<strong>LOGAN—</strong> One night after blowing a big fourth quarter lead that nearly cost the Grizzlies a shot at the 4A State Tournament, the Logan boy’s basketball team almost had a repeat performance. Instead, the Grizzlies held on to beat Box Elder, 66-63.
Leading 42-27 at the half, Logan allowed the Bees to embark on a 17-0 run during the third quarter and get right back into the game, pulling to within three before heading into the final quarter down by six. Box Elder continued to chip away, knotting things up at 61 with less than a minute to play.
Following the tie, however, Tyler Brimhall (12 points) connected on his fourth 3-pointer of the night to put Logan right back on top by three. Box Elder’s Shad Watson – one of the leading scorers in 4A – answered right back with a layup, but the Bees would get no closer.
Watson, who finished with 13 points, had a chance at the free throw line with less than 10 seconds to play, but he missed the front end of the one-and-one. Grizzly senior Luke Falk was eventually fouled and put Logan up by three as they held on for the win. Falk finished with 10 points, while Jordan Larsen led the Grizzlies with 18 and Jaxton Andersen scored 12.
Not indicative of the frantic finish, Logan looked like it was going to run away with things early. After opening up a slight 19-16 advantage by the end of the first quarter, the Grizzlies used a 12-2 run late in the second quarter to really open things up.
For Box Elder, the Bee’s Tyler Bate scored a game-high 23 points, while Darius McFarland added 11 as he joined Bate and Watson in double figures.
With the win, Logan claims the fourth seed from Region 5 and keeps its postseason hopes alive. The Grizzlies must play Region 8’s five seed, Provo, in a play-in game, with the winner advancing to play Region 8’s top seed Orem in the first round of the state tournament.
It was announced Friday morning that the state play-in game will take place Friday night at 7 p.m. in Logan. Provo defeated Mountain View in a Region 8 play-in game Thursday night. Live game coverage can be heard on KVNU 610 AM/102.1 FM, <a href=”http://m.commotion.com/player/13F76E28-8D50-4626-B81C-9EA7871E1F8B_F6481908-7F78-47FD-82FF-1B98842C5204/” target=”_blank”>610kvnu.com</a> or on the KVNU mobile app.