Back on Jan. 6 Stansbury and Ogden were deadlocked at the end of regulation and the Tigers escaped with a sixpoint victory in overtime on their own floor.
The Stallions didn’t even come close Wednesday night in a rematch with the Tigers on the Stansbury floor losing in a blowout 67-41.
The loss was a costly one for the Stallions who were 4-4 in Region 11 and in a threeway tie for third place with Ogden and Bear River before Wednesday’s games. The loss combined with Bear River’s win over Grantsville drops the Stallions down to fifth place in the region. The top four Region 11 teams qualify for the state tournament.
Ogden’s Spencer Smith opened the game with a 3-point basket and it was only a sign of more 3-pointers to come. The hot-shooting guard connected on three 3-pointers for the game and scored a game-high 18 points. Teammate Blake Newman was also on fire shooting the basket. The senior guard popped two 3-pointers and ended up scoring 17 points. Meanwhile, senior forward Lyden Egbert scored most of his 14 points inside.
Smith is probably growing fond of playing basketball in Tooele Valley. He scored a season- high 39 points at Tooele with nine 3-pointers and the Tigers won that game by 16. Smith will play his final Region 11 game this year at Grantsville on Feb. 10.
The Stallions sliced the lead to 3-2 on a Kirby Harris jumper and then did not score for more than six minutes of play. Finally, Wyatt Branch connected on a short baseline jumper to make it 11-4 for Ogden after one.
Jake Witkowski scored on a baseline drive to cut Ogden’s lead to 11-6, but the Stallions stayed on six points for the next four minutes while Ogden went on a 10-point run which included two 3-pointers from Newman. Niko Chacon finally snapped the Stallion scoring drought with a basket, but the Ogden lead ballooned to 29-8 at intermission.
The Stallions were able to score 13 points in the third quarter, but the Tigers continued their demolition project with 23 points in the quarter themselves to extend the lead 54-21 after three. Ryan Robbins scored seven of his team-high 11 points in the third while Harris and Witkowski connected on 3-pointers.
Players who see limited time in varsity games were getting their chance in the final six minutes of the game and the final two minutes of the game gave sophomore Tanner Barton a chance to show off his shooting skills. Barton hit back-to-back 3-pointers and then picked off a pass and scored a lay-up for eight quick points.
Stansbury scoring: Robbins 11, Barton 8, Harris 7, Witkowski 5, Logan Stegelmeier 4, Chacon 4, Branch 2.
The Stallions play their final three region games at home hosting Bear River on Wednesday, Feb. 8; Ben Lomond on Friday, Feb. 10; and Morgan on Tuesday, Feb. 14.