Dugway looked to stay alive in the Class 1A State Boys Basketball tournament with a consolation bracket victory March 3.
But the Mustangs knew it needed to overcome a talented Duchesne squad to advance and stay alive in the prestigious tournament. The Eagles outscored the Mustangs in the first three periods of the game and held off a furious comeback bid down the stretch to register a 60-56 victory over Dugway and eliminate the Mustangs from state play at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
Sam Hoopes pumped in a game high 20 and Kyle Lisonbee fired 13 for the victors. Skyler Brady also tossed in nine and Barry Hill netted seven for Duchesne.
Dane Schofield led the Mustangs with a team high 18 and Langi poured in 16 as well. Matt Bate chipped in with 10 and Taylor Schofield added seven.
The Mustangs completed the season with a glossy 16-8 overall record.
Dugway Coach George Bruce said his team showed tremendous poise to battle all the way back and have a chance to win the game in the end.
“It was a good ball game,” he said. “They were a good ball team. The defense started to click start of the fourth quarter and we hit some big shots. The shots that weren’t falling earlier started falling.
We chipped away at it and got it to two. We had a couple of questionable calls that hurt us down the stretch but they didn’t lose the game. It was a good game between two good teams and unfortunately someone had to lose and it just happened to be us. We played in a tough bracket. There were no excuses. We knew it would be tough going in.
The veteran coach added to his Utah State boys basketball career coaching victories with 538 and still maintained a 10 game cushion on runner-up Jim Yerkovich of Judge Memorial.
A story on the season overall will be published in a future edition.
Duch. 60 – Dugway 56
The Eagles parlayed a couple of breaks down the stretch in the waning seconds to hold off the Mustangs March 3 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
Duchesne raced to a slim 12- 8 lead after one period expired, thanks to seven points from Hoopes and two points each from Nick Karren and Lisonbee.
Langi kept Dugway close with a pair of baskets while Dane Schofield and Taylor Schofield fired in two points each.
The Eagles outscored the Mustangs 17-14 in the second stanza to build a 29-22 cushion at intermission. Brady poured in six points and Hoopes netted five to pave the way for the attack. Todd Wilkerson also contributed three points and Lisonbee added a basket to extend the margin to seven at the break.
Dane Schofield uncorked a pair of 3-point bombs to ignite the Mustangs offense while Bate hit another to aid the effort. Taylor Schofield also buried three charity tosses and Langi added a field goal to move Dugway to within seven points of the Duchesne advantage by halftime.
Duchesne also posted a slim 14-13 scoring edge in the third quarter as well to take a 43-35 lead into the final frame of the game. Hoopes once again ignited the Eagles charge with six points on three baskets and Lisonbee flipped in four as well. Barry Hill and Karren also hit a field goal each to keep the Mustangs at bay.
Dane Schofield triggered the Dugway comeback bid with five points and B ate unloaded a 3-point missile to aid the effort. Langi and Cody Stromberg also added a basket each and Jim Deppe canned a free throw as well.
The Mustangs did make a game of it with a 21-17 cushion in the fourth quarter scoring. Langi ignited the Dugway rally with eight points, including a 3-point bomb, and Dane Schofield poured in five. Bate also tossed in a pair of baskets while Taylor Schofield and Deppe chipped in with two points each.