OGDEN -- The Dee Events Center proved to be a great setting for Morgan High and the rest of Region 11 for last week's state 3-A basketball tournaments.
The Morgan boys turned back league rival Bear River 58-44 on Saturday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd, cutting down the nets to cap a fun week of prep basketball action at the "Purple Palace."
The Utah High School Activities Association rotates basketball venues, especially at the 3-A level, with tournaments in the north and south parts of the state.
The Trojans, Bears and Ben Lomond Scots, who ended up sixth, certainly enjoyed the home-town crowds and sleeping at home.
Now, here comes the state 5-A tournament with the 4-A boys tournament right on its heels.
Play opens this morning at the DEC, with four Region 1 teams looking to make a big statement in the 5-A boys tourney.
Following a gruelling 10-game league schedule, Weber High emerged as the league champion with an 8-2 record, 19-3 overall.
The Warriors will open against West, which defeated Taylorsville on Saturday in a Region 2 play-in game, in the 11:10 a.m. game.
Syracuse (13-8 overall), the fourth seed out of Region 1, will follow that game with a 12:50 p.m. matchup against Region 2 champion Hunter.
Davis (16-5) will play Kearns at 4:10 p.m. As a No. 3 seed, the Darts face an uphill battle which would include -- with an opening-round victory -- a quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday against Lone Peak.
That's assuming Lone Peak, the defending 5-A champion, wins its opener today against West Jordan.
Lone Peak, of course is 22-1 on the season and undefeated against Utah schools. The Knights are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in prep boys hoops.
Region 1 runner-up Northridge (13-9) plays in the nightcap, facing county rival Viewmont, which qualified as the No. 3 seed out of Region 2.
The 5-A quarterfinals are set for Wedensday, with the semifinals on Friday afternoon. Saturday's championship game is set for 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, the state 4-A teams take over the Dee, with Region 5 champion Mountain Crest and runner-up Roy leading the northern charge.
The Mustangs are 15-5 overall, but went 9-1 in the rugged Region 5 play. Mountain Crest draws Maple Mountain at 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday.
Logan (13-11), which has won four of its last five games to earn a spot in the tournament, will open at 11:10 a.m. against Orem. The defending 4-A champions are 20-3 on the season.
In the bottom half of the bracket, Roy (16-6) will take on Springville at 4:10 p.m. Region 6 champion Bountiful will meet Westlake at 5:50 p.m., with the Royals and Braves on collision course in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Woods Cross will play Olympus at 7:30 p.m., followed by the 9:10 p.m. nightcap featuring Sky View (15-8) and Timpview.
The 4-A championship is Saturday at 4 p.m.