At the end of the first half Wednesday night, it appeared the Stansbury Stallions and Tooele Buffaloes were going to serve up a contested rivalry basketball game. Oh, how quickly things changed.

After a four-point lead at the end of the first half, the Stallions went on to win the game 57-43, leading by as much as 18 at one point in the fourth quarter. Stansbury had four players in double figures, including Stone Tia, who led all scorers with 13 points. Brek Bentley added 11, while Logan Stegelmeier and Kirby Harris added 10 each.

All game long, the Stallions didn’t make it easy for Tooele’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Justin Pollmann. Pollmann finished with only four points on one-of-eight shooting and fouled out in the fourth quarter. Pollmann averaged nearly 15 points a game coming into the rivalry matchup with the Stallions.

Stegelmeier played lights-out defensively for the Stallions, taking charges left and right and helping the Stallions force several turnovers.

With Pollmann struggling, the Buffaloes looked to Jack Memmott, who led the way with nine points for Tooele.

The Stallions improved to 6-5 on the season, while the Buffaloes lost their third game in a row to drop to 4-7. Stansbury travels to Ogden on Friday, while Tooele goes to Morgan.

CJ Pronk is a junior at Stansbury High School.