OGDEN -- If the Syrause Titans were supposed to be intimidated on the opening day of the state 5-A boys basketball tournament, no one told them.
The Titans displayed a strong worth ethic and keen sense of the moment earned from a long Region 1 season in dispatching Region 2 champion Hunter 53-36 on Monday at the Dee Events Center.
In doing so, coach Justin Nielson's Titans served notice they will be a factor this week.
Diante Mitchell was all over the court, scored 21 points, 15 from the foul line, and adding five steals to lead Syracuse. the Titans jump out to a 28-19 lead at the half.
Hunter cut the lead to 36-31 after three periods, but the Titans ran away over the final quarter.
Daulton Whatcott added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Titans, who now play American Fork on Wednesday. Three others added five points apiece.
Brandon Davies led Hunter with 17 points.
Wednesday's quarterfinal is set for 5:50 p.m. The Cavemen turned back Jordan 51-47 on Monday afternoon.