Ogden • Olympus’ Spencer Jones could do no wrong and scored at will in the first half, pouring in 21 points before the intermission to help lead the undefeated Titans to an impressive victory against the overmatched Brighton 86-59 in Monday’s first round the Class 5A boys’ basketball state tournament.
“It was a fun game, and they ran a triangle and two against us,” Jones said. “I knew I was going to get my shots against it because we’ve faced that defense before and I was able to make the most of it.”
In fact, Jones amassed as many points as Brighton was able to muster one quarter of play — 13. Jones took eight shots in the first half and made eight, including taking five 3-pointers. And not only did he shine bright on the offensive end, Jones was clogging the lane for Brighton, garnering three steals and a block.
Jones’ partner in crime was Harrison Creer, who matched Jones with 24 points.
Brighton struggled to keep the game within reach, but Sam Goates nailed a 3 as time expired in the third quarter, which all but sealed the Bengals’ fate.
“We just played our game, and it starts with defense,” Creer said. “They ran a 1-2-2 zone against us in the second half, and I was able to take advantage of the opportunities.”
Cameron Krystkowiak fought hard to keep Brighton competitive, leading the Bengals in the first half with 10 points. More importantly, he continued his prowess in the second, hitting a triple and fighting hard on the defensive end. He finished with 21 points.