Brutal Region 5 play prepares Logan for improbable first-round upset over Orem

OGDEN — Region play didn’t come much tougher than it did for Logan this season. Parity was in force for Region 5 with most every game played going down to the final seconds with no team taking charge.

Logan finished finished tied for fourth in region, but came within a hair of defeated all three teams ahead of it. Overtime losses and shots at the buzzer were the only things that kept the Grizzlies from securing a spot on top of the region and helped prepare them for whatever challenges postseason play would present.

At the end Logan found itself having to win two play-in games to even make it to the State playoffs. First up was 66-63 hard-fought victory over Box Elder and then a 58-39 win over Provo.

Given what his players had been through, Logan coach Logan Brown knew they wouldn’t wilt from the prospect of playing heavy favorite Orem.

“Every night in our region we had to strap it on against somebody,” Brown said. “You look at our region and three of the state’s top four scorers our in our region, so that’s something we’ve been prepared for going into this tournament. We’ve had to go against guys who are really good every night.”

Logan doesn’t pack the star power like other programs, but used a deep bench to set forth a furious pace to keep Orem off-guard.

From the opening tip the Grizzlies looked to push the ball on every possession while using a half-court trap to throw the Tigers off-rhythm and in turn, aid a rapid pace on the other end.

“That was definitely an advantage for us being able to go so deep,” said Logan senior Dallin Dahl. “We knew that Orem played just five or six guys most of the time, so we used that to our advantage.

 

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