ST. GEORGE — Viewmont can be crowned as the unofficial king of the 2015 Coach Walk Classic as the Vikings completed a perfect 3 for 3 road trip by downing Dixie Saturday. Meanwhile, reigning 2A champ Manti suffered through an 0-3 weekend against Region 9 teams, falling to Snow Canyon Saturday.
Here’s a recap of Saturday’s action:
Viewmont 52, Dixie 48
The 5A Vikings finished the weekend with wins over Hurricane, Pine View and Dixie after Saturday’s wire-to-wire victory.
Look no further than the free throw line to find the game’s difference. Viewmont made 10 of 13 freebies (77 percent), while Dixie was a very poor 2 for 8 (25 percent).
The Vikings continued to thrive behind Cole Huish (17 points, five rebounds), Ben Barrett (13 and 9) and Sean Giovannoni (6 and 10). Huish also had three steals.
Dixie trailed by as many as 13 in the first half and looked at a 48-38 deficit heading into the fourth quarter. Nate Crockett helped DHS rally and the sharp-shooting guard finished with 17 points, making five 3-pointers. Ty Bennett added 14 points, but Dixie hit just 18 of 48 shots (37 percent).
Dixie, 6-2, is off until the Riverton Holiday Tournament Dec. 28-31. Viewmont is 6-4.
Snow Canyon 55, Manti 49
The Warriors led big in the first half and then held off a Templars comeback attempt to come away with their second win of the season.
Justin Loveless led the way for Snow Canyon with 14 points and the big guy even stepped outside and hit a couple of 3-pointers. SC guards Hunter Barney and Brock Staheli chipped in 10 each for coach James Brown as the Warriors improved to 2-5 on the year.
Snow Canyon made 5 of 12 3-pointers in the game and owned the glass, out-rebounding the Templars 33-18.
Manti’s Derek Wright had an excellent weekend, topping the 20-point plateau twice, including his 23 against Snow Canyon. He made seven 3-pointers on 12 attempts Saturday and also dished out five assists. But it wasn’t enough as the Templars fell to 2-6 with the 0-3 weekend. Manti has played every Region 9 team except Dixie and lost all five of those games over the past few weeks.
Snow Canyon will take an extended holiday break, with no game scheduled until a Jan. 13 region game at Cedar.
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