Pine View beat Monument valley Thursday with defense. Friday, it was all about the offense for the Panthers as they ran past hometown Page 71-49 in the semifinals of the NGS Classic in Page, Ariz.
The Sand Devils led 13-12 heading into the second period, but Jack Bangerter quickly erased the deficit with a 3-pointer out of the gate, sparking an 8-0 run. Page pulled to within 20-15, but back to back baskets by Bangerter and Kody Wilstead made it 24-15. Jed Newby and Garrett Bowker hit consecutive buckets late in the first half, pushing the intermission lead to 37-24.
Both teams scorec 10 points in the third quarter, but Pine View again went on a run in the fourth. Bowker and Peterson each hit a trey to push the lead from 47-34 to 53-34 with 6:10 left in the game.
The Panthers shot the ball well in the game, making 22 of 34 field goals (65 percent), many of those layups. Pine View also hit 7 of 11 3-pointers (64 percent) and 20 of 27 free throws (74 percent).
The Panthers, 5-0, are off to their best start since 2011, when they also went to the finals of the NGS Classic, but lost to Kellis, Ariz. The Panthers will play Sunnyside (Ariz.) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the NGS championship game. The Blue Devils, 6-4, beat Chinle 77-74 in the first round and blasted Tuba City 85-49 in the semifinals.
Pine View, which also got 11 from Bowker and 10 from Bangerter Friday, beat Monument Valley 52-51 Thursday. Wilstead hit the game-winning free throw with under a minute to play and led the Panthers with 17 points in that game.
Cedar 54, Canyon View 35
Kordan Nielson and Dustin Staggs combined for all but 10 of the Redmen’s points in the blowout win. The Redmen went to 1-0 in region and 3-1 overall with the easy win.
The Falcons tied it at 12-12 with four points on a bucket by Brooks Rigtrup and two free throws by Koy Huxford. Again, the Redmen surged, scoring 11 straight over the final seven minutes of the half to make it 23-12 at the break. Cedar outscored Canyon View 19-9 in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
CHS, which also got five steals and four assists from Nielson, plays at Desert Hills Wednesday night. The Falcons, 2-2 and 0-1, battle Spanish Fork Saturday night.
Parowan 51, Hurricane 41
Caleb Murphy had 13 points and 12 rebounds to push the 2A Rams past the 3A Tigers.
Hurricane, which falls to 0-5 overall, was within 45-40 after a 3-pointer by James Bennion with 3:41 to play. Bt the Rams hit just enough free throws (14-24) to ice the win.
The Tigers, who were led by Jayce Housley’s 11 points, are home against Dixie Wednesday night.
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