Logan shocks Roy with beat-down, Bobcats falter at Box Elder

Logan and Roy players battle for a ball during the Grizzlies game against the Royals in Logan on Jan. 23, 2013. 

<strong>ROY—</strong> Logan dominated from start to finish as the Grizzlies kept their state playoff hopes alive with a 58-32 drubbing of the Roy Royals Wednesday night. Jordan Larsen connected on five shots from beyond the arc, and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the Grizzlies.

Big-time college prospect Brekkott Chapman finished with 22 points for the Royals, but no other Roy player scored more than six, as the Royals struggled to generate offense throughout the night. Logan more than doubled up Roy on made field goals for the game as the Grizzlies tallied 22 made shots to just 10 for the Royals.

After a relatively close first quarter that saw Logan with a 17-12 lead at the end of it, things just went downhill from there for Roy. The Grizzlies led 31-18 at the break, added four more points to their lead in the third quarter, and then outscored the Royals 13-4 in the fourth to secure the win.

At 10-10 overall, Logan sits in fifth place in the Region 5 standings with a 3-5 record, trailing both Box Elder and valley-rival Sky View who are tied at 4-4 in the standings. The Grizzlies will host Box Elder Friday at 7 p.m. – a team they lost 89-87 to in double-overtime earlier this season – in a game that could determine the final playoff team.

<strong>BEES 72, BOBCATS 69</strong>

Sky View fell behind early, battled back, and then couldn’t hold on as they dropped a road game at Box Elder to fall into a tie with the Bees in the Region 5 standings.

In a battle of some of 4A’s top scorers, Box Elder’s Shad Watson bested Jalen Moore as Watson tallied 36 points to Moore’s 25. The Bees, and especially Watson, scorched the nets in the first quarter to the tune of 30 points, as the home team built a 30-23 lead.

Box Elder stretched that lead to 10 at the half, 43-33, but Sky View rallied in the second half behind Moore and Ty Nielsen who finished with 22 points of his own. The Bobcats scored 20 points in the third quarter to pull within six, and then took a 69-67 lead late in the fourth quarter.

However, that is the final points that Sky View would score. Box Elder scored the final five points of the game to retake the lead and hold on for the win. Senior Matt Dewey also chipped in 11 points for the Bobcats.

Sky View has a tough road ahead as the Bobcats travel to Region 5 leader and valley-rival Mountain Crest Friday. The Mustangs blasted the Bobcats in Smithfield earlier this season. Sky View will then finish off the regular season with a home game against second-place Roy, who also defeated the Bobcats earlier this season.

Both games are very important, as SV is tied with Box Elder for the third and fourth (final) Region 5 playoff spot at 4-4 in region play, with valley-rival Logan lurking right there at 3-5 in the region.


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