ROY — The Region 5 showdown game Wednesday night between Roy and Sky View was hyped up to be the battle of the big men, featuring the Royals’ Breckott Chapman and the Bobcats’ Jalen Moore.
What it ended up being was a battle of mental toughness that saw Roy pick up the 71-67 home victory over Sky View, handing the Royals second place in the Region 5 standings to end the first half of region play.
Instead of Chapman and Moore making plays down the stretch, it was the Royals’ Jaden Jackson that was hitting the big shots.
“The coaches put together a great game plan for us and we executed that game plan,” Jackson said. Jackson also drew the assignment late of guarding Moore, who still led the Bobcats with a game-high 29 points on 10 baskets and a 9-for-9 effort from the line.
“Moore is a great player and I just wanted to play him straight up and I had my teammates behind me to help. We just wanted to play our game and execute.”
Roy jumped out to a quick lead thanks in part to Chapman’s 15 first-quarter points. However, that 13-point lead was short-lived as turnovers and missed shots played a big part of Sky View jumping back into the game to trail by just four at the half.
Late in the game, Jackson knocked down some big shots. Four of his baskets came with the game tied or the home side up two. And it was his defense late that allowed the Royals to take and keep the lead with under two minutes left.
“People don’t understand that kids like Jaden and David (Hadley) are the key pieces to our team,” Roy coach Dan McClure said. “Breckott is a great player that helps get our offense going, but those guys are what keep us together. They do all the little things that teams need to be good. I thought we jumped out early and held on mentally to make a couple of more plays than they did.”
Chapman led the way with 28 points and eight rebounds while Jesse Wayment had 15. Jackson and Hadley each finished with 10 points.
• LOGAN 74, BONNEVILLE 72 (2OT): At Washington Terrace, the hard-luck Lakers let another good effort turn into a loss.
“It was a good game, you want the kids to keep their heads up,” Bonneville coach Jason Finder said. “We just had too many turnovers and key times.”
Taylor Compton hit a buzzer-beater from 18 fee out to give Logan the win. He finished with 20 points, while Jordan Larsen added 14 and three others notched double-figure scoring.
The Lakers were led by Mason Rich, who had 26 points and 19 rebounds. His late shot sent the game to second overtime. Carson Smith added 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jared Ford tallied 10 points.
• MOUNTAIN CREST 55, BOX ELDER 40: At Hyrum, the Mustangs rode Tyler Crosbie’s 14 points as Mountain Crest dumped the Bees to stay unbeaten in Region 5 play.
Faimafili Laulu-Pututau added 13 and Tanner Knowles scored 10 for Mountain Crest in the victory.
Tyler Bate paced the Box Elder with 14 points and Shad Watson chipped in 10 in the loss.
• OGDEN 63, STANSBURY 55: At Ogden, four Tigers finished in double figures as Ogden held off a fourth-quarter rally by the Stallions for the home win.
Spencer Smith led the Tigers with 15 points, Emric Egbert scored 13 and Joel Pobanz and McKay Smith had 10 each in the victory.
• BEAR RIVER 56, GRANTSVILLE 29: At Garland, the Bears dominated the Cowboys from start to finish behind Wade Miller’s game-high 20 points in the rout.
Garrett Fronk scored nine points as Austin Miller contributed eight more for Bear River.
• MORGAN 89 TOOELE 60: At Tooele, Jake Miles racked up 21 points and the Trojans throttled the Buffaloes to lock up at least a share of the Region 11 crown.
Ben Saunders added 10 points and Duane Johnson had nine and Matt Murdock chipped in eight to go with six assists in the victory.
• ST. JOSEPH 45, LEGACY PREP 33: At Riverdale, David Donlevy scored a game-high 19 points and the Jayhawks did just enough to topple Legacy Prep on the road.
After a slow first half, St. Joseph outscored Legacy 35-10 to close out the game.
Nick Gruet collected 12 points with three steals, and Mitch Koehler added seven more points in the win for St. Joseph. Jordan Jones dished out six assists.
Klint Gardner scored 17 points to pace Legacy. Jacob Higginson addd eight points and 12 rebounds.
• LAYTON CHRISTIAN 102, INTERMOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN 61: At Holladay, the Eagles rolled to a dominating victory, fueled by Duce Namazi’s 23 points.
Quin Witheria also had a big night with 19 points and Leroy Sisnett added 16 of his own.