PHS Boys Basketball Season Review: “Perform”

By Brigham Flint
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After a game against Bear River, Payson’s boys basketball season came to an end this past month. Despite the season-ending loss, it has still been a successful season for head coach Dan Lunt and the roaring Lions.

            Payson’s team had a rough start to their season, struggling to a 1-6 record. After a team meeting with only the players, the Lions decided what they needed to change. Before each game, they began chanting the phrase “Perform”, with each letter standing for something that would help them win. They were able to fight back from the early season slump to make the playoffs. They dominated in region play, defeating teams by as much as 50 points, and posting an 8-2 record. Their only losses here came against Spanish Fork.

            On February 15, the team hosted the Bear River Bears in the first round of the playoffs. The Bears pulled to a lead in the first quarter, and were able to hold out until the end to win 67-60. Daniel Reno, this year’s leading scorer, led the team with 26 points. Kaleb Wright added 18 more in the loss.

"One of our keys coming into the game was handling pressure and that’s where the game was decided," Coach Lunt told the Deseret News following the game.

            This marked the final high school game for Wright, as well as fellow senior Jacob Humphreys. Both have made valuable contributions to the team throughout the season.

            “I played my best for my team and school and tried to represent Payson well,” said Wright.