PLEASANT GROVE — It was a classic David-versus-Goliath battle with the winless Dugway Mustangs visiting the second-ranked Liahona Warriors in prep basketball action Wednesday night. This time, however, Goliath failed to cooperate as Liahona cruised to a 66-27 Region 18 victory.
Dugway (0-10) kept it close through the first period by scoring six points late in the quarter to pull to within 10 at 20-10.
Liahona (9-2) changed to a half-court trap to start the second period and less than three minutes later the Warriors led by 22 points, and David’s dream of an upset turned into a nightmare.
With 4:15 left in the half Dugway’s Sam Peterson stopped Liahona’s 12-0 run with a floater in the key for the Mustangs’ only points of the quarter. The Warriors ended the half on a 10-0 run to lead 42-12 at the break.
Liahona started the second half where it left off by going on a 10-2 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Brandon Nichols, who finished the game with 20 points, led the third-quarter run with six points, four of which came on assists from Adam Long.
Brayden Facemyer also scored 20 points and added nine assists for the Warriors, while Jake Palmer led Dugway with seven points.
In other Region 18 Action:
WASATCH ACADEMY 78, WENDOVER 23: At Wendover, the No. 1-ranked Tigers were led by Evaldas Aniulis (16), Insa Kaba (15) and Garrett Crosby (12), who all scored in double figures. James Trujillo led Wendover with six points.
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