Dugway wasn’t about to be greedy. The Mustangs just wanted a share of the Region 18 boys basketball crown.
So when the west desert school ventured to Mt. Pleasant Friday, Dugway knew it had come too far to fall short of its season-long region title quest and the Mustangs didn’t.
The dynamic duo of Dane Schofield and Matt Bate combined to score 39 points and lead Dugway to a 54-42 triumph over rival Wasatch Academy.
Schofield popped the cords for 27 points and Bate hit for 12 to lead the way for the Mustangs. Taylor Schofield also contributed six and Cody Stromberg netted five.
Reo Tahara fired in 13 and Chris Kayonga contributed 10 for the Tigers.
The win forced Dugway into a tie with West Desert for the Region 18 boys basketball league crown with identical 11-1 region records. The Mustangs won the coin flip to grab the top seed into this week’s Class 1A State Boys Basketball tournament at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
However, Dugway had the unfortunate draw of meeting a powerful and ranked Valley team in the opening round of the Class 1A State Boys Basketball tournament Wednesday at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
The Buffaloes fought to a 60-49 win over the Mustangs in first round action.
George Williams poured in a game high 23 and David Glover flipped in 14 to lead Valley to the first round triumph. Jeff Reese also contributed 12 as well.
Taylor Schofield paced the Mustangs with a team high 14 while Jim Deppe and Dane Schofield tossed in 11 each. Charlie Langi also hit for six as well. The setback drops Dugway into a consolation bracket game against Duchesne today at 2:30 p.m. The winner of today’s game will battle the survivor between Mt. Vernon and Salt Lake Lutheran Friday at 1:30 p.m. If the Mustangs can win both games today and Friday, Dugway will play in the sixtheighth place game Saturday at noon against either West Desert, St. Joseph, Waterford or West Ridge Academy.
Dugway now sports a 16-6 overall record on the season.
In the victory over Wasatch Academy, Dugway Coach George Bruce said his team played well in the first-half to take control and held on for a hard fought road triumph to gain a share of the league crown.
“We played a good first-half and we struggled in the second-half, defensively and offensively,” he said. “Dane and Matt really kept us in the game on offense and as a team we played well overall in the first-half and average in the second-half. It was a good win for us and get a share of the title. It was also good to win the coin flip and get the higher seed. Now we have to do something with it. We need to go in focused and ready to play our best basketball of the year.”
Dug. 54 – Was. Acad. 42
The Mustangs took control early and held on for a hard fought road victory Friday at Mt. Pleasant.
Schofield popped the cords for six points and Bate fired in a 3-point shot to lead Dugway to a 13-6 lead after one period expired. Taylor Schofield and Charlie Langi hit a basket each.
Wasatch Academy could only muster a field goal each by Eric Chen, Peter Manwell and Chris Kayonga in the first frame.
Dugway tacked on a 15-9 outburst in the second stanza to build a 28-15 edge at intermission.
Cody Stromberg paved the way with five points while Bate and Schofield chipped in with four points each. Langi also provided a field goal as well.
Tahara poured in four points while Manwell and Kayonga hit a basket each to aid the Tigers scoring in the period. Adam Gockley also hit a charity toss as well.
Wasatch Academy did chip away at the deficit with a 13-8 scoring advantage in the third period to pull to within 36-28 headed into the fourth period. Kayonga paved the way with four points on a pair of field goals while Tahara buried a 3- point shot and Chen and Gockley added three points each as well.
Bate fired in a 3-point missile and Schofield completed a threepoint play to trigger the Mustangs attack. Taylor Schofield also added a basket as well.
Dugway complete the game with an 18-14 cushion in the final frame of the game to put the victory on ice down the stretch. Schofield torched the nets for 14 points, including a nine of 10 performance from the charity stripe in the period, while Bate and Taylor Schofield added a pair of free throw each as well.
Tahara flipped in two 3-point shots in the quarter and Manwell hit a couple of field goals also. Chen and Kayonga also chipped in with a basket each.