Tuesday , January 09, 2018 - 10:37 PM
LAYTON — Conner Hill was not the leading scorer for Layton on Tuesday evening against Weber. He wasn’t second, third, fourth or even fifth. He didn’t hit double figures, either. Every one of his Layton teammates that put points on the board had more than he did.
Factor in Weber’s players and Hill was tenth on the scoring list with seven points. But all seven points came in crunch time when Weber was making a spirited comeback effort.
Layton gave up most of a double-digit lead before making crucial free throws down the stretch, holding off the Warriors 65-60 in Region 1 action.
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Weber (6-5, 0-2 Region 1) had closed a 13-point deficit to 45-44 with a 12-0 run over the end of the third quarter and into the fourth when Hill hit a 3-pointer with 7:29 left.
The Warriors wouldn’t go away and edged to 54-53 on a 3-pointer by Kobe Furqueron with 4:31 remaining.
Hill nailed his second three just moments later and made a free throw with 12.2 ticks left to give the Lancers a 63-60 lead.
“I was just open and was shooting with confidence. I feel like I’m always ready to shoot,” Hill said. “When I have open shots I’m going to take them. I knew we needed a bucket so I was going to do what’s best for the team.”
After Hill’s second trey gave Layton a 57-53 lead, the Lancers (8-3, 2-0) finished the game with eight free throws and 22 of 29 overall that was just enough to nip the Warriors, who went only 12 of 22 from the stripe.
“We got just enough rebounds and made just enough foul shots to hold them off. It’s something the guys take a lot of pride in, being able to make those,” Layton coach Kelby Miller said. “(Weber) did a very good job of hustling to 50-50 balls and balls that were tipped, and got some second chances.”
The Warriors exhausted their timeouts crawling back into the game and could have used one to set up a 3-pointer after Hill’s free throw, while Layton still had five timeouts at the end.
“There is some strategy behind it. I don’t always want to give the other team an opportunity to set up a play,” Miller said. “I want my guys to be able to play through those situations and they know that a timeout is not always going to come to bail them out.”
Brooks Kokkola and Collin Jeppson led a balanced Lancer attack with 14 points each. Skyler Turner added 12, including 8 of 10 from the free-throw line, and Caleb Cluff came off the bench to net 10.
Weber was paced by 18 from Brandon Capener, including a trio of threes. Furqueron checked in with 16 with four baskets from beyond the arc.
“We’ve had a couple of times this year where we had double digit leads and let teams creep back,” Miller said. “It’s still January and we haven’t played a full 32 minutes yet. It shows the character of this team that we’re winning and not playing our best basketball right now.”
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