Dugway looked to come out strong in the tournament opener against Valley and establish tempo and confidence.
But it was the Buffs that raced out of the gates with the game’s first 14 points and took a 17-3 lead and never trailed.
Although Dugway did manage to pull to within four points, the Mustangs could never quite recover from the sluggish start and Valley captured a 60-49 triumph March 2 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
George Williams popped the cords for 21 points and David Glover netted 14 to spearhead the Buffaloes’ early scoring. Jeff Reese hit for 12 and Jake Leigh hit for eight.
Taylor Schofield paced the Mustangs with a team high 14 while Dane Schofield and Jim Deppe contributed 11 each.
Charlie Langi also tossed in six.
The setback drops Dugway into a consolation bracket game against Duchesne and the Eagles took advantage of some lucrative breaks down the stretch to hold off the Mustangs and garner a 60- 56 win March 3 at SUU in Cedar City.
Sam Hoopes poured in a game high 20 and Kyle Lisonbee netted 13 for the victors. Skyler Brady hit for nine and Barry Hill tossed in seven for Duchesne.
Dane Schofield paced the Mustangs with a team high 18 and Langi contributed 16. Matt Bate chipped in with 10 and Taylor Schofield added seven. The two setbacks eliminated Dugway from state tournament play.
The Mustangs completed the season with a glossy 16-8 overall record.
Dugway Coach George Bruce said his team came out slow and Valley took full advantage to grab a lead it would never relinquish. “They came out and scored on their first seven possession and three of them were 3’s,” Bruce stated. “Next thing we know, we were down 17-3. We were able to close it to four late in the third quarter. We played a good ball game. We played well considering we dug ourselves a big hole. They did a very good job on Dane and Matt. It opened up Taylor, Charlie and Cody Stromberg.
“They were big and we had a little bit of trouble on the boards,” the coach added. “I knew it would be tough. Our team played hard and the effort was great. Matt, Dane and Charlie were absolutely professional and did everything to get the entire team ready, mentally and physically to play. I was happy.”
Valley 60 – Dugway 49
The Buffs came out firing and held off a Mustang rally throughout the affair to record a first round victory March 2 at SUU in Cedar City.
Glover quickly buried two straight 3-point bombs to open the game and Williams popped the nets for a field goal and another 3-point missile to stake Valley to a quick 11-0 lead. Glover added another basket while Williams chipped in with two more to stake the Buffs to a 17-3 advantage.
Dugway closed out the peri period with a 4-2 run and trailed 19-7 after one quarter expired. Stromberg pumped in three points in the first frame for the Mustangs while Bate and Dane Schofield added a basket each.
Dugway did outscore Valley 14-10 in the second stanza to slice the halftime deficit to 29- 21. Dane Schofield ignited the Mustang comeback bid with six points, including a 3-point bomb. Taylor Schofield and Langi contributed three points each. Deppe hit a field goal to cut into the Valley bulge.
Glover pumped in four points including his three 3-point shot of the game. Williams, Reese and Jake Leigh added a field goal each to stem the Dugway comeback bid.
Valley bounced right back after intermission to outscore Dugway 23-15 in the third quarter and take a 52-36 edge into the final frame of the game. Reed, Leigh and Williams all hit for six points each. Tyrell Roundy drilled a huge 3-point shot to trigger the pivotal outburst.
Dugway stayed close thanks to eight points from Taylor Schofield, including a pair of 3-point missiles and another 3-point bomb from big brother Dane Schofield. Bate and Deppe hit a basket each for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs chipped away at the Valley lead in the fourth period with a 13-8 outburst. Deppe led the way with seven points while Taylor Schofield and Langi netted three points each.
However, the Buffs kept the Mustangs’ total comeback at bay on four points from Reese and a field goal each by Williams and Michael Maxwell.
Dugway 83 – Wend. 61
Coach Bruce tied the coaching victories record when Dane Schofield and Matt Bate combined for 59 points and the Mustangs cruised to a decisive victory over the Wildcats Feb. 4 in Wendover.
Dugway captured a slim 16-15 lead after one period expired. Cody Stromberg gave the Mustangs a huge lift early with five points in the opening session while Charlie Langi and Dane Schofield chipped in with a pair of field goals each. Bate fired in a 3-point shot as well to give the visitors a slim onepoint lead after eight minutes expired.
Wendover stayed within striking distance when Matt Mascaro poured in five points and Sergio Sanchez netted four. Manuel Alvarez hit a 3-point bomb and Garrett Burningham hit a field goal to aid the effort.
The Mustangs raced to a 22-13 outburst in the second stanza to build a 38-28 intermission lead. Bate lit up the scoreboard for 12 points including three 3-point bombs, while Schofield provided the remaining 10 points to become a two-man offensive wrecking crew in the period for Dugway.
Mascaro fired in eight points, hitting his second 3-point missile of the game. Brayen Soriano chipped in with a 3-point shot along the way. Burningham contributed a field goal.
Mascaro pumped in a pair of charity tosses and Burningham added a five-foot jumper to pull the ’Cats to within 40-32 just 1:40 into the third period. However, Dugway reeled off a decisive 11-0 run in the next 2:23 to seize command of the contest and never looked back. Dane Schofield buried a five-foot jumper and two free throws and Bate fired in another 3-point bomb to ignite the run. Stromberg hit Dane Schofield with a perfect pass for a layup and Schofield returned the favor to Bate for a basket and all of the sudden Dugway relished a 51-32 lead with 3:57 left in the third period.
Wendover did close out the stanza with a 10-7 rally to pull to within 58-42 headed into the final frame of the game. Mascaro fueled the ’Cat attack with two free throws and a pair of layups and Lynn Maddox chipped in with two field goals to trigger the comeback bid.
But Dane Schofield countered with a pair of layups and a 12-foot jumper and Stromberg canned a free throw to fend off any hopes of a total Wendover comeback.
The two teams did trade basket for basket to open the fourth quarter and Wendover still only trailed 66-52 with 5:05 left in the contest.
Alvarez and Mascaro opened the final frame of the game with consecutive 3-point shots. Soriano hit a layup and Sanchez put in a rebound basket.
However, Dugway countered with Langi and Stromberg rebound baskets while Taylor and Dane Schofield hit layups to keep the Mustangs ahead by double digits.
Then the Mustangs put the victory on ice with a 10-0 run in the ensuing 3:33 to pull away with a 76-52 cushion and only 1:38 left in the game. Bate buried a five-foot jumper and then hit Langi with a perfect pass to lead to a layup and Taylor Schofield hit a charity toss. Langi and Stromberg added a layup each and Stromberg buried a charity toss to complete the 10-point swing and Dugway never looked back.
Dane Schofield canned five of six free throws down the stretch and Bate added two more while Wendover countered with two consecutive Soriano 3-point missiles and an Alvarez 3-point shot to close out the team’s scoring.
Schofield poured in a career high 35 and Bate popped the cords for 24 to ignite Dugway’s pivotal win. Stromberg contributed 11 and Langi hit for 10 in the victory.
Mascaro paced the Wildcats’ attack with a team high 24 and Soriano provided 12. Alvarez tossed in nine while Sanchez and Burningham fired in six each.