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Boys basketball: Hoggan’s eight 3-pointers help Fremont hold off Davis in 1st-place battle

By Patrick Carr - Prep Sports Reporter | Jan 24, 2023

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KAYSVILLE — Treyden Hoggan’s season scoring average was 4.3 points per game coming into Tuesday’s first-place, Region 1 showdown at Davis. His season high was 10 points, which he scored against Weber a little more than a week ago, and his career high was 11 points.

The Fremont High senior surpassed both marks in a span of about 1:40 of game time in the first quarter. That was just the beginning of a searing shooting performance.

Hoggan put the “shooting” in “shooting guard” with 27 points, an 8-of-10 mark on 3-pointers — he made his first five — and shot 9 of 12 overall to help the Silverwolves squeak out a 58-56 win at Davis that keeps them atop the Region 1 standings.

It was snowing outside the gym after a game in which Hoggan rained down 3s.

“Electric. The ball always just came to me and the coaches trusted me enough to get me the ball, and trusted me enough to make my shots,” Hoggan said.

The night started innocently enough, with Hoggan hitting a 3-pointer out of a timeout after Davis had gone ahead 13-4.

Two more 3-pointers followed in quick succession — one of them a heat-check on a fast break from about 25 feet after he sprinted down the court, got the ball and stopped from a dead sprint.

“Oh yeah, it was,” Hoggan said when asked if the third 3-pointer was a heat check.

Hoggan made yet another 3, his fourth of the first quarter, and stared down his defender.

Late in the second quarter, after Davis started face-guarding Hoggan, he took a charge and made a contested 3 on consecutive possessions.

“He’s overcome some injuries in the summer, and early part of the fall. He’s been feeling pretty good and he strokes it really well, he’s a great shooter and our guys trust him,” Fremont head coach Corey Melaney said.

The halftime score was tied 27-27 because Davis turned five Fremont turnovers into 10 points and shot 50% from the field.

After missing two 3s on either side of halftime, Hoggan made a deep one on the right side for a 39-36 lead in the third quarter with a defender close by.

Davis missed on its next possession, then Hoggan drained another 3 from the top of the key with a defender in his face. His eighth long ball came on the left side opposite a flare screen for a 49-44, fourth-quarter lead.

“Our bigs, Christian (Blanch) and David (Calvert), set really good screens, so I was able to get open and knock down my shots,” Hoggan said.

Hoggan wasn’t the only Fremont player to blow by his season scoring average. Christian Blanch (2.5 ppg) scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, diving to the basket off screens when Davis players were occupied with the ball handler.

Point guard Braden Flinders shot 2 for 11 from the field yet nearly had a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and, according to the box score, zero turnovers.

David Calvert had a frustrating shooting night, going 4 of 13, but made a late 3 to push the lead to 52-44, had a key block and pulled in seven rebounds.

The Silverwolves (11-5, 6-0 Region 1) needed every last bit of their performances, as it was the second straight game they were without injured star guard Hunter Hansen — Hoggan took Hansen’s starting spot, ironically — and Tuesday, they were on the road against the three-time defending region champions.

“Guys just step up, and we asked them to. We said, ‘Hey just do a little bit extra. Just a little, not a lot, but a little’ — and (Hoggan) didn’t listen to me, he did a lot,” Melaney said.

The Darts (10-7, 4-2) nearly erased a 10-point deficit in the final minutes but ran out of time. Coleman Atwater made a layup, then two free throws later to close the lead to 54-48.

Ike Morgan’s corner 3 cut Fremont’s lead to 57-54 with 29.4 seconds left. Davis pressed on the ensuing inbound but Fremont somehow got out of a jam and Flinders was fouled, making a free throw at the other end.

Zach Fisher made a basket for Davis in response and Flinders chucked the inbound pass down the court as the buzzer sounded.

Fisher, Davis’ leading scorer and rebounder coming in, scored 16 points with eight boards, shot 5 of 8 from the field and 4 of 4 at the free-throw line. Morgan totaled 11 points, five rebounds and six assists with zero turnovers.

Both of Davis’ region losses have been by two points.

Connect with reporter Patrick Carr via email at pcarr@standard.net, Twitter @patrickcarr_ and Instagram @standardexaminersports.

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