Pair of 20-point performances lift Preston over Logan
By Garrett Faylor sports writer
What difference does one game make?
Well, when itâs the first of the season, a bit.
The Logan boys basketball team hosted Preston Tuesday night in a game that was deadlocked at the half.
But the Indians, led by Derek Wadsworth and Bradyen Parker, pulled away for a 63-54 win.
âItâs our second game,â Preston head coach Tyler Jones said. âThey always say that second game is a huge improvement. Weâve got one under our belt. Theyâre going to be a great team. Theyâre a solid team. I expect them to have a great year and I know theyâll be fired up when they come back to Preston in a few weeks.â
There were six lead changes in the first half.
Parker scored the first basket of the game and then six of Prestonâs nine points.
âLast week I didnât do too good in the first half,â Parker said. âI fouled early, so I tried to stay out of foul trouble (tonight), but I did what I needed to get the win and get Logan off their balance. The win feels awesome. I love it because their student section was wild, and our student section was little, but we had a lot of pride.â
In the beginning, Prestonâs Parker and Loganâs Jared Bagley went back and forth.
Bagley hit back-to-back 3-pointers and aided an early 8-0 run to wrestle the lead back from the visitors.
âWe wanted to come out with energy and play hard, and I think we did that,â Grizzlies head coach Logan Brown said.
Logan (0-1) led 18-11 after the first quarter.
Preston (2-0) opened the second quarter with a trip to the free throw line just four seconds in. Wadsworth hit both.
Bagley drained another 3, but Wadsworth returned fire the next possession. From there the lead changed hands but never went beyond five points until the fourth quarter.
The halftime buzzer sounded with half the players on the court scrambling for a loose ball, tied at 30.
âIâm not sure we played smart the entire game, and we were really trying to emphasize execution, and thatâs something we got to get better at,â Brown said. âI donât think we were very good at that. I also think Preston did a really good job of using their size and length against us.â
Preston held a 48-43 lead after three quarters.
Parker pushed the lead to seven twice, once with a jump shot deep enough for him to have a foot on the line, then again on a reverse layup.
Chance Hart hit a 3, and Wadsworth knocked down a pair from the free throw line to extend the lead to 10 with 2:03 to go.
From there, the Indians hit enough free throws to keep a safe distance.
Bagley led all scorers with 23 points and knocked down five 3-pointers.
âI felt good about my performance,â Bagley said. âI felt like I shot the ball well, and everything was good, just mad about the loss. We made a few mistakes, but I feel pretty good for the most part.â
Wadsworth led Preston with 22 points, while Parker gave Logan fits down low, racking up 20 points, six rebounds and four blocks.
âYou have to give him credit,â Brown said of Parker. âI thought he kicked our butt. He did a good job on the block. Heâs improved a lot in the last year, and I got a lot of respect for him and their coaching staff. I thought they did a great job. At times we did some decent things on him, but he really played well tonight.â
Logan hosts the Grizzly Classic, with its first game coming against Burley at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Preston does not return to action until Dec. 9, when it will square off against Mountain Crest at 7 p.m. as part of the Cache Classic.