SOUTH JORDAN — Bingham coach John Bosco sounded like he had just won an academy award following the Miners' 61-55 Region 2 victory over Jordan Wednesday night. In a roundabout way, he thanked just about everyone for his team's 2-0 league record.
"We played a tough preseason," Bosco said. "We played seven teams that I didn't know if we could beat or not. But those seven teams made us better."
The Miners went 4-3 with wins over Timpanogos, Mountain View, Skyline and Olympus, and losses to Davis, Fremont and North Forsyth, N.C., at the Ragu Classic.
After what some would call a mediocre preseason record, the Miners are the only undefeated team in league play and are banging hard on the door of the Class 5A rankings. They host Alta (0-2, 4-5) Friday.
"We like where we're at," Bosco said. "No one has to pay attention to us."
Certainly folks will be paying more attention, especially after Mike Clark and Josh Newbold scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, in the six-point victory over No. 5 Jordan.
"We don't look to them to score, but they score within the framework of our offense," Bosco said. "We're not calling plays for them. They're working to get their shots and they got them."
In his last three games, Clark, who is averaging 13.1 points a game, has scored 13, 17 and 22 points.
"He's getting better and getting in shape. He's tough to cover," Bosco said of Clark. "He's getting comfortable out there."
Bingham trailed 15-14 at the end of the first quarter but took advantage of poor Jordan shooting in the second quarter. The two teams traded baskets for the first two minutes of the quarter before Newbold drained back-to-back 3-pointers to start the Miners on a 13-5 run to end the half. They led 31-21 at halftime.
The Beetdiggers (1-1, 5-3) hit just 3 of 12 3-point attempts in the first half.
"You have to give Bingham credit. They were doing a lot of good things. They were playing with a lot of intensity," Jordan coach Hal Hale said. "We probably helped them out with our shot selection. Anytime you do that then it's going to help the other team because they are going to feel better about themselves and what they are doing."
The Beetdiggers trailed by nine with 5:04 left in the third quarter, but the Miners answered with a 14-5 run to take a 19-point lead with just over a minute left in the third quarter. In those three quarters, the Bingham defense allowed the Beetdiggers points on back-to-back possessions only twice.
Weston Bell led the 'Diggers with 14 points, while Jared True finished with 11 points.
BRIGHTON 50, ALTA 48: Jonnie Knoble made a putback at the buzzer to lift the Bengals over the Hawks.
COPPER HILLS 67, WEST JORDAN 63:Scott Kemp and Brock Hyatt scored 18 points apiece to lead the Grizzlies.
RIVERTON 56, HILLCREST 34:McCade Olsen was the only player in double figures. He finished with 18.
LOGAN 51, MOUNTAIN CREST 40:Chase Cutler hit 12 for Logan as the Grizzlies scored 19 in the fourth to get the win.
BONNEVILLE 68, SKY VIEW 67:Jason Budge, who finished with 28 points and six 3-pointers, drained the game-winning trey as time expired. Andrew Rich chipped in with 10 points, while Nate Buttars had 16 to lead Sky View. The Lakers trailed by 15 points heading into the final quarter.
BOX ELDER 79, ROY 73 (OT):Jared Quayle scored 22 to lead Box Elder, and Jared Kaminska scored 11 of his 21 in overtime to get the win.
WASATCH 63, PARK CITY 56:Josh Cottle scored 15 points as the Wasps erased a 13-point fourth quarter deficit. Robbie Farr added 12 for Wasatch.
JUDGE MEMORIAL 77, GRANITE 39:Joe Sasich scored 23 points as the Bulldogs bit the Farmers.
GUNNISON 63, NORTH SEVIER 60 (OT): Gunnison got the win behind 30 points from Jake Hill and Logan Christensen.
MANTI 82, SOUTH SEVIER 55: Cameron Clark scored 20 points to lead the Templars. Kevin Cox and James Peterson added 15 points apiece.
SOUTH SUMMIT 52, JUAN DIEGO 48:Cole Sorenson had 14 points as the Wildcats scored a narrow win.
NORTH SUMMIT 65, ROWLAND HALL 50: Craig Louder and Jake Downard scored 12 points apiece to lead the Braves. Rowland Hall's Brandon Rasmusson led all scorers with 21 points.
REGION 16 S.
GRAND 68, GREEN RIVER 56:James Bane scored 25 points as the Red Devils improved to 6-3. Gabrin Ekker scored 24 to lead Green River.
DUGWAY 64, WENDOVER 50:Nathan Nelson led Dugway with 29 points.
WEST DESERT 52, EAST CARBON 36: West Desert jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Drew Alder led with 20.
PAYSON 69, TIMPANOGOS 52:Waylen Burgess and Michael Provstgaard combined for 42 points in the win for Payson.
PROVO 62, MOUNTAIN VIEW 47:Danny Robertson led Provo with 21 points. Provo took advantage of a 16-7 run in the second quarter.
OREM 61, SPRINGVILLE 44: Andy Evans scored 21 points as the Tigers improved to 7-4.
JUAB 57, NORTH SANPETE 53: Juab built a lead in the first and held out through the fourth. Devon Jones had 23.
UINTAH 65, UNION 64:Sterling Littlegeorge made six of Uintah's 13 3-pointers as the Utes edged the Cougars. Brandon Johnson added 16 points.
PAROWAN 66, MILFORD 40:Trevor Yardley led all scorers with 21 points. Parowan held Milford to six points in the second quarter.
RICH 76, UINTAH RIVER 47:Kyle Motta and Blake Pugmire combined for 33 points as Rich beat Uintah River.
JUDGE MEMORIAL 49, GRANITE 22:Briane Tweedy scored 10 for Judge as the Bulldogs pounded Granite.
WASATCH 89, PARK CITY 39:Shalee Fackrell scored 30 for the Wasps. She was a perfect 12-12 from the line and added 14 rebounds.
UNION 58, UINTAH 18: Mali Harrison scored 15 points to keep the Utes winless.
BEAR RIVER 47, GRANTSVILLE 32:Courtnie Woerner scored 18 points in the second half as the Bears dominated.
MORGAN 71, BEN LOMOND 46: After a tight first half, Morgan ran away with it in the second. Vera Whitear finished with 19 points and 11 steals.
OGDEN 68, TOOELE 31:Katie Adams led the Tigers offense with 12 points, but it was defense that secured the win. Ogden didn't give up a basket in the second quarter and led by 42 after three.
REGION 16 N.
RICH 62, UINTAH RIVER 25: Eleven players scored for Rich, led by Bridget Norris who had 11.
BEAVER 69, PANGUITCH 26:Cammie Barton scored 19 points as the Beavers blasted the Bobcats.