Boys basketball: East’s late bucket lifts Ben Lomond over rival Ogden
OGDEN — Scoring one point in 31 minutes, 55 seconds of a high school basketball game won’t usually get your name in the newspaper.
Neither will totaling four points for an entire game.
But timing is everything and Ben Lomond sophomore Jake East was in the right place at the right time for the Scots on Wednesday night.
East made a contested layup with 5.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to break a 40-all tie with Ogden and his free throw after the foul completed the and-one as Ben Lomond captured a 43-40, come-from-behind Region 13 victory over the rival Tigers.
Ben Lomond came out of a timeout with 37.3 seconds left and nothing developed until East muscled his way down the lane as the seconds ticked away.
“It was just good ball movement, good team work. As I cut to the basket, I saw a wide-open lane and Preston (Williams) made a great pass and I hit the shot,” East said. “I was just doing my job. I was calm. I was good. On the free throw, just take my time; seal the game.”
East’s three-point play, the old-fashioned way, capped a big Ben Lomond comeback from 18-6 down in the first quarter.
Ogden (9-11, 3-6 Region 13) was red-hot in that first quarter as Khol Gill (two), Jace Oliverson (one) and Ozzy Norton (one) all splashed home 3-pointers to give the Tigers the early edge.
“We started off slow from the jump so we had to pick it up on defense, stop them and score on the offensive side,” East said.
Both of those things happened in the second stanza, as Ben Lomond (12-8, 4-5) turned the tables on Ogden, outscoring the Tigers 13-2, to only trail 20-19 at the break.
Ogden’s only basket of the quarter came when Oliverson worked inside to score with 1:12 left in the half.
The Scots evened the game twice in the third period, tied at 22 and 25, but still had never held the lead and were down 32-29 heading into the fourth.
Their first lead of the game was 33-32 with 5:37 remaining on a basket by Kekoa Beard and the page flipped four times thereafter until it got to 40-40 and the Ben Lomond timeout, setting the stage for East’s game winner.
The teams split the season series. Beard led the Scots with a game-high 15 points after not playing in the first game at Ogden. Williams added 10 points, including 3 of 4 from the free-throw line and a 3-pointer.
Ben Lomond was 15 of 25 from the free-throw line, while Ogden was an alarming 2 of 4 on the night.
Oliverson led the Tigers with 13 points and Gill checked in with 9 points; each hit three 3-pointers.