Ogden • If Brighton was looking ahead to a possible state semifinal game with power Lone Peak, it didn’t show against Viewmont on Wednesday.
The Bengals got their usual production from Utah-bound guard Brandon Miller in a Class 5A state quarterfinal. The senior finished with 26 points in a 69-58 victory.
But Brighton (20-5) also got important early contributions from Bryce Callahan and Zach Bernardo in forging an early lead that it never gave up.
"In the back of our head, I think we’ve been thinking about them all year," Miller said about Lone Peak. "But our motto is that we pack for one game. If we have to, we can play in a dirty jersey the next game."
Miller got the first score of the contest, but Callahan canned a pair of 3-pointers in short order. The Bengals had established a 12-point advantage by the end of the first quarter.
"I love it when Bryce gets going," Miller said. "What I love about our team is everybody wants me to get going, but we all know I don’t carry the whole load."
Good outside shooting allowed the Brighton guards to make frequent forays into the paint. Bernardo finished with 11 points as well as grabbing five rebounds.
"I thought our kids worked hard enough to win, but we had a hard time keeping them from the rim," Viewmont coach Jeff Emery said. "I was most impressed with how well and how hard they took the ball to the basket. I thought that was as good of a team as we’ve seen in taking the ball to the rim."
Viewmont (13-11), led by McKay Johnson’s 18 points, crept to within six points by scoring the last five points of the first half. To start the second half, Miller’s first shot failed to draw iron or net and momentum seemed to be in the Vikings’ corner.
But Viewmont’s Jarom Tye then drew his fourth foul of the game with the Vikings trailing 45-39, and it would be almost three minutes into the third quarter before the Vikings scored their first point after intermission. Brighton had built its lead back to a dozen points by then.
"We believe Brandon is going to come out every time, but we need two or three other guys to be on their game too," Bernardo said. "My role is mainly to facilitate the offense, but I’ll score sometimes if I need to score."
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