Dugway’s loss in the third-place game at the Region 18 tournament has forced it into a play-in game to try and get into the 1A state tournament.
The Mustangs suffered a 58-46 loss to Tintic in the third-place game at West Ridge Academy in West Jordan, and they will now play against Diamond Ranch Academy in a play-in game in Richfield.
Diamond Ranch, located in Hurricane, went 10-10 on the season but has won eight of its last 11 games, including the fifth-place game in the Region 20 tournament.
Dugway comes in after losing its last two games, but it did win Thursday’s road game against West Ridge 42-40. Winning that game moved Dugway into the semifinals of the Region 18 tournament against Wendover. However, the Mustangs didn’t overcome slow starts in their two games against Wendover and Tintic to fall to fourth place.
Wendover opened the game with a 16-1 lead, and the Mustangs were forced to stop the bleeding. Daniel Shepard hit a 3-pointer to make the score 16-6 and John Catalla put in a basket to make it 21-10 to keep Wendover within distance. The Wildcats extended the lead to 39-27 at halftime.
Garrett Thackeray opened the second quarter with a basket and a made free throw after a foul, but Wendover always managed to answer any Dugway score. The Wildcats pulled away for the 74-56 win.
Things went similarly against Tintic on Saturday in the third-place game. Tintic opened with a 12-2 lead, but the Mustangs charged back in the second quarter. Thackeray knocked down a fadeaway on the baseline and was fouled. He knocked down the free throw to make it 12-5. Thackeray then scored again, followed by a drive to the hoop from Catalla. Daniel Shepard then found Ben Shepard for a layup. Daniel Shepard followed that assist by swiping a steal on defense. He came off a screen on that possession and attempted a 3-pointer. The shot was no good, but he was fouled on the play. He hit just one of the three free throws to make the score 13-12, and that’s the closest Dugway got the rest of the game.
Dugway’s 1A state play-in game against Diamond Ranch is Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Richfield. If it wins that game, it will then play against Monticello at 7 p.m. Wednesday.