OGDEN — The Roy Royals are the second straight team to be hustled by the hustling Orem Tigers at the 4A state tournament.
The Tigers came into the playoffs as a sub-.500 team with a 10-11 record. But after dismantling the Provo Bulldogs on Monday, Orem did the same Wednesday night in ripping Roy 50-28.
The talk in the Dee Events Center following the game is that the Tigers are a bunch of regular-season frauds. Their showing that they're much better than their mediocre record. But what most people don't remember is that Orem had to win its final three games and a coin flip just to get a spot in the big dance.
"We believe in us, and we're just playing well together as a team," said Orem forward Lincoln Reid, who again ignited the crowd and his teammates with two monster dunks on lob passes.
Orem controlled the game from the opening tip, pulling out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter. The Tigers maintained that lead heading to the locker room.
Roy acted like it wanted to stay in the game, but midway through the third period the Tigers went on a 9-0 run. They again went on another 9-0 run to open the fourth. When Reid slammed home his second dunk with five minutes left in the game, Orem was up by 25 and the rest of the game wasn't much to watch, with Roy only scoring four more points and the Tigers one.
"We get a little momentum going after I dunk like that and it gets me going as well," said Reid, a transfer student from Australia.
Reid finished with 13 and Jonny Nielsen 12. But Nielsen, a senior guard, had an outstanding game by also grabbing 11 rebounds. It was the second straight game that Orem has shot 68 percent from the field.
Shawn Jensen led Roy with 10 points. The Royals made only one of 19 three-point attempts.