OGDEN -- A 16-9 third quarter helped lift Morgan over Ogden as the Trojans escaped Phil Russell Court with a 64-47 win on Wednesday night to open Region 11 action.
Before the game, administrators, student body officials and team captains from both schools met at center court for a moment of silence to remember Emilie Parker, one of the young students killed at the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School who will be laid to rest in Ogden this weekend.
Morgan (7-2) jumped out earlier on the back of senior forward Jake Miles who knocked down two first-half 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points. He was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
"I thought our defense on Spencer (Smith) was good tonight," Morgan coach Jim Wiscombe said of stopping Ogden's biggest offensive threat. "We were able to get in front of a lot of his shots and disrupt him."
It didn't take long for Ogden (2-5) to answer back as senior center Larry Rodriguez brought down five offensive boards and scored six points in the second quarter, helping the Tigers cut the Morgan lead to 25-23 at the break.
Senior guard McKay Smith led Ogden's offense with 16 points including a trio of 3-pointers while brother, Spencer, chipped in 15.
"We got careless with the ball which led to a couple turnovers," Wiscombe said. "I have to hand it to them because they were putting pressure on us to get those turnovers."
Morgan's depth came into play in the third quarter as fresh substitutes kept Ogden's offense at bay while scoring on the other end.
Junior forward Ben Saunders (seven points) led a Morgan bench effort that scored 16 on the night.
"I think we wore them down," Wiscombe said. "I think we played a lot more kids then they did and it tired them out."
Sophomore guard Bridger Streadbeck also hit double digits for the Trojans with 10 points and five boards.
* BEN LOMOND 62, TOOELE 47: At Tooele, the Scots' Big Three delivered on a nice road victory.
Sterling Brandley scored 18 points with 10 assists, Sage Eastburn matched it with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Josh Hardin played an all-around game with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
The Scots jumped out to a 27-18 lead at the break and held the Buffaloes at bay.
Justin Pollman scored 14 to lead Tooele. In the other league game, Grantsville topped Stansbury 46-35.
* COPPER HILLS 55, FREMONT 35: At Plain City, the Silver Wolves managed just 15 points after halftime. Porter Hawkins and Darius combined for 31 points, as Copper Hills.
Austin Johnson scored 13 points, while Spencer Jones added eight points for Fremont.
* SYRACUSE 45, WEST JORDAN 44: At Syracuse, the Titans won another nailbiter.
With the game tied late, Syracuse earned a trip to the line. Michael Phelps drilled the first free-throw with 1.1 seconds remaining and intentionally missed the ensuing try to give the Titans the down-to-the-wire win.
Spencer Nisson had a game-high 17 points for the Jaguars.
Daulton Whatcott and Josh Herfel scored eight points each for Syracuse. Phelps added seven points.
* LAYTON 71, BINGHAM 55: At South Jordan, the Lancers busted open a close game with a 38-25 edge after halftime.
Jarriesse Blackmon (24 points) and Mike Hibbert (22 points) led the way for Layton. Marcus Kemp added 10 points.
The Lancer helped their cause with a 22 of 28 mark at the foul line.
* WEBER 62, JUDGE MEMORIAL 45: In the Tip Off Classic at Pleasant View, the visiting Bulldogs ripped the nets for 10 3-pointers, while the Warriors managed just one. But Weber controlled the contest from start to finish and improved to 6-0 on the season.
Austin Schenck scored 28 points, and Garrett Beckey added nine points and 10 boards to power Weber. Jordan Jones added eight points.
The Warriors led 20-11 after the first break, and finished the game with a 17-11 edge in the final quarter.
Joe Cremer led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
* DAVIS 61, COPPER HILLS 40: At Kaysville, the Darts rode a pair of double-doubles to an impressive non-league win. Davis led 25-16 at the break. They also shot 22 of 26 at the foul line.
Jessica Richardson led the Darts with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Natalie Mecham added 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Morgan Hartvigsen added 15 points on three 3-pointers.
Savannah Sandberg scored 14 to lead Copper Hills.
* MURRAY 41, OGDEN 40: At Murray, the lead got away from the Tigers late and they lost on the road
Haley Lythgoe scored 13 points for Ogden, while Morgan Jones added 11 and Nikki Thompson scored eight points.
Ogden led 28-18 at halftime. The Tigers managed just two point in the final quarter.
The Spartans were led by Brittany Golder who scored 15 points.
* LAYTON CHRISTIN 63, PAHRUMP VALLEY 34: At Las Vegas, the Eagles opened their Las Vegas tournament in style with a high-scoring effort.
Teneisha Davison led LCA with 28 points, 15 rebounds, six blocks and five assists. Shayla Simpson added 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while Alyssa Atisme added 15 points and seven assists.