Logan forced into play-in game after losing to Bonneville

LOGAN— The Logan boy’s basketball team is still alive – barely.

Despite being outscored 20-8 in the fourth quarter and blowing a 10-point lead with a shot at the state playoffs on the line, the Grizzlies will live to play another day. That day is today in fact, as they host region-rival Box Elder in a win or go home game at 7 p.m.

Thursday’s game comes on the heals of Logan’s 64-62 head-scratching home loss to Bonneville. The Lakers scored on a breakaway layup as time expired, which snapped a 10-game losing streak for Bonneville and gave the Lakers their first region win of the season.

Heading into the game, Logan was tied in the Region 5 standings with Box Elder and valley-rival Sky View, as the three battled for the final two playoff spots. The Bobcats routed Roy to secure the third seed, but Mountain Crest defeated the Bees in overtime to leave Logan and Box Elder in a tie for the fourth and final spot. The winner of that game will host Provo Friday for the third game in as many nights and the chance to play Orem in the opening round of the 4A State Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 11:10 a.m.

Tyler Brimhall led Logan with 19 points, while senior Luke Falk added 13 for the Grizzlies. Roy had four players reach double figures, as Dakota Buckway hit six 3-pointers for 18 points, Sealune Erskin tallied 17, and Carson Smith and Mason Rich scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

It was Rich’s final two points that won the game for Bonneville after Logan missed a shot with just seconds remaining and Rich scored on a layup at the buzzer.

After a slow start, Logan built a 33-25 lead by halftime, and increased that lead to 54-44 heading into the final quarter. Logan continued to extend the lead, but Bonneville used a big run during the final quarter, including a tying 3-pointer by Buckway with less than a minute remaining, that set up the stunning finish.

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