"I thought we got out and got some easy buckets, which is something we haven't had in our last few games," Hug coach Charles Walker said. "Our defense created our transition offense."
Spanish Springs senior Ryan Swanson knocked down a jumper that got the Cougars within three, 11-8, with two minutes to go in the first quarter. Unfortunately for SSHS fans, that game turned ugly from there.
Hug reeled off 15 of the next 17 points in a three-and-a-half minute stretch that bridged the first and second periods. Hawks guard Andrew Johnson capped the outburst with a runner that gave the HHS crew a 26-10 advantage with 5:50 to go before halftime.
"We can't say we played badly. That's who we are," Spanish Springs coach Kyle Penney said. "We don't really execute a gameplan. We are inexperienced in court time and that's all coming to fruition. That shows."
Spanish Springs was never within single digits again and Hug didn't slow down. A layup by Hug's Devyn Smith-Thompson forged the Hawks ahead 38-15 with just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter. The 23-point margin was the widest of the first half.
The scoreboard read 40-20 at the intermission.
"I was impressed with the way we came out, but we still need to work on our turnovers," Walker said. "We need to treat every possession with importance."
With 1:39 left in the third period, Johnson dropped a 3-point bomb that gave Hug a 30-point lead for the first time, 58-38.
Johnson finished with a game-high 23 points and led four Hawks in double figures. Hug also got 20 points from Sam Williams, 14 points from Robin Dhatt and 10 from Jaevis Johnson.
Trailing 63-33 early n the fourth, Spanish springs strung together a 13-2 spurt of its own. Freshman Jake Longero concluded the run with a trey at the 4:28 mark of the fourth. That trimmed the Hug lead to 65-46, but the hosts responded and closed the game on a 12-2 run, accounting for the final 29-point margin.
"I feel like if I were a basketball fan in Reno and I just wanted to go watch Spanish Springs boys play basketball, I'd watch and think we weren't coached," Penney said. "We had four good days of practice. we played five on seven because we knew how good Hug was. And we broke the pressure and executed offense. So that's frustrating."
Swanson contributed 10 points for the Cougars but he was the lone SSHS player to hit for double figures in the scoring column.
Spanish Springs, which has now lost three straight games and seven of its last nine, sits at 7-11 overall and 4-5 in conference clashes.
Spanish Springs meets Reed today at home at 5 p.m.