Ogden • Run, run, run … that was the theme of Brighton’s night.
Run, as in push the tempo. Run, as in score in bunches. Run, as in advance to the quarterfinals.
Brighton dispatched pesky Pleasant Grove, 70-55, Monday night in the first round of the Class 5A boys’ state tournament. The Bengals did it with 18 fast-break points and some inside scoring from senior forward Travis Devashrayee, who had a game-high 21 points.
“It was a good way to start,” said Devashrayee, who scored 12 points in the second half. “I could just feel it. I knew I was going to shoot all right. If I had an open shot, I was going to take it.”
Devashrayee grabbed 10 rebounds, many off errant shots by senior guard Brandon Miller, who scored 20 points despite shooting just 6 for 17 from the field. The Bengals scored seven points in the first quarter, but posted 30 in the final period.
Brighton (19-5), last year’s 5A runner-up, advances to meet Viewmont in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round.
“We’re a good team,” Miller said. “It’s big when I can have an off night like I did tonight and it doesn’t faze our team. We can all play, so I’m never worried if I have an off night.”
With point guard Zach Bernardo pushing the tempo at every opportunity, the Bengals ran off points in bunches. A 10-3 run closed the first half, and an 8-2 run gave them breathing room after Pleasant Grove (14-10) had closed to within two points in the third quarter.
A 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter that included one of Devashrayee’s two 3-pointers put Brighton up comfortably at 49-33.
“They came out and threw a 1-3-1 trap at on us, which took us a little off guard,” Brighton coach Jeff Gardner said. “We only had one turnover in the first half, which was a big key for us to build a lead even though we didn’t shoot the ball very well.”
Riley Court scored 14 points and Matt Conway added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Vikings, who shot just 1 of 9 from 3-point range.
O Brighton senior Travis Devashrayee scores a game-high 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
• Bengals senior Brandon Miller shoots 6 for 17 from the field but ends with 20 points.
• Brighton advances to play Viewmont in the quarterfinals.