SMITHFIELD — Sky View used teamwork to beat Ogden 55-39 and take sole possession of first place in Region 5.
Bobcat sophomore guard Ty Nielsen had 11 points off the bench behind junior center Casey Oliverson, who had 13 to lead all scorers.
Senior forward Darinn Gomez led the way for the Tigers with 9 points.
Sky View took control of the game in the first half, holding Ogden to just 6 points in each of the first two quarters. Head coach Kevin Anderson said the early lead was key for Sky View to get the win.
“I thought getting that lead early in the game was big for us,” Anderson said. “A lot of what got us that lead was our defense. I thought our defense the first half was exceptional. I thought our kids just executed on the defensive side of the floor tonight very well.”
Senior forward Grayson Moore opened the scoring floodgates for the Bobcats on a breakaway dunk. Seven different Sky View players scored in the first quarter to give the Bobcats a 17-6 lead after eight minutes.
Ogden was held scoreless in the second quarter until Gomez hit an NBA-range three midway through. At half, the score stood at 31-12.
“I think our defense translated into our offense and it just went from there,” Nielson said. “When we play good defense our transition is there and we score layups and those layups just turned into a lot of points really fast.”
Ogden mounted a charge in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 to Sky View’s 10, but the game was already out of reach for the Tigers. No Ogden player made more than two shots from the field in the game.
Anderson said it was a great team win and gave credit to his bench for stepping up.Comment on this story
“I thought Ty (Nielson) stepped up,” Anderson said. “I don’t know how many people scored tonight. People coming in stepping up, I thought Riley Jensen played well tonight. He hasn’t gotten a lot of time lately but came in and played well for us tonight.”
Sky View is now 11-5 and 7-3 in region play. The Bobcats moved into first place in Region 5 with the win, dropping Ogden to 11-5 and 6-4.
Sky View next faces (7-8, 4-6) Mountain Crest at home on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Ogden will travel to (5-11, 3-7) Logan on the same day.
Tavin Stucki is a sophomore journalism student at Utah State University.