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Haslem sparks Springville to road win at Provo

By Darnell Dickson - | Jan 31, 2023

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Springville's Nate Visentin (center) powers through the defense of Provo's Kyle Larsen (right) and Dallin McCune during a Region 9 boys basketball game on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

When Springville needed to close out a tight game with Provo, head coach Justin Snell turned to senior Chase Haslem.

He delivered.

Haslem scored all 15 of his points in the second half, including seven in a key stretch of the fourth quarter as the Red Devils puled away for a 64-51 Region 9 victory on Tuesday.

“Provo made a great defensive adjustment and we struggled with it, but ultimately it came down to us having to rely on a senior in Chase Haslem,” Springville coach Justin Snell said. “He finished the game for us. I just kept putting him in a situation where they had to close out on him and he’s got a great one-dribble pull-up. We trust him to make the right decision.”

Springville (4-1 Region 9, 13-5 overall), which lost it’s first region game in an upset to Maple Mountain last week, led Provo 31-20 at halftime and maintained a 10-point lead, 41-31, late in the third quarter. But the Bulldogs rallied with a 10-0 run, with seven points from Aaron Castegnetto, to tie the game at 41 at the 7:17 mark of the fourth quarter.

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Springville's Chase Haslem shoots a 3-pointer in a Region 9 boys basketball game at Provo on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

With 6:09 to play, Dallin McCune drained a 3-pointer to give Provo its first lead since the first quarter at 46-45. The Bulldogs led 47-45 with 5:40 remaining when Haslem took over. First he tossed in a corner 3-pointer, then fed Nate Visentin for a layup. After Mason Hansen converted a pair of free throws, Haslem made back-to-back jumpers for a 56-48 Red Devils lead with 1:55 to play. Hansen made 5 of 6 from the foul line in the final minute to help Springville close out the win.

The loss to Maple Mountain was still fresh in the minds of Red Devils.

“Kenny (Hardy) has done a fantastic job at Provo and deserves a ton of credit,” Snell said. “The talk all week was ‘If you’re letting down because you got beat by a rival, you’re also going to get beat by the next team.’ We added and tweaked some things coming into this game knowing that might help their focus in being present in this game.”

Provo made three 3-pointers in the first quarter but Springville fed the ball inside to the 6-6 Visentin and 6-9 Jamyn Sondrup, who combined for 10 points early. Hansen dropped in a 3-pointer and scored on rebound to give Springville a 15-12 lead after one.

The Bulldogs offense struggled in the second quarter and the Red Devils closed on a 10-2 run, bolstered by another Hansen triple. The freshman took advantage of Provo turnover and scored a late layup to give Springville a 31-20 lead at halftime.

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The Provo student section does a cheer during a Region 9 boys basketball game against Springville on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

Hansen led Springville with 19 points, Haslem had 15 and Visentin added 14.

Whenever Springville needed an offensive boost, Haslem was there with his deadly pull-up jumper.

“Chase has freedom to play,” Snell said. “In the strategy of the game, it gets easy for me because Chase has put in a ton of time, so I know I can give him the ball. When there’s a close out, he’ll make a decision and you have to live with it because he’s earned that right. We were running some sets for our bigs early, then we just ran plays off that for Chase.”

The Red Devils will host Spanish Fork in another Region 9 game on Friday.

Castagnetto paced Provo (1-4, 9-8) with 17 points, 14 in the second half. The Bulldogs will travel to Maple Mountain on Friday.

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Springville's Mason Hansen (center) goes up for a layup against Provo in a Region 9 boys basketball game on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.


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