BOYS BASKETBALL: Mordue’s 30 points lead Viewmont to comeback win at Syracuse; roundup

Tuesday , November 28, 2017 - 10:14 PM

CHAD PRITCHETT, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

SYRACUSE — Everyone in the building knew that Syracuse’s Brock Gilbert and Viewmont’s Josh Mordue would have the ball in their hands down the stretch.

Unfortunately for the Titans, Gilbert was disqualified with his fifth foul with 49 seconds to play and Syracuse up 63-59. Viewmont took advantage of Syracuse missing its primary ball handler with a flurry of defensive pressure that allowed it to stage a stunning 67-64 non-league win.

After knocking down 13 3-pointers in an opening game win over Clearfield, Viewmont was reeling from behind the arc late into Tuesday’s game, connecting on only 2 of 16 attempts.

That was all forgotten over a span of 23 seconds. Mordue hit a leaning 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to pull Viewmont to within 63-62, then Preston Pitt knocked down the dagger with 15.2 seconds to play, giving the Vikings a 65-63 advantage.

Syracuse had a chance to tie, but Jared Palmer’s first of two free throws in the waning seconds wouldn’t drop. Mordue then drained a pair of charity tosses to give him 30 points on the evening, while Rudy Casias’ desperation heave at the buzzer wasn’t close.

“It was definitely harder (than a 79-36 win over Clearfield last week) and I’m glad we stepped up,” Mordue said. “It was a good win.

“The whole game I wasn’t feeling it, but it was a great feeling to hit that shot. I don’t know how I did it, but it was great.”

After Gilbert dropped in a 3-pointer to open the scoring, the Vikings went on a 12-0 run to go up 12-3 midway through the first quarter. Syracuse upped its defense in the paint and then went on a 25-9 binge to take a 28-21 lead into the half.

The Titans pushed their lead to ten at 31-21 early in the third period, but couldn’t put Viewmont away as the Vikings kept crawling back.

Syracuse eventually took an eight-point lead at 59-51 with 1:30 left in the game and seemingly had the contest wrapped up, particularly with Gilbert still eligible, who was a perfect 13 of 13 from the foul line.

But a flurry of turnovers let Viewmont renew its hopes. The Vikings finished with 24 points off of 18 Titan turnovers.

“I love the pressure,” Mordue said. “Games like these, I just love to thrive. The best part of my game is how much I can be clutch.”

The 5-foot-8 Gilbert had a phenomenal game with 33 points – including four treys – 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Kingston Williams also scored nine for the Titans.

Spencer Gasser pounded Syracuse inside for 12 points, while teammate Spencer Mackay had seven points and nine boards.

DAVIS 48, ALTA 45

SANDY — Tyson Garff hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Davis to a road win at Alta.

Bredon Redford scored 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the win. Garff added 11 points and Josh Sanders totaled nine rebounds and three assists.

The game was tied 34-34 after three quarters.

MORGAN 59, OGDEN 42

OGDEN — Morgan took a 26-18 lead into the halftime break and cruised for a road win at Ogden.

Cade Russell led Morgan with a game-high 24 points while Trey Miles added 11.

Keon Berghout scored 17 for Ogden and Carson White netted 13.

WEST 60, BEN LOMOND 44

SALT LAKE CITY – Ben Lomond trailed 27-24 at halftime, but West ran away from the Scots in the second half.

Juan Espinoza and Sudan Puk each scored nine points for Ben Lomond.

BOX ELDER 72, MOUNTAIN CREST 41

BRIGHAM CITY — Box Elder held Mountain Crest to two second-quarter points on the way to a 40-12 halftime lead in the Bees’ win over the Mustangs.

Max Watson led all scorers, pouring in 28 points with four 3-pointers for Box Elder. Cameron Saunders added 14, also with four treys.

LONE PEAK 72, LAYTON 62

LAYTON — Lone Peak turned a 30-28 halftime lead into a 55-45 advantage after three quarters on the way to the road win at Layton.

Collin Jeppson led Layton with 28 points, while Chase Potter scored 15 and Truman Brown added 13 with three treys.

BINGHAM 70, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 46

SOUTH JORDAN — Layton Christian couldn’t overcome a four-point first quarter in a loss at Bingham.

Sano Gasana scored a game-high 21 points for LCA, while Jesus Tomasi added six.

Spencer Tueller scored 17 points with five 5 3-pointers to lead Bingham, who hit 11 3-pointers as a team.

WOODS CROSS 62, SKYLINE 47

WOODS CROSS – Woods Cross outscored Skyline 36-18 in the second half on the way to victory.

Dax Gorringe and Mason Cowley each had 15 points to lead Woods Cross.

CLEARFIELD 58, HILLCREST 54

MIDVALE — Clearfield outscored Hillcrest 17-11 in the fourth quarter to turn a two-point deficit into a four-point victory.

Carter Buchi scored a game-high 16 points with three 3-pointers to lead Clearfield. Solomon Lealao added nine points and Devon Poll scored eight.

Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.

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