Logan improved its late season hot streak to three wins against valley rival Mountain Crest last night. Mt. Crest stepped out to defend their home court and try to beat the team that dealt them a 25 point loss earlier in the season. They kept the game close up to the third quarter, but a big fourth quarter by Logan lead to another disappointing Mustang loss, 66-47.
Mt. Crest began the game with an intensity that temporarily stunned the Logan defense. Mt. Crest scored six quick points in the paint and held Logan scoreless in the first two minutes. Tanner Kirby of Mt. Crest scored six points, establishing a presence down low in the first half.
“We were able to shock them there at the beginning,” commented Mountain Crest head coach Graydon Buchmiller after the game.
After a slow start Logan called a timeout, regrouped and retaliated with a press that proved to be integral in their win. Logan went on a 15-2 run. Their offense came to life because of their defense. They scored off of three Mt. Crest turnovers and rattled the Mustangs’ confidence and flow. Logan held a 15-8 advantage after the first quarter and never trailed again.
The Grizzlies began to make their open shots and be aggressive on both offense and defense. Logan’s offense was fueled by a team effort on the scoring with five different players contributing. Mt. Crest held on tight though, and made big plays of their own. Big man Tanner Kirby and guard Jaxon Brenchley combined for nine of Mt. Crests’ 14 points in the second quarter to keep their team close. The Mustangs only trailed by six going into halftime.
To begin the third quarter, Logan tried to create some distance between them and their opponent with their press. They created a few Mustang turnovers and began to pull away a little bit. But, once again the Mustangs wouldn’t go away quietly and ended the third quarter with a pair of made three-pointers by Kaedon Buchmiller and Spencer Coombs to keep them within striking distance.
Still anyone’s ball game going into the fourth quarter, it seemed Mt. Crest’s luck just ran out. Logan’s Marcus Maes, who scored 13 points in the game, made a three pointer on Logan’s first trip down the court, scoring three of his nine fourth quarter points.
Logan began to slow down the tempo of their offense and hold onto the ball. This forced Mt. Crest to press which left their defense scrambling and resulted in many easy baskets for the Grizzlies. Through great execution on their part Logan quickly turned a seven point lead into a 19 point victory.
“I thought our guys were really poised…controlling the basketball, taking good high-percentage shots at the rim,” said Logan Grizzlies head basketball coach Logan Brown after the game.
Logan improves to second place in region standings with an 8-3 record and hopes to improve on their record Friday against Box Elder to reinforce their spot there. Mt. Crest drops to 3-7 and has two more games, one against Roy and the other against Sky View, both who will be hungry for wins to keep themselves high in the playoff race.