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Opunui finds zone as Tigers cruise

With 4:30 left in the second quarter of Friday night's rematch with Mountain View, Orem coach Matt Logan called a time out for one reason - to get the ball to Shawn Opunui.

Opunui was on fire. He was so hot he could have gone toe-to-toe with Jeff Hornacek in last week's three-point contest. He was so hot he was keeping the pizza at the concession stands warm. After the timeout, Opunui curled around a pick and drained his fifth three-pointer of the first half to put Orem up 29-22."I guess I was just in the zone," Opunui said. "Personally, I wanted the game very badly. I've lost to these guys too many times."

Whatever Opunui had the in the first half he must have given it to his teammates, because Orem came out in the second half and shot 81 percent (13-of-16) from the field to hold off a game Mountain View bunch 73-63.

"We were a lot more patient tonight," Logan explained. "Plus, we weren't very happy with our performance last game (a loss to Timpanogos). It's a little easier to get the intesity back after a loss. The reason I'm so happy is because we beat a gret team."

Orem's sharp shooting helped the Tigers open up a 60-47 lead with 6:40 left in the game.

But the Bruins battled back and when Chris Hunter hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds left in the game, Orem's lead was down to just four points at 67-63.

The Tigers, however, weren't about to let this one slip away. Joel Clark iced the game by hitting four straight free throws in the final 29 seconds.

"We just got down too far to comeback against a great team," said Mountain View coach Rob Cuff. "They played one of the better games of the season. If they can play better than that, gee whiz."

For the game, Orem shot 71 percent from the field. The Tigers was especially deadly from the three-point line, hitting 8-of-12 shots.

Abney led Orem with 21 points. Opunui finished with 18, Clark had 17 and Clint Knapp scored 12 points to pace the Tigers.

Mountain View was led by Scott Henry's 17 points.