ST. GEORGE — The slam dunk contest was a foreshadowing of things to come Saturday night at the March Mayhem All-Star Event at Dixie High School.
Nevada prep stars Jordan Davis and Patrick Savoy were head and shoulders above the competition in the slam dunk contest before the all-star game, with Davis edging Savoy 50-49 in the finals of the event. Then the two dominated the game as well as the Nevada All-Stars beat the Region 9 Stars 130-97. Davis got his slam dunk hardware and Savoy brought home the game MVP trophy as the brightest stars from the Las Vegas area broke the game open in the second quarter.
“I think we could beat them on another night, but they got us pretty good tonight,” Desert Hills star Quincy Mathews said. “If we’d have had a few practices together, I think we would have played more as a team. But I love playing with all these guys — Jake Hawes, RJ Wilgar, James Bennion — all of them. It was a lot of fun.”
Mathews led the Region 9 stars with 19 points, while Pine View’s Garrett Bowker had 17 and Hawes and Bennion knocked in 16 each.
But the Nevada team was too much to handle. Behind the outside shooting of Savoy and Laquan Hawkins, Nevada led by a 30-19 count after one quarter and the lead had ballooned to 62-42 by halftime.
The Region 9 stars cut the deficit to 14 a couple of times late in the third quarter and were within relative striking distance at 96-80 after three quarters (the team’s played four 10-minute periods). But instead of fading late, the Nevada team turned on the jets, converting turnovers and defensive rebounds into easy layups or dunks at the other end. Romello Jones scored 18 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers.
All eight Nevada players who made the trip from Vegas scored in double-figures, including Phil beck, who had five 3-pointers and 17 points.
The boys game was the final event of March Mayhem, which included a youth camp, a car show by the Car Guys Care organization, a girls all-star game, a 3-point shootout and the aforementioned slam dunk contest.
Cedar’s Amanda Manley won the girls shootout and Hurricane’s Bennion took the boys version.
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