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OGDEN GETS AN EXTRA DAY TO DEFEND ITS 3A BOYS TITLE

Defending champion Ogden, 19-2, will have an extra day to sit back and observe and otherwise prepare for the boys 3A state basketball tournament that begins just a few blocks down Harrison Street Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Weber State University.

The Tigers, unbeaten at 12-0 in Region 5 play and the Deseret News' No. 1-ranked team the past month, don't have to make the long, grueling trek from their high-school campus to the Dee Events Center until Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., when they'll tip off the second day of the tournament.Bountiful, 10-10, the No. 4 team out of Region 6, is first up for Ogden, which probably doesn't need the rest since it hasn't played since Feb. 22 when Neal Geddes solidified his average at 18.5 with a 24-point night to lead the Tigers past Ben Lomond.

Monday's opening round of play in the six-day, double-elimination tourney in Ogden's backyard will start with a 2:30 p.m. game pitting Region 6 champion Jordan, 13-7, the No. 3-ranked team in the state, against 11-10 Pine View out of Region 8.

At 4:10 p.m. Monday, the Deseret News' No. 2 team, Mountain Crest, a former No. 1 pick, will put its 15-5 record up against 15-5 Emery. Evening play gets under way at 6:30 with Spanish Fork against 13-7 Murray. And the Monday finale is fifth-ranked Lehi, 14-7, against fourth-ranked Sky View, 16-6.

On Tuesday, following Ogden-Bountiful, it's 15-5 Tooele against 10-10 Springville at 4:10 p.m. and 15-5 Union against 13-7 Box Elder at 6:30 p.m. Last to get their feet wet in the 16-team playoff are 11-9 Region 8 champion Payson against 10-10 Granite, the fifth team out of Region 6.

The tourney splits into winners' and consolation brackets for play Wednesday and Thursday, when there are four games each that eliminate two second-time losers each day. On Friday, it's six games, with the semifinals at 7:10 for the upper bracket and 8:50 for the lower bracket.

There are four more games Saturday with the playoff for third and fourth at 6 p.m. and the championship at 8 p.m.