Somebody forgot to tell the Brighton Bengals to cool down.
Playing in their first game since the Mission Prep Christmas Classic in sunny California, the Bengals came out hot in the first quarter Wednesday night and cruised to a 69-50 win over Bingham. The Miners entered the game hot themselves, but future University of Utah player Brandon Miller extinguished those flames early. He led the Brighton charge with 29 points, 22 of which came in the first half.
"Before the game we talked about coming out and really being confident in our first couple shots and knocking them in," Miller said. "It wasn't just me. We all came out and just hit our shots."
In the first quarter alone, the Bengals connected on six 3-pointers as they used a 15-0 run to break the contest open. After the first eight minutes of play they led 29-12, with Miller having scored 12 by himself. Though Brighton cooled off a bit in the second quarter, the Bengals still outscored Bingham 16-12 in the frame to take a 45-24 edge into the break.
"I thought a big key in the first half was we shared the ball," said Brighton head coach Jeff Gardner. "Brandon had the big half, but it was a team effort, too. Everyone contributed and made big plays."
For a team that lost three of its last five games in December, Brighton secured a solid win over a Miners squad which Gardner felt was one of the hottest in the state coming in.
Bingham had won all four of its games at the San Diego Holiday Classic last week . Miller pointed to toughness as the reason the Bengals were able to maintain their big lead throughout the game.
"Playing a good team like Bingham, a hard-nosed, gritty team like that, it's not always easy to keep big leads," Miller said. "I thought we did a great job hunkering down on defense and really just being tough and getting good shots on offense."
Jordan Evans led Bingham with 12 points, while Brandon Morley had 11. Bryce Callahan added 12 for Brighton.