accompany his seven rebounds as Box Elder pulled down 37 rebounds, 24 of which came on the defensive side of the floor.
Sever also contributed 10 points against Syracuse in a game where four Bees reached double-digits in scoring, and against an opponent that out-matched the bees in terms of size.
Head coach Jace McKee said the play of Didericksen and Sever in the wins was invaluable, and will continue to be.
“If we can get those two to play...the way they’re capable of playing, I think we’ll keep getting better and better as a team.”
Shad Watson led the team in scoring in both games, with a season- and game-high 33 points against Weber and 19 points against Syracuse.
Jarom Mecham contributed 11 points against Weber and Mecham and Darius McFarland both contributed 10 points against Syracuse. Didericksen put in nine against the Titans.
On Tuesday, the Bees’ solid defense helped spark a 13-3 run in the opening of the second quarter. The Bees were up by 12, 27-15, about midway through the period when Weber started dropping bombs from behind the arc.
“Defensively, we took a little break,” said McKee. “We got a little lead and then we relaxed.”
The Warriors hit five 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the half to go on a 19-4 run and take the lead into the locker room, 34-31.
McKee said his team knew they needed to come out “with energy and fight and set the tempo,” which is exactly what they did, making defensive stops on four consecutive Weber possessions.
Diderickson and Watson drained two buckets each and McFarland added a bucket and had a note-worthy assist to Didericksen as Box Elder opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run to reclaim the lead that they would never again give up.
“After that, I felt we controlled the game,” McKee said.
Tanner Hennessy hit a trey at the buzzer to give Box Elder an eight-point lead going into the final quarter, and hit another bucket off a great assist from Watson early in the fourth to help keep Weber from gaining any momentum for a come-back.
But it was Watson who really shined in the final frame, scoring 15 of his 33 points and pushing the Bees’ lead out to 19, 73-54.
The Bees put together another third quarter surge against Syracuse on Friday to propel them to their second-straight win.
The Bees were down by two headed into the half, 23-21, and the hole only deepened early in the third quarter.
McKee told his team, “This is not how we defend,” and they responded, making stop after stop to claim the lead.
“It started with us being a little more feisty on defense; a little more stingy,” McKee said.
The defensive success led to points and a 42-38 lead going into the final frame, which the Bees were able to hold onto for the win.
McKee said the win over Syracuse was highly impressive given the Bees’ disadvantage in size, and the commendable team-effort with four players scoring in double digits.
With the wins, the Bees improve their record to 3-2.
Box Elder has a busy schedule this week before heading into the Christmas break. They played at Clearfield on Tuesday (results not available by press time), will host Copper Hills tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 18, and will travel to play Olympus on Friday. The Bees will be back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 31, when they host Bear River.
USU football coach named Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year
Utah State University football coach Matt Wells was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year and 14 Aggies earned various All-Conference accolades. In all, USU had four offensive players, eight defensive players and two specialists recognized to rank as the second-most in the league behind Fresno State’s 15 honorees.
Wells is just the fifth coach in school history and second in as many years to earn conference Coach of the Year honors. Gary Andersen earned WAC Coach of the Year accolades in 2012. Wells is also just the fourth individual to earn Mountain West Coach of the Year honors in his first season, joining BYU’s Gary Crowton (2001), Utah’s Urban Meyer (2003) and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun (2007).
Utah State players to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors include linebacker Jake Doughty, center Tyler Larsen and cornerback Nevin Lawson. Linebacker Kyler Fackrell, defensive tackle B.J. Larsen, nose guard AJ Pataiali’i and linebacker Zach Vigil were all named to the second-team. Safety Maurice Alexander, running back Joey DeMartino, placekicker Nick Diaz, offensive lineman Jamie Markosian, punt returner Bruce Natson, offensive lineman Eric Schultz and safety Brian Suite earned honorable mention honors.
Utah State’s 14 total honorees rank fifth all-time in school history behind the 18 all-Big West Conference picks in 1997, the 17 all-Western Athletic Conference picks in 2012, the 16 all-Big West selections in 1996, and the 15 all-Pacific Coast Athletic Association picks in 1978.
Ice fishing class coming
Brigham City Community Activities and Services and the Utah Department of Natural Resources are working together to offer an Ice Fishing Class at Mantua Reservoir this winter.
The classes, for anyone 10 years and older, will be held Saturday mornings from 9-11 a.m. on January 11 and 18 and February 8 and 15. The cost for the class is $10 per person. Poles will be provided if needed.
Register online at www.brighamcity.utah.gov or in person at Brigham City Recreation, 641 East 200 North, Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Friday, 8 a.m.-noon.
For more information call the recreation office at 435-734-6610 or James Abbott with the DNR at 435-237-7627.
Nat closing for renovations
The Box Elder Natatorium will be closed for renovation and construction from Dec. 21, 2013 through Jan. 1, 2014.
This is the first phase of a project to renovate and remodel the natatorium. The second phase will begin in March of 2014.
The Box Elder School District allocated between $1.6-$2 million for each for the district’s two natatoriums at Bear River and Box Elder High School. The project at Bear River, which included the removal of asbestos and the construction of new locker rooms, was completed earlier this year.
Swimming lessons at the nat
The Box Elder Natatorium will host its winter session swimming lessons on Saturday mornings from Jan. 18-March 15.
Classes will run from 9-9:45 a.m. There will be no class on Feb. 15. All Red Cross levels are available and all classes are taught by certified Red Cross instructors. The cost to sign-up is $35 with a non-refundable $15 minimum deposit.
For more information, call the natatorium at 734-4852. To register, visit the natatorium at 160 South 600 West.
Tremonton rec to host volleyball league
Tremonton Recreation will accept registrations for its Women’s Volleyball League until Thursday, Jan. 9. The cost to register is $180 per team. Individual registrations are available. Games will be played on Monday nights starting Jan 13.
Register at the Tremonton City Office, 102 South Tremont Street, or online at www.tremontoncity.com/adult-sports to download a mail in registration flyer.