MORGAN — A strong third quarter by the Morgan Trojans turned what was a reasonably close game into a laugher as the Trojans knocked off Grantsville, 73-53, on Friday night.
The Trojans held a 10-point advantage after a physical first half and Grantsville scored the first three points of the third quarter to cut the lead to seven. But those were the only points the Cowboys would score in the period. Meanwhile, Morgan reeled off 25 straight points, including 16 from sharpshooter Jake Miles.
By the time the dust had settled, the Trojans had a 32-point lead and every starter was seated comfortably on the bench.
Miles, who scored a combined 77 points in his previous two games, took it easy against the Cowboys and finished with “just” 27 points, including six 3-pointers. Cameron Skinner added 11 and Bridger Streadbeck had seven. But the real star of the game was Morgan’s defense.
“We really got after them defensively,” Wiscombe said. “We thought they might try to hold the ball on us, so we did things so they couldn’t do that. And they couldn’t run a lot of their offense. The kids worked hard on their defense.”
Wiscombe was a little anxious that his team might suffer a letdown after Morgan’s thrilling win at Bear River on Wednesday, but the Trojans managed to maintain their concentration. “We worried a bit about (a letdown),” Wiscombe said. “And our energy level at yesterday’s practice was not very high.”
The Trojans (12-2 overall, 6-0 in Region 11) have won seven straight games and have made it through the first half of region play unscathed. Grantsville (6-9, 2-3) is headed the opposite direction. They’ve lost six in a row, including three straight region contests.
• BEN LOMOND 59, OGDEN 35: At Ogden, the Scots put on an efficient show while the host Tigers were unable to match their rivals in the final three quarters.
Josh Hardin scored 19 points, Sage Eastburn added 1. Corbin Medina drilled a trio of 3-pointers, finishing with 13 points, while Sterling Brandley added 10 points for Ben Lomond.
Spencer Smith led the Tigers with 18 points. Down by just two, 17-15, after the first quarter, Ogden managed just 20 points over the final three periods.
• BEAR RIVER 61, STANSBURY 56: At Stansbury, Wade Miller scored 20 points, Garrett Fronk added 13 and the Bears used a strong second half to surge past the Stallions for the road victory.
Kody King chipped in 12 points for Bear River in the win.