Friday , February 03, 2017 - 11:15 PM1 comment
ROY — If the basketball thing doesn’t work out, Weber forward Gage Johnson could become a 6-foot-4 walking billboard for the Mars Candy Company.
Johnson has an unusual routine before games which involves loading up on sweets and junk food that gets him ready to play for the Warriors.
“I have a system: one pack of Skittles during the sophomore game, then a hot dog before the junior varsity game and another pack of Skittles during the JV game,” Johnson said. “I’m on a sugar high and I’m an adrenaline junkie. I want to get up as high as I can and then let the energy out during the game.”
“Sweet and sour or berry are my favorites. I stock up on food and people call me fatty, but I guess I’m not too bad,” Johnson said as he pulled up his No. 12 jersey to reveal a chiseled six-pack of abs.
Johnson’s offense and a rock-ribbed Warrior defense were on full display Friday evening as Weber routed Roy 56-41 in Region 1 action.
He scored 31 points — 21 after the break — including six 3-pointers, another regulation six field goals and added eight rebounds to lead a Warrior uprising in the second half.
“They left me open so I took the best shots I could. I was feeling good and making shots to keep us going, so I thought why not,” Johnson said.
Weber led 28-21 at the half, then rolled the Royals with a 14-7 third period to double the lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“We talked about turnovers and shot selection at halftime,” Weber coach Ryan Jones said. “Roy is good at scoring in transition so we wanted to make them play in half-court sets. Just take good shots, take care of the basketball and play a half-court game.”
The Warriors held Roy to single digits in the first and third stanzas to build their lead.
“I’m proud of our effort on the road after not playing well against Clearfield (Wednesday). The guys had a great day of practice Thursday and showed a lot of heart and effort out there today,” Jones said.
Weber (5-3 Region 1, 8-9 overall) is now solidly in third place in the league, holding a two-game edge over three other teams battling for the fourth slot, also owning the tie-breaker with Roy by sweeping the season series.
“This was an important win for us,” Jones said. “We have the third-place spot and it keeps our hopes alive. We’re back on track (after the Clearfield loss) and just need to stay focused.”
Connor Shaw also scored in double figures for the Warriors, checking in with 11 points.
For Roy (2-5 Region 1, 10-7 overall), Ben McBride netted 10 points on a variety of soft hook shots and Justin Boley added seven.
Though Johnson’s sugar high might have meant he could have floated home after the game, he ended up taking the bus with the rest of the team.
More boys scores:
CLEARFIELD 51, MOUNTAIN CREST 40
CLEARFIELD — The Mustangs led 24-23 at the half, but Clearfield took control in the final frame for the region victory.
Boston Allen scored a game-high 18 to lead Clearfield (3-5 Region 1) while Corbin Rich added 16 and Cameron Banks posted 13.
Mountain Crest (1-7) was led by Nick Nethercot and Brady Hall, each scoring 13 points.
SYRACUSE 54, LAYTON 52
SYRACUSE — The Titans outscored the Lancers 33-22 in the second half to overcome a 30-21 halftime deficit and claim the region victory.
Drew Carlson and Nathan Hansen each scored 12 points to lead Syracuse (6-2 Region 2) while Dylan Brower added 11.
Layton (5-2) was led by Blake Hansen’s 16 points. Braxton Libby added eight.
DAVIS 82, HUNTER 36
WEST VALLEY CITY — Brendon Redford scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Darts to the lopsided road win.
Davis (6-2 Region 2) had three more double-figure scorers on the night. Tyson Garff had 13 points, Braxton Taylor netted 12 and Rich Stucki added 10.
VIEWMONT 69, GRANGER 37
WEST VALLEY CITY — The Vikings took a 30-12 halftime lead and cruised to the big region road win.
Lewis Johnson scored 14 points to lead a quartet in double figures for Viewmont (6-1 Region 2).
Weston Taylor netted 12 points and Adam Funk added 11. Josh Mordue pulled down seven rebounds to go with his eight points.
BOUNTIFUL 63, BOX ELDER 50
BRIGHAM CITY — The Braves broke open a close game by outscoring the Bees 20-14 in the third quarter on the way to the region road win.
Ryan Pollard scored a game-high 21 points to lead Bountiful (5-3 Region 5). Cooper Olsen added 18 and Brig Willard netted 14 for the Braves.
Max Watson scored 15 points to pace Box Elder (2-6) while Chase Oliva added 14 on four 3-pointers.
OGDEN 66, EAST 60
SALT LAKE CITY — The Tigers staged a second-half comeback for the region road win.
Ogden (5-3 Region 5) trailed 38-30 at halftime but held the Leopards to 22 points over the third and fourth quarters.
Hunter Clarke led the Tigers with 19 points. Carson White scored 13, Jaxon Clarke posted 12 and Keon Berghout added 10.
HIGHLAND 72, BONNEVILLE 60
SALT LAKE CITY — The Rams led 39-32 at the half and put the Lakers away with a 21-15 scoring advantage in the final frame.
Blake Robinson led Bonneville (1-6 Region 5) with 23 points while Kinnon Finder added 11.
BEN LOMOND 30, BEAR RIVER 29
OGDEN — Ben Mendoza scored 10 points, leading Ben Lomond to a low-scoring home win Friday.
The Scots (2-6 Region 11) won the final period 12-5 to claim the win. Bear River (3-5) outscored the Scots 3-0 in the third.
Kenyon Harris added nine points for Ben Lomond.
RIDGELINE 73, MORGAN 66
MORGAN — The RiverHawks jumped out to a 23-9 first-quarter lead and coasted to the road region win.
Jaxon Brenchley led Ridgeline (7-1 Region 11) with 18 points, while Landon Brenchley added 15, Dallan Larsen netted 14 and Theron Wallentine scored 13.
Trey Miles scored 18, including two 3-pointers, to lead Morgan (1-7). Cade Russell added four treys on his way to 15 points and Josh Streadbeck netted 14 points, also connecting on four 3-pointers.
LAYTON CHRISTIAN 95, AMERICAN PREP 25
LAYTON — The Eagles held American Prep to only two second half points in the region rout.
Christians Gutierrez led Layton Christian (5-1 Region 14) with 18 points while Chan Hargraves scored 12 and Daniel Gisa added 10.
Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.
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