Printed on: January 17, 2013

Trojans lock down, run away

By Michael Lycklama

RIGBY -- The first half of Wednesday's Bonneville-Rigby high school boys basketball game was fitting of a battle for first place in the 4A District 5-6 standings.

The second half belonged all to Rigby.

The defending state champions ran away from second-ranked Bonneville in the second half to claim a 61-43 victory on their home floor and a two-game lead in the loss column against the rest of the conference.

The teams entered halftime tied at 25. But Rigby asserted its will after halftime, outscoring Bonneville 13-3 in the third quarter and 36-18 in the half.

"It was just a solid effort by all five on the court containing the drive because they're great drivers," Rigby coach Justin Jones said of Bonneville. "But we were able to contain. Landon Larson did an amazing job on (Jared) Stutzman that second half."

Bonneville's Stutzman started the game on fire, scoring his team's first seven points on his way to a 20-point night that included four steals and three blocks. He had 15 points by halftime. But neither he nor the rest of the Bees could crack Rigby's second-half defense.

"We weren't running our sets in our offense like we were supposed to and they were really solid defensively," Bonneville coach Brian Broaddus said. "We've got some young kids that are still learning and I thought we forced a bit and took some contested, off-balance shots. And to be honest, we didn't go board real well."

Rigby forced plenty of those one-and-out possessions, outrebounding Bonneville 35-24. Senior forward Clayton Iglinski led the way once again, racking up 14 rebounds and 12 points for another double-double.

"We scouted him. We talked about that," Broaddus said. "We tried two or three different guys on him and said, 'He's just going to go rebound, rebound, rebound.' And we couldn't stop him."

Senior center JonRyheem Peoples led Rigby with 17 points while Tyrel Phillips added 12.

Rigby (8-5 overall, 5-0) hosts Hillcrest on Friday while Bonneville (11-2, 4-2) hosts Skyline the same night.