Region 9 hoops: Inside tonight’s match-ups, 2/05/14

Tonight’s Region 9 boys basketball games — Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

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Pine View (16-2, 8-1) at Canyon View (5-13, 2-6), 7 p.m., at the Falcon’s Nest
Broadcast: Kickin’ 94.9 FM

PANTHERS
Pine-view-smCoach: Darrell Larsen
Record: 16-2 overall, 8-1 in region
Streak: 9 wins
Last five: 5-0
PPG: 66.3
PAPG: 54.4
Probable starters: Chaz Peterson (10.9), Jack Bangerter (8.7), Kody Wilstead (14.6), Collin Dowdell (10.4), Jed Newby (5.3)
Other key contributors: Ryan Koller (9.1), Garrett Bowker (2.2), Kendrick Spencer (1.6)

FALCONS
canyon-view-smCoach: Rob Potter
Record: 5-13 overall, 2-6 in region
Streak: 2 losses
Last Five: 2-3
PPG: 52.3
PAPG: 59.7
Probable starters: Keaton Kringlen (8.4 ppg), Koy Huxford (10.4), Sterling Barnes (6.1), Derek Dunnell (3.8), Ty Nielson (5.3)
Other key contributors: Travis Bettridge (4.3), Ryan Jensen (5.9), Ty Hollerman (2.0), Brycn Bybee (2.3)

Game Outlook: Pine View jumped on the Falcons and got up 17 in the first half in what looked like a game headed for a 30-point blowout. But give Canyon View credit. The Falcons fought back and got within eight in the fourth quarter. Though they didn’t roll over, it was clear the Falcons didn’t have the horses to run with PV. A low-scoring game would be CV’s only chance, unless it turns into a foul-fest like last Friday’s Snow Canyon game. For Pine View, this will be an interesting week with two different trips to Cedar City.  The Panthers better win the first one, because the Redmen will be laying in wait for Friday night’s rematch. PV has won nine straight, including roadies at Dixie, Desert Hills and Hurricane.

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Hurricane (5-14, 1-8) at Cedar (10-7, 5-3), 7 p.m. at CHS
Broadcast: 590-AM KSUB

REDMEN
cedar-smCoach: Craig Cardon
Record: 10-7 overall, 5-3 in region
Streak: 3 wins
Last five: 3-2
PPG: 52.8
PAPG: 48.5
Probable starters: Kordan Nielson (17.8 ppg), Dustin Staggs (13.9), Kyle Wood (5.4), Weston Bettridge (2.9), Greyson Hulet (2.6)
Other key contributors: Kole Dotson (2.0), James Thompson (1.5), Ben Brown (.4), Jaren Forsyth (2.2)

TIGERS
hurricane-smCoach: Todd Langston
Record: 5-14 overall, 1-8 in region
Streak: 8 losses
Last Five: 0-5
PPG: 49.4
PAPG: 55.1
Probable starters: Kaden Langston (8.5 ppg), Jayce Housley (6.6), Cody LeBaron (12.5), Jordan Ence (2.8), Erik Mitchell (4.8)
Other key contributors: James Bennion (4.6), Austen Beatty (5.3), Austin Butler (1.2)

Game outlook: Cedar seems to have its eye on the prize right now, having put together a three-game winning streak. If the Redmen can get past the Tigers, Cedar has home shots at the two teams ahead of CHS in the standings. But is there a chance of overlooking the hard-playing Tigers with Pine View and Snow Canyon coming up? Hurricane led Cedar 31-23 at the half in the first meeting, so the Tigers know they can play with the Redmen. For the Tigers, the close losses have got to be frustrating. If they can slow down Nielson and Staggs, Cedar is certainly beatable.

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Dixie (10-8, 3-6) at Snow Canyon (11-6, 6-2), 7 p.m. at the Jungle
Broadcast: ESPN SportsRadio 106.1 FM

FLYERS
dixie-smCoach: Ryan Cuff
Record: 10-8 overall, 3-6 in region
Streak: 1 loss
Last five: 1-4
PPG: 54.2
PAPG: 52.3
Probable starters: RJ Wilgar (8.3 ppg), Tyler Bennett (6.8), Harrison Labrum (4.9), Jake Hawes (13.8), Jake Christiansen (3.8)
Other key contributors: Izaic Blazzard (2.7) Nate Crockett (2.2), Jayden Roberts (1.6), Sam Guymon (10.0 — out with ankle injury)

WARRIORS
snow-canyon-smCoach: James Brown
Record: 11-6 overall, 6-2 in region
Streak: 1 win
Last Five: 4-1
PPG: 61.0
PAPG: 59.9
Probable starters: Hayden Anderson (7.5 ppg), Nate Gottfredson (15.4), Tanner Sampson (9.8), Chase Jenkins (4.4), Jacob Frei (9.3)
Other key contributors: Brock Staheli (3.8), Warner Rigby (4.4), Kade Potter (2.1)

Game Outlook: Remember Jan. 10? You can bet these two teams do. For Dixie, it was the first game without Sam Guymon after the senior center suffered a concussion. Dixie played inspired basketball and defeated the heavily-favored Warriors as Jake Hawes hit a 3-pointer from the corner for the winning points. It, unfortunately, is one of the few highlights in the last three weeks for the Flyers, who have fallen into win-or-miss the playoffs territory. The Warriors, in the meantime, are 4-1 since that game and are fighting for a league title. SC will likely be focused and ready for Dixie this time, especially in the Jungle. But Snow Canyon may also be a little beat up after Foulfest 2014 (Friday’s 89-75 game against Canyon View).

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Region 9 basketball: Inside tonight’s match-ups, 2/05/14

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