Dugway know what is at stake down the stretch of the 2004-05 regular season.
The Mustangs want to at least gain a share of the Region 18 boys basketball title and to do that the local squad must register road victories at Eureka and Mt. Pleasant this week to make sure of capturing another coveted league crown.
Dugway hits to the road to Tintic Wednesday for a key 6 p.m. affair and ventures to Wasatch Academy Friday for a 7 p.m. contest to close out the region slate. The west desert school hasn’t taken to the hardwoods since last Tuesday’s lopsided triumph over East Carbon.
If the Mustangs sweep the two affairs this week, Dugway at least would share the region title with West Desert. However, for the Mustangs to gain the region crown outright, Dugway must record a sweep and hope for Wendover to upset the Hawks in Trout Creek Wednesday.
West Desert now sports a 10-1 league record while Dugway is 9-1 in region play. The Mustangs also sport a 14-5 overall mark on the year as well.
Dugway Coach George Bruce said his team needs to become more intense and focused on the defensive and rebounding aspect of the game to become a force down the stretch.
“We’re still trying to work through some intensity questions on our teeam,” he noted. “We need to be more consistent and aggressive on defense and rebounding. We have far too much talent on this team to be playing like we have. If we could play up to our capabilities, we could play with anyone in the state. But if we don’t we can get beat by anyone in the state.”
Dugway 72 – West Desert 58
The Mustangs used another strong second quarter performance to build a large lead and held on for a league triumph over the Hawks Jan. 26 at Dugway.
West Desert actually grabbed a slim 19-18 lead after one period expired in the affair. Grant Anderson popped the nets for seven points and Chris Green hit for six to pave the way for the early Hawk outburst. Preston Alder also chipped in with a pair of field goals and Christian Allred contributed a basket as well.
Dane Schofield pumped in seven points, including a 3-point bomb, while Langi tossed in six to keep the Mustangs within striking distance after eight minutes expired. Taylor Schofield also hit a three-point play and Deppe canned a pair of charity tosses.
Dugway erupted for a 26-7 assault in the second stanza to build a 44-26 edge at intermission. Taylor Schofield and Bate flipped in seven each and Langi hit for six to trigger the pivotal outburst. Dane Schofield also buried four straight free throws and Cody Stromberg added a field goal to aid the effort and stake the Mustangs to an 18-point lead at the halftime break.
The Hawks could only muster four points from Preston Alder and a 3-point bomb from Anderson to complete the point production in the quarter. West Desert bounced back in the third quarter to outscore Dugway 22-14 and chip away at the deficit and pull to within 58-48 headed down the stretch. Christian Allred pumped in six points and Mel Green poured in five to lead the way for the Hawks. Tyler Bronson and Anderson recorded four points each and Preston Alder buried a 3- point bomb to ignite the comeback bid.
Dane Schofield drilled a perfect six-of-six free throws in the frame and Bate tossed in five points as well. Stromberg also contributed a basket and Langi added a free throw to allow Dugway to relish a double digit lead headed into the final frame of the game.
The Mustangs recorded a 14-10 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to ice the league victory. Bate and Schofield led the way with six points each in the frame and Stromberg added a field goal also.
Mark Johnson hit for a pair of field goals while Green, Preston Alder and Christian Allred added a basket each as well.
Dane Schofield poured in a game high 23 and Bate pumped in another 18. Charlie Langi also provided 13 and Taylor Schofield hit for 10. Grant Anderson led the way for the Hawks with a team high 14 and Preston Alder flipped in 13 as well. Christian Allred also chipped in with 10 as well.
Christian Heritage 65 – Dugway 59
The Crusaders rolled to a hard-fought triumph over the Mustangs Dec. 7 in Riverdale. Dugway raced to a 16-12 advantage after one quarter, thanks to eight points from Dane Schofield and six by Bate, all on 3-point shots. Taylor Schofield added a field goal to build the slim cushion after eight minutes elapsed.
Cody Thompson and Shaun Sandman pumped in four points each. Brendan Rhead and Justin Watts fired in a field goal each to keep the Crusaders within striking distance.
Both teams tallied 15 points in the second stanza and Dugway still managed to cling to a four-point lead, 31-27, at the halftime break. Langi led the way for the Mustangs with six points and Stromberg flipped in five. Bate hit for a pair of field goals to account for the difference in the cushion.
Casey Thompson got hot with eight points in the period, including a pair of 3-point bombs. Cody Thompson netted three points. Christian Heritage came out of the locker room and doubled up the visitors, 16-8, in the third quarter to build a 43-39 advantage.
Taylor Schofield uncorked a 3-point shot while Dane Schofield and Stromberg chipped in with a field goal each to aid the Mustang offensive performance.
in the frame. Langi buried a charity toss.
The Crusaders completed the preseason affair with a slim 22-20 outburst in the fourth quarter to fend off the Mustang victory bid.
Bate ripped the cords for eight points in the period and Dane Schofield popped the nets for six. Taylor Schofield contributed a 3-point bomb and Kirk Donahue canned a pair of charity tosses. Stromberg added a free throw.
Thompson fired in 24 and Sandman popped the nets for 16. Rhead also chipped in with 10. Bate led the way for Dugway with 18 points and Dane Schofield hit for 16.