LAYTON -- Mountain Crest had its long-distance aim dialed in on Friday evening.
Red hot from three-point range in the first half, the Mustangs were on target with eight bombs from beyond the arc and then rode a strong second stanza to defeat Layton 69-57 in a non-league joust.
"They shot a little better than they have been doing this year and it helps when you give them open looks; give them credit, they knocked them down when we got lost on some of our coverages," said Layton coach Kelby Miller.
Layton scored 24 points in the first quarter and only trailed by one at the break in spite of the three-point barrage, but lost sight of the Mustangs in the second half, tallying only five points in the third period.
"I had kind of a feeling tonight, that we were a little flat after the half," Miller said. "We had to be cautious of it because they got going a bit and it carried over into the fourth quarter."
The Mustangs took advantage of several turnovers in the fourth quarter to outscore Layton 25-16, many of those on breakaway layups after a steal.
"They're a good team and returned a lot of players from last year, " Miller added. "When you don't get shots at the basket, you can't expect to win."
Mike Hibbert led the Lancers with 17 points, including nine in the initial quarter, before getting in foul trouble in the second period, when Mountain Crest promptly went on an 11-2 run with him on the bench.
Scott Sweeten also chipped in double digits with 15 points off the bench, connecting on a trio of three-pointers.
* MORGAN 83, STANSBURY 52: At Morgan, even by Jake Miles' impressive standards, his performance against Stansbury on Friday night was downright amazing.
The 6-foot-2 Miles played a key role in Morgan's 21-3 third quarter run that led to the Trojans' 83-52 rout of the Stallions. How key was he in that stretch? Well, he scored every point for Morgan during the run. All 21. In a span of less than four minutes.
By the time Miles came out of the game with two minutes left to play in the third, he had 36 points and the Trojans were up by 32.
"Jake was lighting it up," Morgan coach Jim Wiscombe said. "The kids were getting steals and getting him the ball. We weren't trying to get it only to him, but he was the guy that was open."
Miles had 15 at halftime, but had blood on his jersey at the start of the second half and had to change from his usual No. 21 to a new jersey - No. 32. But that didn't slow him down at all. He hit six 3-pointers, went 8-for-9 from the line and it seemed that everything he put up went in the basket.
"We might have to change him to No. 32 permanently," Wiscombe joked. "He was better in that third quarter than he was in the first two quarters."
"I wouldn't be anything without my teammates," Miles said. "They were getting all those steals and I was able to get transition points. They trust me with shooting. It was like the basket got wider and wider with every shot. It was fun."
Every player who dressed got in the game for the Trojans and all but two put points on the board. Cameron Skinner finished with 10 points and Hunter Stanford added eight off the bench.
"We played a lot of guys and they were out there with a lot of energy and were having fun," Wiscombe said. "They were all getting after it on the defensive end."
"We like go get up and down the court and in my opinion that's the funnest way to play," Miles added. "A lot of teams that are bigger than us are going to outscore us in the paint, so we have to outscore them in transition."
Ryan Robbins and Stone Tia scored 11 apiece for the Stansbury.
* WOODS CROSS 62, BOX ELDER 48: At Woods Cross, the Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and contained the Bees shooters the rest of the way.
Hayden Grant scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, for Woods Cross. Mike Jacobson scored 11, and Skylar Farnes and Brady Cowley added nine points apiece.
Shad Watson was the high-scorer for Box Elder with 24 points, including three 3-pointers. Tyler Bated added 13 points.
* SOUTH SEVIER 58, FREMONT 46: At Monroe, the 2-A Rams outscored the visiting Silver Wolves 22-14 in the first half
South Sevier's Race Parsons recorded a double-double with a game-high 28 points and 13 boards to help the Rams.
Landon Scott led Fremont with a dozen points. Justin Shaw added nine points.
* ROY 60, OGDEN 50: At Roy, the Royals won a tight battle with the Tigers thanks to four solid quarters after a 19-10 start.
Brekkott Chapman scored 21 points to lead the Royals. Roy enjoyed balanced scoring, with Logan LaRose adding nine points, and David Hadley and Jaden Jackson chipping in with eight apiece.
Spencer Smith was the high-scorer for Ogden with 17 points, including three 3-pointers.
McKay Smith scored 13 and Dayton Wright added a dozen counters.
* BOUNTIFUL 71, CLEARFIELD 42: At Salt Lake City, the Braves turned up the offense in the Panther Holiday Classic at West High, and the Falcons couldn't keep up.
Bountiful led 26-4 after the opening period.
Zach Selijaas was the high scorer for the Braves with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Sam Merrill added 13 and Pere Lesueur scored a dozen.
Marquis Jones and Kyler Moore were the high scorers for Clearfield, each with 10 points.
The two teams combined to go 19 for 19 from the foul line.
* NORTHRIDGE 58, PAYSON 48: At St. George, the Knights pulled away from the Lions for the win in the Dixie State College tournament.
Northridge scored 17 points from the charity stripe, compared to Payson's eight points, and the Knights snagged the road victory. Dallas Bond had three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points for Northridge.
Jacob Bigler scored 12 and Preston Christensen added nine points for the Knights.
Kaleb Wright led Payson with 15 points.
* WASATCH ACADEMY 70, WEBER 59: At Provo, 2-A Wasatch Academy handed the Warriors their first loss of the season in the Tip Off Classic.
Weber struggled offensively in the first and third quarters. The Tigers, meanwhile, shot 54 percent from the field. Cody Johnson led the Tigers (10-0) with 19 points, with Koby McEwen adding 18.
Hayden Schenck scored 25 points and added seven assists. Garrett Beckey chipped in with 13 points and eight boards, while Jaren McKnight added 10 points.
* SYRACUSE 54, COPPER HILLS 47: At West Jordan, down by one at the half, the Titans picked up another tough road win.
Diante Mitchell and Michael Phelps combined for 39 points as the Titans outscored the home team 19-10 in the final quarter, and shot 18 of 24 at the foul line.
Mitchell scored 23, while Phelps added 16.
Porter Hawkins led Copper Hills with 10 points.
* ST. JOSEPH 69, DUGWAY 35: At Dugway, the Jayhawks closed out their preseason with a solid win to improve to 3-3 on the season.
Zach Johnstun had 14 points and 12 boards, Nick Gruet scored 20 points, David Donlevy added 10 points and eight assists.
Rob Emenger had 10 rebounds and the Jayhawks combined for 15 total steals.
Josh Johnson led Dugway with 12 points. St. Joseph led 40-15 at halftime.
* LOGAN 56, ELKO, NEV. 51: At Salt Lake City, Tyler Brimhall scored 19 points and Dallin Dahl added eight points to help Logan get the victory in the Panther Holiday Classic.
Standard-Examiner correspondent Jon Yorgason contributed to this report.