Logan fans very vocal in their support of Cache Valley rival’s opponent

Well, so much for all that Region 5 love that was flowing at the Dee Events Center on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 4A boys state basketball tournament.
Sure, a lot of Cache Valley fans from Logan and Mountain Crest could be seen cheering for Sky View in the Bobcats’ victory over Olympus.
But when it came time for Mountain Crest to take the court, a huge Logan High cheering section filled the arena and soon joined forces with the fans from Herriman, Mountain Crest’s quarterfinal foe, and cheered loudly for the southern Mustangs — and against the northern ‘Stangs — until the final buzzer.
Mountain Crest still prevailed, however, 52-47.
“That’s incredible,” said Mountain Crest senior guard Eddy Hall, who hit 6-of-6 free throws in the final 1:58 to help preserve his team’s tense victory. “They both wanted us to lose and we came out in the end and won.
“It was loud, I’ve never seen that many student body join together and do that, but it was pretty cool. … They were loud, but they didn’t get to me.”
Mountain Crest coach Gordon Buchmiller claimed he didn’t even notice the massive Logan cheering section which, at times, drowned out the Mountain Crest faithful.
“I don’t pay attention to the crowd,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t. I promise, I promise, I had no idea. … It was a fun atmosphere.”
Instead, Buchmiller was glad to see Region 5 well-represented in this year’s state tournament, even more so when Logan knocked off East in Thursday’s last quarterfinal clash to give Cache Valley three of the final four teams still in the chase for the championship.
“It represents our region well and you’re proud of the fact that those boys continue to compete and play well and you wish them the best until you have to face them again,” he said.
However, Mountain Crest senior guard Tyler Crosbie said he and his teammates certainly noticed the Logan fans’ vocal support for Herriman. And Crosbie said all it did was fuel their desire to win Thursday’s game and advance to Friday’s semis.
“If anything, that just fired us up,” Crosbie said of the Grizzlies’ faithful. “On Twitter, they say they want us to win, but we know they really don’t. It just fired us up and I think it helps us a lot.
“It made us all mad, you know, because we want to face ’em, so we’re cheering for ’em,” Crosbie, who scored a team-leading 15 points in Thursday’s win, said of Logan’s team. “We do, we want Logan, we want ’em again.”
And they’re gonna get ’em again. The Grizzlies turned back East High, 66-62, in Thursday’s fourth and final quarterfinal matchup.
By the way, Mountain Crest won both regular-season meetings with Logan, 64-51 and 58-55.
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