CEDAR CITY – The Pine View Panthers kept their hat in the playoff ring with a crucial 55-49 win at Canyon View Wednesday night.
“He’s such a good kid, a fantastic kid,” Panthers coach Darrell Larsen said of his point guard. “I’m so happy for him. He deserves this. He’s a gym rat. He stops himself more than the defense does. I don’t want him to be gun-shy. He’s done a great job of getting other guys involved, but he can score.”
Pine View led essentially the whole game, but couldn’t put the Falcons away. The Panthers led by nine in the fourth quarter, but saw Chad Corry and Nate Jarvis hit treys to lead a furious comeback that saw the game go tied at 40-40 with under four minutes to play.
But with Peterson and Jack Bangerter hitting big shots down the stretch, the young Pine View team did not panic. The Panthers nailed 18 of 23 free throws to hammer down the win.
“We just weathered the storms,” Larsen said. “We threatened to blow it open several times in the game, but they kept roaring back on us.”
Peterson was perfect from beyond the arc in the game, hitting on all four of his deep attempts, while Dallin Milne made all six of his charity shots. Milne finished with eight points, six assists and three steals.
“The kids are working hard,” Larsen said. “That’s not the problem. We just need a few breaks. Tonight was big for us to get some confidence going. That’s a good Canyon View team. They really shoot the ball well.”
Pine View played without starting forward Cameron Hughes, who missed the game due to a death in the family.
The Panthers were in a must-win situation, having fallen out of playoff position. With the win, PV (9-6 overall, 2-3 in region) pulls into fifth place all alone, just a game behind Dixie.
Canyon View, which got 16 from Corry falls to 7-9 and 1-4.
Pine View plays at first-place Cedar Friday night, but then has a very favorable schedule (four home games) down the stretch.
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