CEDAR CITY — Quincy Mathews is having an incredible year and he actually seems to be getting even better as the season progresses.
Mathews, a senior forward with tremendous athleticism, is in the midst of a five-game stint in which he has scored at least 20 points and is averaging nearly 10 rebounds a game. For the season, Mathews is tops in the region in scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg).
Canyon View briefly had the lead in the second quarter at 19-17, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Desert Hills sophomore Logan Hokanson put the Thunder ahead 23-19. After a CV free throw, Mathews and Tanner Lieshman each scored, then Mathews hit two free throws to complete a 12-1 run and make it 29-20.
The Falcons got a basket inside by Derek Dunnell to make it 29-22, but Mathews struck again and Max Mills and Ty Simister added two points to a 6-0 run to make it 35-22 just before the half. Mills hit a 3-pointer to start the third quarter and the rout was on.
Desert Hills pushed the lead to as many as 17 in the third quarter (52-35) and the Thunder cruised home from there, never leading by less than 10 the rest of the game.
The Thunder out-rebounded the Falcons 41-25, but also committed 26 fouls. Centers Leishman and Austin Adams fouled out of the game.
Mills chipped in 13 for D-Hills, including three 3-pointers, and Hokanson ended the game with 10 points. The Thunder have won five straight and 9 out the last 10 games and are now 5-0 in region with only last-place Hurricane standing in the way of a clean sweep through the first half of region play. DH plays at Hurricane Wednesday.
Sterling Barnes had 16 points to lead the Falcons, who fell to 7-7 overall and 1-4 in region play this season. Canyon View is at Dixie Wednesday night.
Stats: DH 69, CV 57
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