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Boys’ Basketball Starts the Season 2-1

Article Date: 
9 December, 2011 (All day)

The Morgan High Basketball team started the season with three games last week.   On Wednesday they traveled to Juan Diego to play the Soaring Eagles who moved to region 10 this year.  It was Juan Diego’s second game of the year having beaten Bear River on the road by three points.  The Trojans were off to a great start with Garrett Kuns hitting his first four baskets for eight points. The Trojan defense was strong, holding Juan Diego to two baskets and only seven points.  The Trojans led 15-7 at the end of the first quarter and during the second quarter Boston Saunders scored all of Morgan’s 9 points putting the team in the lead by three at halftime. In the third quarter Juan Diego outscored the Trojans 19-8 taking an eight point lead, but the Trojans mounted a great comeback during the fourth quarter. Down by 10 with fewer than 3 minutes to go, Jake Miles caught fire and scored 10 points from the field to help gain the lead.  Finishing it off, Colby Skinner hit a huge 3 and the team made 8 of 9 free throws to ice the 55-49 victory. 

On Friday and Saturday the team traveled to Richfield to take part in the 3A challenge at the Sevier Center.  Friday they matched up with the second ranked team in the state, Hurricane. The Tigers, who won the state football championship, were still trying to find their basketball legs and Morgan jumped out to a 17-11 first quarter lead. During the next two quarters Hurricane outscored the Trojans by 10 points taking a four point lead into the fourth quarter.  The Tigers continued to increase their lead and were up by 10 before the Trojans made their comeback. Swish Wiscombe hit back to back threes to start the rally and the Trojans outscored the Tigers 19-8 in the fourth, earning a 7 point victory.  Jake Miles led three players in double figures with 22.

On Saturday the Trojans faced an experienced Cedar team with three returning starters back from a state tournament team last year.  Cedar’s overall height and speed at the point guard position proved too much for the Trojans in this contest.  Even though the Trojans outscored the Redmen 31-26 from the field it wasn’t enough to overcome the disparity from the free throw line. 

The more aggressive Redmen made 23 of 26 free throws compared to Morgan’s 5 of 8. Coach Wiscombe was pleased with the results from the week, and was encouraged by the team’s work ethic and their desire to compete.   He praised Jaran Bennett’s defensive effort and the rebounding of Boston Saunders, Garrett Kuns, and Josh Duncan.   The Trojans played at North Summit on Wednesday night and will have their first home game tonight against the Delta Rabbits. A Ron Abegglen appreciation night will be held where he and his teams will be recognized during the halftime of the game.  Come watch the Trojans take on the Rabbits TONIGHT!