South Summit boys’ basketball closes 2015 with tough loss |

South Summit boys’ basketball closes 2015 with tough loss

Due to the Utah High School Activities Association’s region realignment last year, the South Summit High School boys’ basketball team is no longer in the same region as 2A powerhouse Manti. But in looking to play a tough non-region schedule, the Wildcats scheduled Manti for an away game on Dec. 30.

The former Region 16 rivals battled in the first half, with Manti taking a 32-26 lead into the intermission. In the third quarter, however, the Wildcats struggled, allowing their opponents to outscore them 19-9 en route to a 66-47 loss to end their 2015 schedule.

Senior Mason Gines led the way for South Summit, scoring 18 points. Jason McNeil was the only other Wildcat in double figures, scoring 11 points. Kaden Atkinson and Nick Beasley each scored five points, Brandon Dansie and Jackson Lashee each added three and Ivon Garcia chipped in with two points.

Manti was led by Thomas McFarlane and Tanner LeFevre with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

South Summit fell to 5-6 with the loss. The Wildcats host Bear River on Friday night before beginning region play with a home game against Providence Hall on Jan. 13.

Both games — against Bear River and Providence Hall — are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at South Summit High School.

— Adam Spencer, The Park Record

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