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Silverwolves rebound for win

OGDEN — In the first 12 minutes against the defending champion Davis Darts, Riverton did just about everything it didn't want to.

The team didn't shoot well or dictate the tempo, and worst of all, the Silverwolves trailed by 11.

It took Riverton an extra four minutes to overcome the first-half hiccups before pulling out the 44-41 overtime victory over the Darts to advance to the Class 5A semifinals.

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Sophomore forward Joseph Darger scored eight of his 10 points in the second half and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, and junior Jon Hansen nailed three three-pointers in the final 16 minutes in leading the Silverwolves to the come-from-behind victory.

"We've got to have him. We don't think of him as a sophomore," Riverton coach Steve Galley said. "The thing about Joe is he never gets to high or too low. He has a steady personality . . . He hung in there until he game came to make things happen."

Darger scored Riverton's final five points in regulation with a three-pointer to tie the game at 34-34 and two foul shots to give them a two-point lead with 2:20 left.

Davis' Ryan Flint, who scored a team-high 12 points, sent the game into overtime with two foul shots.

Both teams had shots near the end of regulation, including Flint's half-court shot at the buzzer that rimmed out.

After Davis took a two-point lead in overtime, Darger hit one of two foul shots and Jason Ford followed with five of Riverton's next seven points from the foul line.

Riverton went to the foul line 24 times in the second half and made 14 while Davis was 6-for-10 for the game and 4-of-6 in the second.

With 4:05 left in the second quarter, Davis led 18-7, but the Silverwolves whittled the lead down to six at the break. Riverton tied the score on a three-pointer by Hansen with 5:44 left and two minutes later it took its first lead of the game on a Darger foul shot.

Nick Booth led all Riverton scorers with 14 points, and Ford finished with 11.

Dart Carter Burningham had 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals.


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