Big wins put Bruins back on track

By Thomas E. Watson
Enterprise Staff Writer

 

The Gardiner boys basketball team went in to Lone Peak on Friday and left with an impressive win, then turned in an even bigger win at home against Harrison on Saturday.

With a 56-47 win over the Big Horns followed by a 72-36 against the Wildcats, Gardiner made strides in District 11-12C.

“Our boys had a good weekend,” head coach Wendy Thomas said. “It was a big weekend for us as far as the conference standing went. We played well at times against Lone Peak, but we were frustrated with our roller coaster intensity level.”

The Bruins opened the game in Lone Peak with a high level of that intensity thanks to a huge offensive output from Jerry Hurst.

Hurst finished the game with 23 points, and Gardiner finished the first quarter with a six-point lead. Their high energy to start the game soon dissipated, however, and Lone Peak played even with the Bruins for most of the rest of the game.

“We came into Saturday knowing we had to improve that intensity level, and put 32 minutes of intense basketball on the floor,” said Thomas. “We also knew we needed to do a better job of running our offenses and getting ball touches for every player on the team. We have 12 boys on the team capable of handling the ball and the more we share it, the harder we will be to contain.”

The Bruins took that message to heart, and after a good start to the game resulted in a three-point lead, Gardiner went on a 23-3 run to end the first half with a 39-16 advantage and no letdown.

Four Bruins finished the Harrison game with double-figure scoring stats. Bryson Stermitz led the team with 15 points, while Hurst had 12 points, Sean Rehmer scored 11 and Ian McIntosh finished with 10 points.

All the Bruins got involved. Wyatt Phillips scored seven points, Cayden Rose finished with five, both Jacob Perius and Baxter Furmann had four points, and Clancy Thomas rounded out the scoring with two points.

“I was super happy on Saturday with the number of boys scoring and how the stats were even across the board,” Thomas said. “It is difficult to even mention much in the way of stats because they are so even. No one player really stands out, but they all look great. Jerry Hurst came in very focused this weekend and did a great job leading and communicating on the floor.”

Rose also had 10 points in Friday’s win over Lone Peak. Stermitz and Rehmer both added eight points to Friday’s win, while Phillips and McIntosh scored three points.

“It is an exciting, fun group to coach,” added Thomas. “We need to continue to improve over the next couple of weeks and I am excited to see where we can go.”

 

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Thomas Watson may be reached at twatson@livent.net.