LAYTON -- Layton Christian had a sweetheart of a basketball game on Valentines Day as the Eagles easily overcame a shaky first quarter and flew by St. Joseph 68-26 on Tuesday evening in Region 17 action.
"We were all fired up and hyper early on," said Layton Christian assistant head coach Ed Thompson. "We were taking too many 3s, but once we got inside and settled down a bit we turned out OK."
"We played hard and had a good, patient game. Our goal is to play solid defense and we accomplished that tonight, giving up only 26 points," Thompson added.
In a game of runs, the Eagles broke it open with a 19-4 spurt in the second stanza and started the third quarter on a 12-0 blitz before totally dominating the fourth period 19-3 with the subs on the floor.
Quincy Mason scored seven straight points in the second quarter, while Remington Rawlings led the charge with nine points to open the second half.
"Our pressure got to them in the second quarter when we got our hands in the passing lanes and got deflections, which led them to miss shots so we could get out and run better," Thompson said. "In the locker room we talked about putting even more pressure on them because it can make or break you on how you start the second half. We got some steals and that helped push the score up."
Rawlings paced the Eagles (8-9 overall, 6-0 league) with 18 points, including two 3-pointers, and Mason finished with 11 counters. Victor Villegas netted nine points and 11 different players scored for Layton Christian.
Jordan Jones and David Donlevy combined for 17 of the Jayhawks' total, tallying nine and eight points, respectively.
St. Joseph fell to 6-12 overall, 3-4 in league action.
* MORGAN 71, STANSBURY 54: At Stansbury, the visiting Jayhawks wrapped up a perfect league slate with a strong third quarter of action.
Morgan led by six after one quarter, and by 11 at halftime. Jake Miles led the way with 17 points, including three 3-pointers.
Boston Saunders added 16 points, and Christian Wiscombe and Colby Skinner tallied 13 apiece. The Trojans (18-3 overall, 12-0 region) now host Spanish Fork or North Sanpete on Saturday evening in the opening round of the state 3-A playoffs.
The Trojans will be joined by Ben Lomond, Ogden and Bear River in the 3-A tournament.
Ryan Robbins scored 12 for the Stallions, while Kirby Harris added 11 points.