The Morgan Trojans boys’ basketball team defeated Uintah last Friday in another commanding performance. The 94-70 victory extends Morgan’s winning streak to eight games—the Trojans are yet to lose in 2014.
Ben Saunders won the opening tipoff for Morgan and was the initial catalyst by scoring on the opening possession. He scored again on Morgan’s next possession and set a good pace for the game.
Very physical play characterized the first quarter, and Morgan soon had to deal with early foul trouble. Hunter Stanford, Hayden Garfield and Matt Murdock each had two fouls to end the quarter. Although Morgan led 24-10, concerns about sustaining this lead remained given three players in foul trouble.
Thirty-seven seconds into the second quarter, starting point guard Matt Murdock picked up his third foul, and sat out the rest of the half. To protect against deepening foul trouble, Coach Jim Wiscombe backed off Morgan’s trademark full court pressure. Fortunately Morgan’s significant depth allowed the team to adjust their game plan and continue executing. The physicality went both ways and Uintah experienced foul trouble of their own. By halftime, Morgan led 51-29.
Garren Miles opened the third quarter with a rare four-point play, sinking both a three-pointer and a foul shot. The rest of the quarter followed suit and Morgan expanded their lead to 81-56 going into the fourth quarter.
A game like this provides a good opportunity to give experience to younger players and help build not only increased depth, but also next year’s program. Early in the fourth quarter the starters were pulled from the game, allowing some of the other players to shine.
Morgan finished the game triumphantly with a 94-70 final score—their highest point total of the season. Morgan’s record improves to 13-6 overall. In the 3A division, the Trojans are currently ranked #1 in the state according to the Deseret News.
In another well-rounded team effort, several highlights are notable. Garren Miles led all scorers with a game-high 24 points including three three-pointers.
Five players from Morgan ended up scoring in double digits. The other scorers in double digits included Ben Saunders with 16, Hunter Stanford with 13, Hayden Garfield with 12, and Jordan Nelson with 11. Hayden Murdock actively crashed the boards and led Morgan with seven rebounds. Regarding assists, Matt Murdock led the team with four. Miles also had three steals in the night to lead the team in this category. A physical game like this means lots of trips to free throw line. Morgan was near perfect from the stripe, shooting 25-27, an impressive 93 percent.
Come support the Morgan boys in their last scheduled home game for the season tipping off tonight, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.