Region 9 basketball: Inside tonight’s match-ups (1/24)

Tonight’s Region 9 boys basketball games — Fri., Jan. 24

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Dixie (9-6, 2-4) at Desert Hills (8-7, 3-3), 7 p.m. at the Thunderdome
Broadcast: Triplecast! Video streaming on STGNews.com; ESPNRadio 106.1 FM; CEC-TV 22 (Baja Cable)

FLYERS
dixie-smCoach: Ryan Cuff
Record: 9-6 overall, 2-4 in region
Streak: 2 losses
Last five: 2-3
PPG:
 54.6
PAPG: 51.0
Probable starters: RJ Wilgar (8.3 ppg), Tyler Bennett (5.5), Harrison Labrum (4.9), Jake Hawes (13.8), Jake Christiansen (4.2)
Other key contributors: Izaic Blazzard (3.1) Nate Crockett (2.3), Jayden Roberts (1.9), Sam Guymon (10.0 — out with ankle injury)

THUNDER
Desert-Hills-smCoach: Wade Turley
Record: 8-7 overall, 3-3 in region
Streak: 2 losses
Last Five: 3-2
PPG: 51.6
PAPG: 49.2
Probable starters: Taylor Houston (7.7 ppg), Quincy Matthews (12.9), Brycen Williams (5.1), Trey Tanner (5.9), Jordan Hokanson (6.8)
Other key contributors: Landen Broadhead (4.1), Sam Messinger (3.8), Austin Adams (4.2)

Game Outlook: Barring an undefeated second-half, a region title is unlikely for either of these teams. But the playoffs are certainly reachable, especially for the winner of this game. For the Thunder, who have lost two straight home games, a win here would put two games between them and Dixie and salvage a season split with the Flyers. DH played hard against Snow Canyon, but couldn’t get shots to fall in the second half. The effort was there. For Dixie, the absence of Guymon is really starting to show. The Flyers did not fare well against the Iron County schools, losing at home to Canyon View and getting blown out at Cedar. Guymon is out at least another week with concussion and ankle issues. Dixie beat D-Hills by 16 back in December, but that seems forever ago.

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Pine View (13-2, 5-1) at Hurricane (5-11, 1-5), 7 p.m. at the Tiger’s Den
Broadcast: KDXU-890 AM with Andy Griffin

PANTHERS
Pine-view-smCoach: Darrell Larsen
Record: 13-2 overall, 5-1 in region
Streak: 6 wins
Last five: 5-0
PPG:
 66.0
PAPG: 54.3
Probable starters: Chaz Peterson (10.3), Jack Bangerter (7.6), Kody Wilstead (13.5), Collin Dowdell (10.6), Jed Newby (5.6)
Other key contributors: Ryan Koller (10.3), Garrett Bowker (2.7), Cason Prisbrey (1.0)

TIGERS
hurricane-smCoach: Todd Langston
Record: 5-11 overall, 1-5 in region
Streak: 5 losses
Last Five: 0-5
PPG:
 47.6
PAPG: 52.9
Probable starters: Kaden Langston (8.6 ppg), Jayce Housley (7.0), Cody LeBaron (12.9), Austen Beatty (4.9), Erik Mitchell (4.4)
Other key contributors: James Bennion (4.6), Jordan Ence (2.8), Austin Butler (1.3)

Game outlook: In the first go-around back in December, Koller made his first big varsity splash, going off for 21 points. Bangerter had 17 and he’ll be back tonight for his first action since a concussion two weeks ago. These two teams are heading in opposite directions, considering the streaks and the region standings. But don’t be surprised to see Hurricane give the Panthers a game as the Tigers play pretty well at home. But the Tigers have got to find some points somewhere. Hurricane hasn’t top the 50-point plateau since 2013. Noth good, considering PV averages 66 a game.

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Cedar (8-7, 3-3) at Canyon View (5-11, 2-4), 7 p.m. at the Falcon’s Nest
Broadcast: 590-AM KSUB with Chris Holmes

REDMEN
cedar-smCoach: Craig Cardon
Record: 8-7 overall, 3-3 in region
Streak: 1 win
Last five: 3-2
PPG: 51.7
PAPG: 47.3
Probable starters: Kordan Nielson (17.4 ppg), Dustin Staggs (13.2), Kyle Wood (5.5), Weston Bettridge (2.7), Greyson Hulet (2.6)
Other key contributors: Kole Dotson (2.1), James Thompson (1.7), Ben Brown (.4)

 FALCONS
canyon-view-smCoach: Rob Potter
Record: 5-11 overall, 2-4 in region
Streak: 2 wins
Last Five: 2-3
PPG: 50.6
PAPG: 57.8
Probable starters: Keaton Kringlen (8.8 ppg), Koy Huxford (9.8), Sterling Barnes (6.1), Derek Dunnell (4.0), Ty Nielson (4.9)
Other key contributors: Travis Bettridge (4.0), Ryan Jensen (4.3), Ty Hollerman (2.0), Brycn Bybee (2.1)

Game Outlook: This is the biggest game of the infant tenure of CV’s second-year head coach Potter. Besides being a rivalry game, the Falcons have a chance tonight to climb into the playoff race with a win at home against the hated Redmen. With Dixie struggling, that fourth-place spot is there for the taking, but the Falcons have to salvage a season split with the Redmen. For Cedar, Nielson continues to be spectacular. averaging 19.8 ppg the last six games.

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