OGDEN — For the Sky View Bobcats, the key to success is all in the transition game.
Although it took some time to develop on Wednesday night, coach Kevin Anderson's team found its rhythm and ran all over Region 5 foe Ogden (9-2, 4-1 Region 5), winning 61-49 on the road.
The Bobcats (7-4, 3-2) jumped out to a slight lead through an ugly first five minutes of basketball, leading 6-2 before the Tigers caught fire. Ogden guard Kyler Campbell, standing at just 5-foot-8 but quarterbacking the Tiger offense, ignited a 10-0 run with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. He scored seven of his team's points during that span.
Ogden slowly added to its edge as the Bobcats fell into foul trouble early in the second quarter. The Tigers scored 10 of their 12 points in the period from the foul line, not draining a field goal until Darinn Gomez fed a perfect pass to Jake Lower on the block with 2:34 remaining in the half.
Ogden held a 22-14 lead at that point, and that is when Sky View's Grayson Moore took over.
Moore recorded his first points on a two-handed dunk in transition, and then added a long-distance 3-pointer over the top of his defender to pull the Bobcats within five points, 24-19 at the intermission.
"I started playing good defense and had the transition buckets," Moore said of his suddenly dominant appearance. "We started executing our offense ... and I was getting open shots, and I was knocking them down. But I've got to credit the whole team for that."
Moore scored nine of the Bobcats' 20 third-period points, and Sky View rallied to pull the score to a 39-39 tie to start the final eight minutes.
"We just came out and brought intensity," Moore said. "Our game is to run and we weren't running in the first half, so in the second half we came out and started to run."
Moore added that reverting back to team basketball and sharing the ball was a big key in his team's turnaround.
"The first half started out a little selfish. We started out 6-2 on them, and then we just started doing our own thing. Towards the end of the half we started playing as a team and we got it going. Open shots for everyone."
Also aiding the Bobcat effort was 6-foot-8 USU-commit Casey Oliverson.2 comments on this story
"He had a great game," Moore said of his teammate who finished with 14 points on the night. "He was altering shots, he was getting rebounds. They were all his. He was owning the paint, in the second half especially."
Senior forward Jordan Nielsen also tallied 14 points for the Bobcats, 10 of which came during his team's second-half rally.
Lower finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers, Parker Stromberg added 12, and Campbell totaled 11 points and five assists from the point guard position.
With the win, Sky View holds onto a second place tie with Box Elder. Ogden maintains first-place standing with one more game in the win column.