ST. GEORGE – The Cedar Redmen jumped out to a 14-point halftime advantage and were able to curse to a 61-43 win over the Pine View Panthers on Friday night. The win keeps the Redmen alive for a chance to finish as the No. 2 seed in Region 9 and host a first round playoff game.
The region’s leading scorer, Kyler Nielson, scored 25 points to again lead the Redmen. John Urusa added 12 points and Trent Snow chipped in 10 points to help the Redmen improve to 8-3 in region play and 15-5 overall.
The loss dropped the Panthers to 2-9 in Region play and 9-11 overall. Dallin Milne and Kody Wilstead each scored10 for the Panthers who also got eight points and 10 rebounds from Mitch Godfrey.
The Redmen wrap up their season hosting Snow Canyon on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Redmen need to win to keep pace with Hurricane in hopes to get the second seed in the state tournament.
The Redmen still have an outside chance at ending the season in a tie for first place in Region 9, but they will need Desert Hills to lose their final game at Pine View and will have to beat Snow Canyon on Wednesday.
From the looks of it, the Redmen will either host Park City in the first round of the state tournament or travel to Wasatch if the Redmen fall to the third seed. First round games are set for Saturday, Feb. 18, at the better seed’s gym. Game times are not yet set.
The Panthers host No. 1 Desert Hills on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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