Bend High stressed it all year. The Lava Bears talked about it after a 16-point win this past Friday. It was emphasized in practiced, and Bend forward Connor Scott could sense the eagerness to hit the floor and shut down a high-scoring Summit team.
“Extra energy,” Scott said. “We were ready to go today.”
The Lava Bears did just that on Tuesday night, limiting the host Storm to a season low in points in the Bears’ 55-32 Class 5A Intermountain Conference boys basketball win.
“Some days we look really good, and some days we don’t,” Bend High coach Scott Baker said. “But tonight, the boys brought their defensive game and did an outstanding job against a very good Summit team.”
The Storm entered Tuesday’s contest at Summit High averaging nearly 59 points per game, but Bend used its length and quickness to deny the home team scoring opportunities in the lane en route to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter. The Bears (4-0 IMC, 11-5 overall) held the Storm scoreless for nearly four minutes in the second quarter, and then for another three minutes to grab a 24-10 halftime advantage.
“The frustration was that we were getting shots that we like to get in our offense that we typically make,” Summit coach Jon Frazier said. “And when things start to snowball, and we miss seven, eight, nine shots in a row, it can be deflating.”
Early in the fourth quarter, the Storm (2-3, 9-8) narrowed the deficit to 44-32.
But Bend answered and closed the game with 11 straight points to secure its eighth consecutive win.
“We got it down to a really manageable number,” said Frazier, whose team has dropped 10 games to Bend in the last 11 tries. “The problem is, when you get down that much, you don’t have much wiggle room. Having our leading scorer (Nick Moyer) foul out with six minutes to go, I think that did take the wind out of our sails a little bit.”
Jacob Parsons paced the Lava Bears with 12 points to go along with four rebounds, and Wyatt Beaumarchais chipped in with 11 points and four assists. Scott totaled 10 points and seven boards, and J.J. Spitler contributed 10 points.
For the Storm, Moyer carried the load with a game-high 16 points before fouling out, while Cameron McCormick posted four points to go along with 11 rebounds and three blocks.
After opening the season 3-5, the Lava Bears have strung together eight straight wins to move atop the IMC standings.
“From the beginning, we knew we were going to play well eventually,” Scott said. “We lost some close ones in the beginning of the year, so we knew we were going to get on a roll. It feels really good to finally start clicking at this point in the season.
“But everybody’s going to play well,” he continued. “We’ve just got to come out and play hard every single game. From here on out, it’s not going to be easy to keep this flow going.”
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