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North Summit basketball: Braves looking to bounce back

Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record

North Summit head coach Jerry Pace purposely arranged a tough preseason schedule so his Braves would get a taste of competitiveness.

But the formidable early-season schedule proved costly Wednesday night as the North Summit High School boys’ basketball team fell at home Wednesday night to the visiting 3A Ben Lomond Scots, 58-35. Pace said North Summit played an inspiring first quarter, entering the second tied at 13-13. But halfway through the second quarter, the Braves hit a wall they just couldn’t climb over.

"We only scored 11 points in the second and third quarters combined," he said. "We just didn’t play very well, and didn’t shoot very well at all."

North Summit had no scorers in double figures against the Scots. Senior guard Makay Fristrup led the Braves with nine points, followed by fellow seniors Jaxon Vernon (eight points) and Keegan McQueen (seven points).

Pace said Ben Lomond is a talented 3A team and that the Braves had a tough time keeping up with the Scots’ big men, led by Josh Hardin, who scored a game-high 17 points.

"They were a little quicker than I thought they’d be," Pace said. "Their big guys were very good; every player they had could put it on the floor."

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After falling to Park City 56-39 in the season opener on Nov. 22, the Braves now must wiggle out of a 0-2 start. Pace said he hopes his team can overlook the first two games of the season.

"You always hope to get better by playing good competition, but I hope we don’t get down," he said.

Asked what he’ll do to pump up his players for the upcoming 2A/3A Season Preview Tournament in Richfield this weekend, Pace was blunt.

"A lot of talking and a lot of working, I guess," he said. "Mentally, I have to get them to see past (the start)."

The Braves will get a shot at the South Sevier Rams Saturday night in Richfield.

"They’re the returning state champs and we’re excited to see what we can do against them," Pace said. "They’re solid. They have three pretty bona-fide players."

North Summit’s head coach said his players have had this game circled on their calendar since the schedule came out.

"(The Braves) have kind of looked forward to this challenge all year, but we won’t know what will happen until we dribble that ball," Pace said.