MORGAN -- Perhaps "epic" is too strong a word to describe the first-half scoring battle between Ogden's Spencer Smith and Morgan's Jake Miles on Friday, but it was certainly impressive.
Smith, in particular, was in a zone. He knocked down eight 3-pointers en route to 28 points in the first half. Miles wasn't bad either, finishing with 19 at the break. But Miles' Trojans were the stronger team in the second half and ran away with a 76-59 win to remain unbeaten in Region 11 play.
For 16 minutes, Smith was really stroking it. He had 15 in the first quarter -- all 3s -- and added 13 more in the second. As the half went along, Smith ventured farther away from the arc, hitting shots that were almost 10 feet behind the line.
"That first half was quite an exhibition," Morgan coach Jim Wiscombe said. "And a lot of those were long shots, but he drained them."
"(Smith) was feeling good," Ogden coach Shawn MacQueen said. "Sometimes he takes some ill-advised shots, but tonight I couldn't argue with his shot selection because he was so hot."
In the second half, however, Morgan put the clamps on Smith and the rest of the Tigers. Everywhere Smith turned, he had someone in his face. He managed just four points in the final two periods during which Morgan outscored Ogden 47-24.
Meanwhile, Miles continued his steady play, finishing with 19 points in both halves for a game-high 38. When his outside shot wasn't falling in its usual fashion, he made hay from the free throw line, hitting 12-of-13 foul shots. As a team, the Trojans went 20-for-22 from the stripe.
Miles also got help from his teammates. Sophomore Bridger Streadbeck had 14 points and was very effective inside, while Cameron Skinner added eight. Camen Gray had six big points off the bench for Morgan.
"I was worried," Wiscombe said. "We were down six at our place, but I knew they couldn't keep that pace up. But I think we eventually wore them out. We've got a little more depth than they do."
"They wore us out," MacQueen agreed. "They're a very deep team and that's why they're the best team in our region right now and one of the top three teams in the state. But I'm proud of my guys. We came in here and gave them a heck of a battle on their home floor for three quarters. You have to take something positive from that experience and be confident that we can play well against anybody."
Morgan (7-0 in Region 11, 14-2 overall) trailed 35-29 at the half, but outscored Ogden by 10 in the third to grab a four-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. A 13-2 run to start the fourth put the game out of reach.
Larry Rodriguez scored 12 points for the Tigers (3-4, 5-10) and Dayton Wright added nine.
* BEN LOMOND 51, TOOELE 48: At Ogden, the Scots staged a furious fourth-quarter rally, knocking off the Buffaloes to win their fifth straight contest.
Sage Eastburn led all scorers with 17 points as Josh Hardin added 16 for Ben Lomond in the victory.
Sterling Brandley notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists.
In the other league game, Stansbury turned back Grantsville 59-46.
* WEST RIDGE 58, ST. JOSEPH 50: At Ogden, two evenly-matched teams ran and ran, but it was the Jayhawks who ran out of gas and suffered their first league loss
Sebastien Pomeroy and Nick Gruet scored 14 points apiece, while Zach Johnstun and David Donlevy added 10 points apiced. Johnstun had the double-double with 10 boards to go with three assists.
Zach Giachetti scored 27 points lead West Ridge, which built a 51-40 lead after three quarters then held on for dear life.
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 111, MOUNT VERNON 23: At Layton, the Eagles built a 54-11 halftime lead and cleared the bench in a region romp.
D.J. Lacey scored 15, Austin Geddings and Quinn Witheria added 14, while Preston Sill and Duce Namazi scored 13 for the Eagles. Jake Warden and Kirklann Smith each had 10 for LCA, which has won four in a row.
Joseph Lin scoed 14 for Mount Vernon.