LAYTON — Defense is not optional for Layton High’s Ben Bailey — not even with his team up 10 and just over a minute left in the fourth quarter.
Bailey sprinted toward the corner on what initially looked to be a wide-open 3-point attempt for Weber’s Austin Tolman, jumped and swatted the shot away.
Layton went on to win 83-68 to claim its first victory of the season Tuesday.
Closing out a half strong defensively was a theme for Bailey against the Warriors. He also stole an inbound pass and drew a foul to put himself at the free-throw line in the final five seconds of the first half.
“I take pride in just going as hard as I can all the time, doing whatever I can to get the win,” Bailey said.
Oh, and he was also a menace offensively. Bailey knocked down three 3s as part of a 12-point outburst in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 27 points.
“Ben’s always been a solid player for us,” Layton coach Kelby Miller said. “He was one of the underclassmen that got some minutes last year, really got some experience last year when Julian (Blackmon) was out, which ultimately helped him for this season.”
Layton led 26-22 after the first quarter and outscored Weber in each period.
Blake Hansen added 17 points and Braxton Libby finished with 10 for the Lancers.
Layton survived a 3-point onslaught from Weber. The Warriors made 14 3-pointers with Connor Shaw, Austin Bartholomew and Kobe Furqueron each knocking down three.
Shaw led Weber with 19 points.
Miller lamented the fact that it’s the second straight game to start the season where Layton has allowed the other team to make double-digit 3-pointers but said the team “will get things figured out.”
Weber is now 0-2 to start the season.
Written by Ryan Comer; Ogden Standard Examiner