<strong>ROY—</strong> The Sky View boy’s basketball team lost for the third time in its last four games Wednesday night. After falling behind early, the Bobcats comeback effort fell just short as they lost to the Roy Royals, 71-67.
“I thought our guys played really hard. I thought we battled hard,” Sky View head coach Kirk Hillyard said.
Brekkott Chapman scored 15 points in the first quarter, including three 3-pointers, as the Royals jumped out to a 26-13 lead.
“We just gave up way too many shots early,” Hillyard said. “We didn’t do a good job of finding Chapman in that first quarter.”
In a battle of top college prospects, Jalen Moore scored a game high 29 points and helped the Bobcats cut the deficit to 35-31 at the half.
“We had a bit of momentum going into halftime,” Hillyard said. “We came out after and tied it up several times and it was a seesaw battle back and forth until we tied it up at 60.”
After that 60-60 tie, Roy went on a 6-0 run while Sky View missed several shots and Moore committed a turnover at the top of the key.
Despite shooting just 66.7 percent from the foul line, the Royals were able to make their free throws down the stretch to outlast the Bobcats.
“We’ve got to start stronger and play better defense. We can’t have quarters where we are giving up 20-plus points,” Hillyard said. “We’ve got to buckle down and find a way to shut some teams down.”
With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 2-3 in region play and 12-5 overall.
Sky View will be back in action at home against Bonneville on Friday, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.