Ogden • Viewmont used a 13-0 run over the course of the second and third periods Monday night to pull away for a 73-55 win over Springville in the opening round of the Class 5A boys’ basketball state tournament at the Dee Events Center.
Viewmont closed the half with a 7-0 run to build a 29-21 lead at the break.
“That little spurt was huge in the last two minutes of the second quarter,” Viewmont coach Jeff Emery said. “We knew we had to come out and maintain our energy level.”
The Vikings opened the second half with consecutive 3-pointers from Chandler Cox and Spencer MacKay to extend the lead to 35-21. The Red Devils, the defending Class 4A state champions, never got closer than eight points the rest of the night.
“We came out as seniors and were like we didn’t want to go home,” said MacKay, who finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. “We just had something in us today. Just in the bus ride here today, I could tell we had something in us.”
MacKay had 13 points in the opening half on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3 of 5 from long range.
“My teammates were making good passes,” MacKay said. “I don’t really create my shot. They got me the ball.”
Emery said about MacKay: ”He’s probably been our most consistent player all year. He’s leading us in rebounds. He’s been our best energy guy and gives us the most physicality on the court.”
The Vikings also got 21 points from Josh Mordue on 6-of-11 shooting.
“He plays starter minutes,” Emery said about Mordue. “But he gives us a big lift off the bench. He comes in and gives us some offensive firepower.”
Viewmont will play Olympus in Wednesday’s state quarterfinal at the Huntsman Center.
“We want to go as far as we can,” MacKay said. “And I think we will go further than people expect.”
Jesse Hullinger scored 22 points for Springville, while Ben Schreiner added 11.