ROY -- The confines of Ted Smith Gymnasium have hardly been friendly for the Roy High boys basketball team so far this season.
Wednesday night against Sky View was no exception, but this time the Royals found a way to leave with a victory.
Juniors Blake Lamb and Cody Hobbs each scored a team-high 11 points, leading Roy past Sky View 48-40 in the Royals' Region 5 home opener. It was just the second home win of the season for Roy, which entered the game having lost three of four at home. Roy's only home win prior to Wednesday night came against lowly Granger (1-10) on Dec. 3.
"We've been joking - I joked some the other day - I'm calling the state seeing if we can play the rest of our games on the road. I don't want to come back because we haven't been very good here," Roy coach Dan McClure said. "Granted, we've played some really good teams, but we haven't been good here. It's just nice to get a 'W' on this floor because it's been a while."
Senior Brekkott Chapman, who McClure said was battling an illness, struggled early against Sky View's box-and-one defense and finished with just six points on 3-of-9 shooting.
"Just wasn't getting the looks I wanted," Chapman said. "They played good D and credit to Sky View."
Roy (9-3, 2-0 Region 5) shot 39.2 percent from the field and made just 4 of 19 (21.1 percent) from 3-point range, but Sky View (7-7, 1-2 Region 5) struggled just a little bit more. Sophomore Bryce Mortenson led the Bobcats with a game-high 14 points, but Sky View shot 36.6 percent from the field and made just 2 of 11 (18.2 percent) from 3-point range.
Roy's offense struggled from the start, turning the ball over immediately after winning the opening possession. The Royals didn't get their first basket until the 4:43 mark of the first quarter, but then scored nine straight to take a 9-2 lead. The offense then wilted again, however, and Sky View cut Roy's lead to just three, 23-20, at halftime.
"Their focus was really heavy on (Chapman), obviously, and I thought we were pretty stagnant on offense," McClure said. "We had a lot of guys standing. We didn't move real well. Obviously, we're going to work that tomorrow because we'll see defenses like that over and over, so we've got to be a little more active offensively."
The Bobcats took the lead a couple times in the third quarter, but couldn't stretch their advantage beyond more than a point. Lamb scored to give Roy a 27-26 lead midway through the period and put the Royals ahead for good, but their lead was never comfortable. Roy never led by more than four until a Chapman dunk put the Royals ahead 42-37 with 1:52 remaining in the game.
* LOGAN 49, OGDEN 27: At Logan, the Grizzlies took down the Tigers with ease as Tyler Brimhall led the way with 13 points.
Brimhall hit three 3-pointers and teammate Cole Dickson added eight points.
Logan jumped out to a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 27-8 at halftime.
Emric Egbert led the Tigers with nine points.
* BEAR RIVER 51, GRANTSVILLE 47: At Grantsville, the Bears held the Cowboys to a single point in the second quarter and held on for a tight win.
Bear River got 20 points from Parker Lewis and 14 from Landon Cornwall. The Bears outscored the Cowboys 9-1 in the second quarter and led 21-14 at the break.
Grantsville finshed the game on a 25-26 run but didn't have quite enough to finish.
* TOOELE 68, BEN LOMOND 41: The Buffaloes got 24 points apiece from Justin Pollmann and Tyler Lawrence as they rolled to a victory over the Scots.
Tooele finished the game on a 28-15 run.
Branden Morris hit four 3-pointers and finished the game with 18 points for the Scots. Corbin Medina had 11 points.
* MERit ACADEMY 57, Layton Christian 49: The Eagles got 17 points from Christian Musoko and 15 from Joao Batista but it wasn't enough to get by Merit.
* ST. JOSEPH 68, DUGWAY 46: At Ogden, the Jayhawks went on a 19-8 run to end the first half and held on for a home victory over Dugway.
Nick Gruet had 14 points and David Donlevy had seven assists to pace St. Joseph.
Michael O'Brien also had 14 points and Thomas Emenger added nine rebounds.