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OGDEN TOPS MOUNTAIN CREST FOR 2ND STRAIGHT 3A CROWN

Ogden High used an 11-3 run in overtime to win its second straight State 3A Boys Basketball Championship, Saturday at the Weber State University Dee Events Center, downing Mountain Crest 64-56.

"I was more relaxed in overtime than in regulation," said Ogden coach Mitch Wilcox. "As we sat on the bench before overtime I knew we were going to win - I could see the guys' eyes pumping.""Our trademark has been that we play about as hard as we need to to win and that was true tonight," Wilcox added.

Neal Geddes, whose two free throws gave Ogden the lead for good just 34 seconds into overtime, said once the Tigers got the lead, he knew they would win.

"Once we get the lead we feel we can win," Geddes said. "We have good ball handlers and we have confidence. I love this team - we've stuck together all year."

The overtime game was fitting on a night that saw three of four games go into extra periods. In earlier action, Payson squeaked by Sky View 71-70 in overtime for third and fourth respectively; Box Elder edged Jordan 52-51 in overtime for fifth and seventh place; and Murray edged Union, 69-66, in regulation for sixth and eighth place.

Ogden 64, Mountain Crest 56

Ogden opened the game with three treys to go up early 9-2. Mountain Crest answered back with a 7-0 run to tie the score before Ogden's Brandon Parker scored the next seven to offset a quarter ending Mountain Crest bucket for a 16-11 Ogden lead after one.

Ogden pushed back out to seven at 27-20 on Geddes' second trey of the game but Mountain Crest went on a 9-2 run to end the quarter to knot the halftime score at 29.

The lead changed hands eight times in the third period before Aaron Thatcher's put back at the buzzer gave Mountain Crest a 43-40 advantage. The Mustangs took their first lead of the game on back-to-back buckets by Thatcher to open the period, 33-29. The four-point edge didn't hold however as the teams traded baskets back and forth in the emotional period.

It was more of the same in the fourth quarter as neither team could take control. A three-point play by Brandt Wilcox to open the period gave Mountain Crest a six point lead at 46-40 but Ogden clawed back to take a 49-48 lead on Geddes' trey at the 2:04 mark. Mountain Crest used a trey by Jason Lyle to go back on top 52-51 at the 1:12 mark. Geddes hit a jumper to make it 53-52 but Thatcher answered back with a free throw at :15 to send it into overtime.

Geddes led the Tigers with 27 to go with 23 fromParker. Thatcher finished with 25 for Mountain Crest to go with 11 from Wilcox.

Payson 71, Sky View 70

Payson's Mark Bailey dropped in a 15 foot jumper from the left baseline with :02 to give the Lions a 71-70 overtime victory over Sky View and third place.

The Bobcats took a quick four-point lead in the extra period but couldn't hold it as Bryan Webb missed the front end of a one-and-one after Payson's Phil DeGraffenreid brought the Lions within one at 70-69 with a 35-foot trey. Sky View finished in fourth.

Payson jumped out to an early 7-2 lead and pushed it to 17-3 with 1:57 remaining in the first quarter before settling for a 19-10 edge after one. DeGraffenreid had two treys in the period.

Sky View began finding the range in the second quarter, nibbling away at the Payson lead to close within four, 28-24, at the two minute mark. A pair of free throws with :02 remaining kept the Bobcats within four, 32-28, at the half

It was still a four point game after three quarters, 48-44. Sky View drew within one at 41-40 at the 2:37 mark on a Shane Meacham drive, but Bailey and DeGraffenreid delivered a pair of treys to preserve the four-point margin.

Payson went ice-cold at the foul line as the Lions let an eight point lead slip away over the last :58. Payson missed the front end of three one-and-one opportunities and Sky View's Meacham knocked down a jumper from the top of the lane to send the game into overtime, 64-64.

For Payson, DeGraffenreid had 28, including six treys, and Bailey added 28. Sky View was led by Meacham with 21 and Greg Robertson with 19.

Box Elder 52, Jordan 53, overtime

Box Elder claimed fifth place after rallying back from 12 down at the half and going on to a 52-51 overtime win over Jordan, who finished seventh.

Ryan Shaw knocked in seven of his game-high 16 points in the third quarter as the Bees rallied back from a 28-16 deficit to knot the score at 36 after three periods. With the score tied at 49 with a minute left in regulation, neither team could get the go-ahead basket.

In overtime, Shaw got the ball down low and almost lost it out of bounds before recovering and knocking down the winning basket.

Shaw was the only one in double figures for Box Elder with 16. Jordan got 14 each from Steve Boyack and Koy Lombardi.

Murray 69, Union 66

Murray took a 17-16 lead following a hotly contested first quarter. The Spartans appeared to take control in the second period, out scoring the Cougars 18-11 to take a 35-27 halftime lead.

Johnny Angel began finding the range for Union in the third quarter, knocking down eight points as the Cougars rallied back to catch Murray at 51 after three quarters. Angel continued his hot hand, scoring 13 fourth quarter points, but it wasn't enough as Murray's Brian Anderson hit for nine in the quarter as the Spartans held on for a 69-66 win and sixth place.

Murray was paced by Kevin Carlston with 20, 18 from Anderson and 14 from Joey Johnsen. Angel had 29 for the eighth place Cougars to go with 13 from Guy Coleman.