When Ogden’s Austin Richards turned the ball over and Bonneville’s Elijah Mason took it the other way for a 35-34 lead late, Tigers head coach Shawn MacQueen had a challenge for his sophomore starting guard.
Richards responded, cutting to the basket and making an angled runner off the glass while drifting away from the bucket, giving Ogden a 36-35 lead — a score the Tigers (3-10, 1-2 Region 11) held to beat their rival Lakers (3-7, 0-2 Region 11).
“I didn’t want to lay it up over the guy because he was going to probably stuff me, so I kind of just floated it above him and it worked,” Richards said.
The layup sent the frenzied Tigers crowd further off the edge in a game that might’ve lacked in offensive firepower — the teams’ football meeting last September finished 42-35 in favor of Ogden — but had everything a loud, packed gymnasium could deliver in a rivalry game.
Ogden wins 36-35. pic.twitter.com/wc7qNRQeZw— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 11, 2018
The emotions of the game spilled over in the second quarter when Bonneville coach Kyle Bullinger picked up a technical foul, reacting to a Keon Berghout fastbreak layup that gave Ogden a 15-14 lead.
By the time Bullinger called timeout a couple minutes later, the Tigers led 22-14. But Bullinger called timeout, the Lakers went into a 3-2 zone defense and kept Ogden off the scoreboard for the next 7:14.
The scoreless streak spanned both sides of halftime, ending only when Richards’ corner 3-pointer put the Tigers up 25-24.
“We tried to get it in the high post, we tried to ball screen the top defender, we tried to run four-game and get in the gaps of the zone, we just tried some things and had a hard time scoring against that defense,” MacQueen said.
Kinnon Finder led Bonneville with 12 points, including a personal 6-0 run in the fourth quarter which twice tied the game and, and one point, gave Bonneville a 33-31 lead.
Ogden with the lead and 58 seconds left. Austin Richards with the bucket there pic.twitter.com/CdvwD8gkMm— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 11, 2018
Berghout led Ogden with 15 points and Richards finished with 12. Berghout was complimentary of the large Ogden student section that attended Wednesday.
“It was awesome having the support because other games since we’ve been struggling a little bit, we lose fans, but tonight we had a lot of people come ... so it was awesome,” he said.
It was 36-35 for more than a minute of game time before the final buzzer. Bonneville’s Tyler Hancock had the ball in the final 1.8 seconds but slipped at the top of the key, and the Ogden faithful celebrated loudly.
The Tigers’ locker room was a jubilant mosh pit until MacQueen arrived and the players quieted, only for MacQueen to jump right in the middle and start the mosh pit again.
No one’s certain what would’ve happened had Hancock gotten a shot off. The only certainty is Ogden’s team will have an affinity for meatball sandwiches from here on out.
That’s what the Tigers had Tuesday night at their team dinner.
MORGAN 71, SUMMIT ACADEMY 63
MORGAN — Morgan improved to 12-2 with a home win over Summit Academy. Cade Russell scored a game-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers and a 6-for-6 mark from the free-throw line.
Trey Miles scored 19 points for the Trojans, who went 23 of 30 from the charity stripe. Laine Carter added 10 points for Morgan.
TOOELE 72, BEN LOMOND 53
OGDEN — Ben Lomond fell to 0-2 in Region 11 with a home loss to Tooele.
WOODS CROSS 67, BOUNTIFUL 30
BOUNTIFUL — Woods Cross led 46-18 at halftime, then blanked Bountiful in the third quarter in a lopsided affair.
Sara Noel scored 21 to lead Woods Cross. Olivia Barton scored 14 points and Paige McKenna added 11.
Waverly Bowman led Bountiful with 10 points.
MORGAN 54, SUMMIT ACADEMY 32
DRAPER — Jaci Jensen knocked down three 3-pointers on her way to 17 points, added five assists and three steals to her night, and Morgan took a road win from Summit Academy in Region 13 play Tuesday.
Lisa Blazzard added 11 points and seven rebounds, and Marcie Stapley grabbed 10 rebounds.