Ogden’s football team, which Clarke was a part of, lost to Bonneville on a late touchdown pass a few months earlier, and the basketball result served as another reminder of how hard it was for the Tigers to finish.
So excruciating was Ogden’s January loss to Bonneville that after exiting the locker room and walking into the gym, Clarke sought comfort from his grandfather with an emotional embrace.
Clarke’s determination to not let such a result happen again fueled Ogden to a 60-50 win over Bonneville on Tuesday.
“I just kept in my mind what happened last game,” Clarke said.
Clarke put his first big stamp on the game late in the first half. Ogden led just 23-22, then blitzed Bonneville with a 14-0 run. Clarke had 10 points during the surge, as well as a steal and a block.
Despite trailing big at halftime, the Lakers clawed back and were within five entering the fourth quarter.
Again, Clarke went to work.
Clarke scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, then brought the Ogden faithful to a deafening crescendo with a steal and a two-handed dunk with 4:50 left.
“It’s always good when the seats are filled. That’s kind of like a game changer,” Clarke said.
Ogden went on to build a 58-41 lead before coasting down the stretch.
Clarke finished with 20 points, while Jaxon Clarke and Carson White each added 14 points.
Kayson Choate led Bonneville with 17 points.
Ogden (14-6, 7-4 Region 5) has clinched a spot in the 4-A tournament and is now focused on seeding.
The Tigers are in second place and have one game remaining, a home game against Bountiful (7-14, 6-4 Region 5) next Tuesday.
Bountiful currently occupies the third-place spot in the region and will have a home game against Bonneville on Friday before squaring off against Ogden.
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More boys scores:
DAVIS 51, SYRACUSE 46
KAYSVILLE — The Darts outscored the Titans 15-9 in the fourth quarter for the region win.
Braxton Taylor led Davis (8-3 Region 2) with 12 points and Brendon Redford hauled in eight rebounds.
Andrew Carlson scored a game high 18 points for Syracuse (6-4), while Brock Gilbert netted 14 and Dylan Brower added 10.
LAYTON 69, WEST 55
SALT LAKE CITY — A quartet of Lancers scored in double figures as Layton claimed the road region win.
Skyler Turner led the Lancers with 15 points. Braxton Libby scored 11 while Keejon Sloan and Carson Lomax each added 10.
Layton (8-2 Region 2) moves into a first-place tie with Viewmont with two games left on the region slate.
WOODS CROSS 85, EAST 52
SALT LAKE CITY — Trevin Knell scored 24 points to lead the Wildcats to the road region win and Colby Richardson added 16.
Woods Cross, which has already clinched the Region 5 championship, moved to 10-0 with the win.
BOUNTIFUL 78, HIGHLAND 71
SALT LAKE CITY — The Braves trailed by four at halftime, but outscored the Rams 39-28 in the second half for the region road victory.
Brig Willard scored a game-high 28 points for Bountiful (6-4 Region 5) while Ryan Pollard added 24 and Jadon Chism posted 10.
With the win, the Braves leapfrogged into third place in Region 5 and the Rams dropped to fourth.
Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.