OGDEN There are still heroes in sports.
In Bingham's 48-45 overtime upset win over Brighton, the Miners produced plenty of them.
It's easy to look at the box score and have Remington Peck's 14 points and nine rebounds jump out at you. Easy to be impressed by Ben Clifford's 15 points and 10 rebound performance, including back-to-back buckets in the overtime to give the Miners the decisive four-point lead. But according to Miners coach Mark Dubach, there were others on his team that deserved recognition.
"Let's talk about Parker Jenkins. Parker Jenkins is a stud," Dubach said. "Parker Jenkins has guarded every tough player we have played against in the state, and he has been huge for this basketball team."
The 6-foot-2 senior is the team's stopper and was assigned the ominous task of guarding Brighton's Jace Tavita. The Bengals' Utah-bound guard is one of the most athletic players in the state, and the Miners knew that holding him under control would be a big key to the win.
"I just try to stop the guy from going to the rim," said Jenkins. "I just decide in my head that I don't want the other guy to score, and I go from there."
Tavita finished with 15 points to lead the Bengals, but it came on a 6-for-21 shooting night.
Another superman for the Miners was T.J. Ford. The ultra-quick senior landed on his hip in Thursday's quarterfinal win over Clearfield and didn't return to action, but he was out there giving his all. Ford's numbers weren't what made his play special as he finished with only five points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal, but his Willis Reed impersonation was motivational.
"It's my senior year," said Ford. "There was no way I was going to sit out."
Even with all of Bingham's Herculean efforts, it still came down to the Miners needing to come back from an eight-point deficit (40-32) after three quarters. They did so by holding the Bengals to one point in the fourth quarter and getting nine points themselves. The last two points came on Peck's short post-up to tie it. The defense locked down and held Brighton without a field goal for the final 11 minutes and 55 seconds through the fourth quarter and overtime.
"I know coming into this tournament we had one goal and that was to defend with a passion," said Dubach. "These kids have done that, and that has been our key in this tournament and, my gosh, we just held a very athletic team to 45 points."
Bingham's run continues today when it faces an overwhelming favorite in Lone Peak at 3 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.
"That was the championship game. I read that in the paper," joked Dubach of the Lone Peak versus Davis semifinal that was just before his team's game. "The championship game already happened. Everybody was playing for second place. We get that silver trophy and we're happy."Not if his league of superheroes has anything to say about it.
Top performer: Ben Clifford, Bingham, 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Key stat: Brighton is held to just one point in the fourth quarter and shoots 28 percent for the game. Next: 5A championship, vs. Lone Peak, 3 p.m. today.
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