SLIDESHOW: Ogden High vs. Box Elder High basketball
OGDEN -- Ogden High didn't exactly put on a shooting clinic night, but it did come up with big plays when it had to. As a result, the Tigers were able to hold on to a hard-fought 53-45 Region 5 victory over Box Elder Friday night.
Point guard Jake Buck, who led the Ogden with a team-high 13 points, came up with a pair of big plays, one to get the Tigers back in the game at the end of the half, and the other to give them some much-needed breathing room heading into the final frame.
Buck's 3-pointer with just six seconds left in the second stanza allowed Ogden to go into the locker room trailing by just one at 24-23. His second of three 3-pointers on the night came as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter, giving the Tigers a 36-32 cushion.
The flashy point guard's third bomb just over two minutes into the final frame gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the night at 41-32. They went on to much that advantage at 50-41 with less than a minute to play.
"(Jake) Buck was a lot more aggressive tonight, and our other guys starting feeding off of that," said Ogden coach Jace McKee. "Offensively we started off kind of slow, but once we started to slow things down and show a little more patience we were able to get back into the game."
That patience started to pay off for Ogden late in the opening period.
The game stayed close until Ogden put together a 10-0 run at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth. Buck ignited the rally that gave Ogden a 41-32 cushion with 5:39 to play with his long-range shooting and ball distribution. Ogden center Nathan Kapple was the main beneficiary. His inside presence proved to be one of the turning points in the game.
Kapple finished the night with 11 points, all inside the paint and charity stripe.
Box Elder's Brant Mecham led all scorers with 15 points and was joined in double figures by teammate Justus Brown who added 12. Ogden's Eric Porter, who was saddled with foul trouble most of the night still managed to hit double digits with 10, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
* MOUNTAIN CREST 69, BONNEVILLE 53: At Washington Terrace, the Lakers took an early 11-2 lead and then got trampled by a Mountain Crest stampede. The Mustangs went on a 24-2 run and Bonneville didn't score again until the 5:29 mark of the second stanza.
"We came out excited, with nothing to lose," said Bonneville coach Trevor Howell. "We did a good job on their big guys, but then their perimeter people hurt us. We didn't close out on their shooters nearly well enough."
Jaden Welsh led the Lakers with 13 points, while Jordan Tesch netted nine. Boston Nelson and Brady Borklund scored eight each in a losing cause.
In the other league game, Sky View edged Logan, 42-35.