31 January, 2014 (All day)
Garren Miles told us so. “No worries,” he said after the team’s 0-5 start. “We have a really good team this year.”
Miles was right on, and since that time, the squad has gone on an 11-1 tear and is tied for first in region play.
The Trojans lead all of 3A basketball in average points scored per game (68.8). Miles continues to dazzle, averaging over 15 ppg, but his teammates are getting plenty of touches as well. Starters Hunter Stanford, Bridger Streadbeck and Ben Saunders are each averaging over 10 ppg, while Matt Murdock continues to drive and dish (almost six assists per game) and shine on defense (three plus steals per game).
With the team healthy and performing on all cylinders, the Trojans hosted Park City Jan. 24 in a tough region battle.
Jordan Nelson went nuts in the first quarter, hitting just about every shot he took. Nelson would finish the game with a season-high 20 points.
The Trojans needed every point Nelson scored, too, as Park City matched Moran High School basket for basket and trailed by only one point (18-17) after the first quarter.
The critical second quarter was won with defense. For the first eight minutes, the Trojans held the Miners scoreless and entered the half with a double-digit lead, 35-24.
Park City played Morgan even in the third quarter and stormed back mid-way through the fourth. Led by Bosten Vanderveur (19.5 ppg), the Miners cut the lead to five before Garren Miles took over offensively. He drained threes, hit mid-ranger jumpers and sunk crucial free-throws in the final minutes. Miles and company finally put the game out of reach with about a minute left to play, winning 67-57.
With the victory, Morgan remained tied with Juan Diego for first place in region and moved to 11-6 on the season.