OGDEN -- As a quarterback, Kyle Zundel knows the feeling of throwing the game-winning touchdown pass or running for a game-winning score.
On Friday, Zundel dropped in the game-winning layup with 8.1 seconds remaining and when Sterling Brandley's deep 3-pointer with 5.0 seconds left rimmed out, Da Bears beat league runner-up Ben Lomond 53-52 in their Region 11 opener.
"We set a double screen at the top of the key and (Kody) King passed me the ball," said the 18-year-old Zundel. "We had it drawn up for me to drop down to the low block. We knew they would jump out on Bubba (Wade Miller), who is money from the 3-point line.
"Football is still more exciting, but hitting the game-winner is exciting too and as good as it gets," he said. "It's nice to win our region opener on the road."
The Scots took their only lead, 52-51, on Sage Eastburn's soft shot deep in the paint at 26.1 seconds.
Ben Lomond took its final timeout with 23.9 seconds remaining. After inbounding the ball in backcourt, Bear River called a timeout at 9.7 seconds.
The two teams combined for 45 fourth-quarter points, with Da Bears grabbing a 10-point lead with 4:07 remaining. The Scots answered with a 15-5 run.
"On the last play, we were in the right defense," said Ben Lomond coach Ryan Wilcox. "Everybody fell down at the top of the key, Zundel came free and hit a big shot."
Wade Miller, who came in as the No. 3 scorer in the state 3-A ranks averaging 22.71 points per game, scored a team-high 20 on just 9-of-20 shooting.
He went 2 of 9 on 3-point attempts with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Austin Miller was 5 of 8 from the floor for 11 points. He had six boards and two assists for Bear River (6-3 overall, 1-0 league), which shot 45.8 percent (22 of 48) -- 18.8 percent (3 of 16) from downtown -- and committed 14 turnovers.
Zundel, a senior power forward/center, tossed in eight points on 3-of-4 shooting with six rebounds, three assists and one steal for Da Bears, who snapped a three-game skid after a 5-0 start.
Josh Hardin scored a season-high 25 points with three 3s and grabbed seven rebounds for Ben Lomond (4-6, 1-1), which is 2-5 in its last seven games.
Eastburn had 15 points and nine boards and Brandley finished with five points and nine assists for the Scots, who committed 11 turnovers.
In the other league game, Grantsville topped Tooele at home, 59-48.