OGDEN Brighton has proved all year any number of different players can go off on any given night.
It makes the Bengals virtually impossible to prepare for, and then when an unheralded freshman knocks down the shot of the game, that's just unfair.
Brighton had four players score in double figures Wednesday, and freshman Corbin Miller buried a clutch 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer to lift the Bengals to a 70-52 quarterfinal victory over Viewmont at the Dee Events Center.
Miller's shot was the dagger. Underdog Viewmont battled back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter cutting Brighton's lead to 47-44 on Tommy Barrett's fadeaway jumper with 15 seconds left in the quarter. Miller responded with a trey bumping the lead back to six.
"That was huge. That's a kid that's 15 years old," said Brighton coach Lyndon Johnson. "That's the biggest stage you can get in high school, and he just buried it."
Brighton proceeded to score on its first possession of the fourth quarter and never led by less than five the rest of the way.
With the victory, Brighton advances to Friday's semifinals, where it will face Bingham at 4:10 p.m.
John Sherwood led the Bengals with 20 points on four 3-pointers, while Ali Langford chipped in with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Abraham Millsap and Jace Tavita scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
"When you look at us, I've got seven or eight guys that could probably be in the top 10 in scoring if they were on a different team," said Johnson. "But they bought into a system of sharing the ball and winning. ... We score a lot of points, but everyone scores, and that's why we've been successful this year and last year is because we've bought into that system of sharing."
Before Brighton pulled away in the fourth quarter and iced the game from the line, the quarterfinal game was competitive throughout. Even though Brighton never trailed after the opening minute, the Vikings were right there, down only two after the first quarter and four at the half.
As it expected, Tommy Barrett and Davis Emery did most of the damage for Viewmont, combining for 38 points, but their supporting cast only added 14 additional points.
"Obviously on tape when you watch them play, those two kids are very good," said Johnson. "They're capable of getting 20 or 25 a night; we emphasized them but made sure we didn't forget somebody. I thought our kids did a good job."
Leading 52-47 at the 4:50 mark of the fourth quarter, Brighton ripped off a 9-3 run behind a breakaway lay-up from Clark Richardson, a hammer dunk from Tavita and one of Sherwood's four 3s.Brighton finished the game shooting 50 percent, including 47 percent from 3-point range compared to just 24 percent for Viewmont.
Top performer: Ali Langford tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Key stat: Viewmont only made 1 of 10 3-pointers in the second half compared to 4 of 5 for Brighton. Up next: Semifinals, Brighton vs. Bingham, Friday, 4:10 p.m.
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