ST. GEORGE — Pine View has been taken to overtime twice this season — both times by the Canyon View Falcons — and the Panthers have come out on top both times.
Down three with 20 seconds left, the Falcons worked the ball inside to Keaton Kringlen. Kringlen then found point guard Sterling Barnes for a 3-pointer to tie the game and send it to the extra session. The Falcons could not sustain the momentum, however. In OT, Barnes fouled out and Canyon View failed to score from the field, mustering a single free throw.
“They (Canyon View) are a different team with Barnes on the floor,” said Pine View assistant coach Patrick Amico. “When he was in the game, they would make runs and when he was out of the game we would make our runs.”
In the overtime the Falcons could not maintain the momentum with the loss of Barnes. The Panthers could only muster a Wilstead post move but Pine View hit five of eight free throws to close out the game winning 57-51.
The beginning of the game saw the Falcons jump out quickly. Ty Hollerman hit four of his first five shots for Canyon View’s first eight points en route to a 15-10 advantage.
“We were flat starting the game,” said Amico. “We have just had two very emotional victories (over Desert Hills and Dixie). That, coupled with the physical weariness of the tight contest on Wednesday, was a factor. But give (Canyon View) Coach (Rob) Potter credit. His team has taken us to overtime twice this year. They were prepared to play.”
A 16-foot jumper by Kade Moore brought the Panthers to within 15-12 after one quarter. In the second, two quick buckets by Panther post Kody Wilstead gave Pine View its first lead of the game. The teams then traded baskets the remainder of the quarter. Chaz Peterson’s layup with 1:24 left in the half tied the game at 24-24, where the score remained at the break.
Pine View came out of halftime on fire, shooting to an 11-point lead by the midway point. Five different Panthers scored during the 17-6 run with Peterson, Blake Ence and Jed Newby contributing two baskets each to go up 41-30. Barnes ended the run with a 3-pointer. A three-point play by Lorenzo Camba and two more free throws from Hollerman pulled the Falcons to 42-38 going into the fourth.
The Falcons continued to inch their way back into the game, finally pulling to within three points to set up the final play in regulation. Barnes did most of the damage in the second half, scoring 12 points, including the last two buckets from distance.
Barnes led the Falcons with 16 points. Hollerman contributed 10. Wilstead led all scorers with 19 points. He also contributed seven rebounds, four steals and four blocked shots. Peterson and Ence joined him in double-figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Panthers get their seventh consecutive win after opening the season with an 11-game winning streak. Pine View sits on top of the Region 9 standings at 9-2 (18-2 overall), a half-game ahead of Desert Hills. With a win against Cedar next Friday night, the Panthers are guaranteed at least a share of the Region 9 season championship.
For Canyon View, it is the seventh-consecutive loss with two more games left, against front-runners Desert Hills and Dixie on the schedule. The Falcons fall to 7-12 overall, 1-9 in region play.
Stats: PV 57, CV 51 (F/OT)
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