OGDEN -- It took three overtimes to reach a decision between Ogden and Bear River at Phil Russell court on Friday night.
When the dust finally settled it was the Tigers logging an electrifying 70-61 Region 11 win that sent the student body scrambling onto the floor as the final buzzer sounded.
Four Tigers scored in double digits led by senior guard Spencer Smith's game-high 29 points as Ogden clawed their way from behind in the first and second overtimes to force a thrilling third.
Ogden coach Shawn MacQueen couldn't have been prouder of the way his guys played.
"What a gutsy performance from these kids," an emotional MacQueen said after the game. "I have to give all the credit to these guys. We really feel like we have a recipe for success, and when we follow that recipe, we get wins."
Ogden's recipe includes a presence in the post from big man Larry Rodriguez. Rodriguez scored 13 points and hauled in six rebounds while senior guard McKay Smith also logged 13 points.
Things got heated quickly as a Bear River team coming off a double-overtime loss at Ben Lomond earlier in the week couldn't seem to find an answer for the Ogden offense that scored 16 points in the first quarter.
Tensions boiled over in the second quarter and refs responded with a trio of technical fouls including a call against Bear River coach Kasey Winters.
A 17-point third quarter from the Bears sparked a comeback led by senior forward Austin Miller who scored all of his 11 points in the second half and overtimes.
Bear River's Wade Miller lead the team with 20 points and a game-high seven rebounds while senior forward Kody King scored 18 on the night.
Big defensive plays in the waning seconds of the first two overtimes kept hope alive for the Tigers who carried momentum into the final overtime and jumped out early, building a nine-point lead that held to the buzzer.
"They just kept fighting and made the plays to get it to that last overtime," MacQueen said. "This win validates everything we've been doing up to this point."
* LAYTON CHRISTIAN 77, ST. JOSEPH 65: At Layton, while the defending state 1-A champions prevailed by sinking their free throws in the final minutes, the visiting Jayhawks served notice that there is more to Region 17 than just Layton Christian.
St. Joseph trailed 57-56 after three quarters and was down just three when the Jayhawks were forced to foul for profit.
"We played really well. They (St. Joseph) gave it everything they had," LCA coach Bobby Porter said. "This was a playoff-intensity game."
Austin Geddings ripped the nets for 21 points, while Preston Sill and Duce Namazi added a dozen points apiece.
Sill added 10 rebounds, while Namazie checked in with eight assists. Ricardo Gomez added nine points and 10 steals, five of the picks coming in a row.
Jordan Jones led the Jayhawks on both ends of the court, finishing with 17 points. Sebastian Pomeroy added 11 points and 12 boards, while Nick Gruet added 11 points. Zach Johnstun added 10 points to go with eight rebounds. David Donlevy chipped in with seven assists and five points.