RIVERTON — Riverton guard Tye Stauffer said the math is simple.
"We beat No. 1 and we're No. 2," he said after Riverton's 62-61 victory Saturday night over previously unbeaten Layton. Now, he said, the Silverwolves should be No. 1 — and they will be when the new Class 5A basketball rankings are released Tuesday.
"I'm glad we're No. 1," he said. "I hope everyone comes at us. It makes us play harder."
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Stauffer poured in a game-high 25 points, including two clinching free throws with 8.7 seconds left to lead the Silverwolves (6-1) to the 1-point victory.
"I think there are eight of us that can be No. 1," Riverton coach Steve Galley said. "We're flattered and we'll take the mantle."
Although the Silverwolves don't open Region 2 play until next week, Galley said Saturday's contest was indicative of what region play will be like.
"We treated this game like a region game," Galley said. "Layton's like Alta, Brighton, West Jordan, Bingham and Hillcrest. It's going to be like this night in and night out. You're going to have to win close games and battle all sorts of adversity."
The Silverwolves battled early foul trouble to McCade Olsen and Aaron Watson, terrible foul shooting (18-for-30), and poor execution in breaking the Layton press, but having the lead made those things a little easier to deal with.
There were 12 lead changes or ties in the first quarter before Layton took a four-point lead at 19-15 on a three-point play by Nate Denny less than a minute into the second quarter.
Stauffer had back-to-back baskets to begin a 10-2 Riverton run which turned to a 25-21 lead. The Silverwolves led 30-24 at the half.
In a stretch of the third quarter Stauffer scored nine straight points for the Silverwolves as they built their biggest lead of the game at 42-30 with 3:29 left in the quarter.
The Lancers (8-1) opened the final quarter with a 15-6 run to tie the score at 56-all with 3:11 left. Trace Applegate had five points in that run. Layton trailed by two and had the ball in the final seconds but Olsen came up with a steal that set up Stauffer's two game-winning foul shots.
"There's nobody else I want at the line with a game-deciding free throw," Galley said. "It didn't surprise me he knocked them down. He has a big heart."
Applegate buried a 30-footer as time expired to make it a one-point game.
"We've had a couple of those that we've blown," Stauffer said. "We weathered the storm and fought back and played better than they did."
Olsen finished with 17 points for Riverton, while Applegate finished with 17 for Layton and Scott Fitzgerald had 15.
In other boys action Saturday:
LEHI 58, CANYON VIEW 37: Will Hyde led 11 Pioneers in scoring with 13 points, as Lehi took a double-digit lead in the first half and sailed through the second.
NORTHRIDGE 83, BONNEVILLE 65:Matt Emadi scored 27 points as the Knights withstood 14 3-pointers from the Lakers.
HILLCREST 39, CLEARFIELD 32:Bryon Leavitt scored 15 points as the Huskies improved to 4-3.
FREMONT 54, BINGHAM 49:Beau and Jared Hadley combined for 26 points to lead Fremont.
HUNTER 58, MONTCLAIR PREP, CALIF. 57:Chase Helm scored the game-winner for the Wolverines with 12 seconds on the clock. He finished the game with 11 points. Otis Nelson added 11 points and 13 boards, and Tarell Richards scored 12.
EAST JESSAMINE, KY. 79, BOUNTIFUL 72: In the championship game of the Surf 'N Slam Tournament, the Braves fell behind in the second quarter and never recovered.
NORTH SANPETE 56, WASATCH 55:Jeff Wright made a layup with two seconds left to lift the Hawks. Brett Seely scored 20 points.
TIMPVIEW 77, BONITA VISTA 63:Travis Clyde scored 17 to lead Timpview, which took third in the National Prep Classic.
HIGHLAND, CALIF. 71, PINE VIEW 61: Pine View managed only eight points in the first quarter, and fell too far behind to earn the win.
SOUTH SEVIER 72, BRYCE VALLEY 63:Brian Morgan scored 17 points to lead South Sevier to third place at the Cowboy Classic. David Mathews had a game-high 23 for Bryce Valley.
JUAB 48, RICHFIELD 35:Riley Park scored 15 points to lead the Wasps.
MONTICELLO 58, SAN JUAN 57:Clint Adams, who would finish with a game-high 20 points, hit a pair of free throws with two seconds on the clock for Monticello.
GUNNISON 72, KANAB 58: Cowboy Classic MVP Logan Christensen scored 14 points, and four other Bulldogs scored in double figures to capture the tournament title. Kanab's Colt Neiman led all scorers with 21.
JUAN DIEGO 70, ALTAMONT 28:Ben Sehy scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Juan Diego rolled.
GREEN RIVER 78, WEST DESERT 58: Gabrin Ekker scored 32 points to give the Pirates third place in the Wayne Classic.
RICH 82, ESCALANTE 69:Colby Holmes made four 3-pointers and scored 21 points as the Rebels routed the Moquis. Nathan Lyman led Escalante with 33 points.
PIUTE 69, DUGWAY 66: Piute escaped with a narrow win, but it wasn't easy. The two teams combined for 58 personal fouls and 85 free throw attempts. Josh Kellum and Rowdy Smith both scored 19 for Piute.
SOUTH SUMMIT 76, WAYNE 62: The Wildcats won the championship at the Wayne Classic.
RED BLUFF, CALIF. 46, BEAVER 45:Travis Bunker scored 21 points, but the Beavers fell in the National Prep Classic.
SKYLINE 42, VIEWMONT 39: With 10 seconds left and Skyline leading by one, Lizzy Terry stole an inbounds pass and scored an easy two to lock up the win. Amy Grimm and Carly Walton had 10 each for the Eagles.
TABIONA 40, BRYCE VALLEY 37:Nikkie Bagley led Tabiona with nine points in a low-scoring win.
HUNTER 50, HILLCREST 48: The Wolverines missed six free throws in the final minute but held on to win. Taylor Richards led Hunter with 14 points.
TIMPANOGOS 42, RIVERTON 41: Riverton led by one with 11 seconds left, but Beth Robertson hit a jumper to steal the win for Timpanogos. Robertson finished with 14.
BOUNTIFUL 57, BONNEVILLE 39:Nancy Seljaas led the Braves with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Ali Aird added 19.
BEAVER 66, DIXIE 57:Cami Barton paced Beaver with 18 points.
OGDEN 44, MOUNTAIN CREST 34:Amber McCoy led Ogden with 12 points, as the Tigers held Mountain Crest to just two points in the first quarter.
ENTERPRISE 74, CEDAR 44: Sam Moyle scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Moquis.
PINE VIEW 55, NORTH SANPETE 44:Tara Esplin scored 23 points to give the Panthers their third win of the season.
EMERY 52, UINTAH 21:Holly Bell rang up 17 points as the Spartans improved to 4-6.
UNION 61, KEARNS 54:Janeen Nelson's 15 led Union, who had four players score in double figures.
BINGHAM 46, LAYTON 42: The Miners held off a fourth-quarter Layton charge to hang on for the victory.