ST. GEORGE — Dixie got its revenge with a win over Pine View Wednesday night, while Desert Hills protected its home court against Hurricane and Snow Canyon got an impressive win at Cedar. The first night of play in the Region 9 wars was full of plenty of intrigue. Here’s a look at the night’s action:
Dixie 55, Pine View 41
It was just one game, but Dixie had 10 months of build-up leading up to it after last March’s state championship loss to the Panthers. And the Flyers certainly savored the 14-point victory.
“After we lost to them last year in the championship, we wanted to make sure and get back there and have another chance, so we’ve been working really hard,” Dixie center Richard Guymon said. “There’s still a long, long way to go in region, but this first game worked out pretty well for us.”
Guymon and James Eardley stepped up for Dixie on a fairly quiet night for Flyers star Tyler Bennett. Eardley had a 3-pointer and two baskets in the paint in a key 14-4 run in the second quarter for Dixie that turned a 12-11 deficit into a 25-16 halftime lead. And Guymon put on a show in the second half with a couple of jump shots and an and-one dunk play over PV’s Trey Farrer.
“That was an epic battle with those big guys inside,” Dixie assistant coach Tyler Roberts said. “It was a lot of fun to watch. Trey Farrer is a heck of a player and they both got in some foul trouble. But they had a great battle inside.”
Pine View made a run in the third quarter. After an Eardley jumper made it 28-18 with 6:50 to go in the third, tyhe Panthers scored six straight points and held Dixie off the scoreboard for more than three minutes. Steve Bangerter made a basket, followed by a jumper by Tyler Johnston and a put back by Cody Ruesch, bringing the score to 28-24 at the four-minute mark of the third.
But Dixie answered with its own run. Bennett hit four straight free throws and then reserve point guard Kaden Elzy buried a baseline 3-pointer — all in the span of 50 seconds — and just like that, it was 35-24.
Kade Moore hit a couple of treys late in the third to keep PV within 38-30. His third 3-pointer came with 4:05 left in the game and pulled the Panthers within 43-38. But Dixie again answered the bell as Bennett completed a three-point play and Malachi Otis hit a jumper to make it 48-38 with 2:29 to play.
Guymon then put an exclamation point on the game for Dixie with a swooping dunk — well, sort of. He was fouled on the dunk attempt, but the ball bounced high in the air and went in anyway. Guymon made the free throw to complete the three-point play and put the game pout of reach at 51-38 with 1:51 to play.
“Richard got in foul trouble in the first half, but I think that helped him a little bit as he was able to come in in the second half and be hungry,” DHS head coach Ryan Cuff said. “I was really happy with the way James (Eardley) played as well. He filled a void for us. He does a lot of little things that people may not realize or notice.”
Bennett ended up as the top scorer for Dixie with 16 points, with Eardley adding 15 and Guymon 11. Dixie, 11-3 overall and 1-0 in region, never trailed by more than two points and didn’t trail after the opening moments of the second quarter.
“I thought Pine View came in well-prepared and had a good game plan,” Cuff said. “We were able to play up-tempo a little bit, but also under control.”
The Flyers travel to Hurricane for their second Region 9 battle Friday night.
Pine View, 7-5 and 0-1, was led by Moore’s nine points and Ruesch and Tyler Johnston had seven points each.
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Desert Hills 61, Hurricane 52
Ty Simister topped his career-best by six points in a 20-point outburst for the victorious Thunder Wednesday night.
The game was deadlocked at 13 after one quarter, but the Thunder opened the second with nine unanswered points. Braxton Porter and Logan Hokanson hit 3-pointers in the run to put D-Hills ahead 22-13 with just two minutes elapsed in the second period.
The Tigers were able to pull within 29-22 with 1:45 until halftime, but the Thunder closed the half on a 6-2 run to take a 35-24 advantage into the locker room.
The lead ballooned to 41-24 early in the third quarter after baskets by Jayce Jones and Tanner Turley. Hurricane, behind Josh Parker (12 points), Riley Ballard (11) and Reagan Hinton (10), was able to trim the DHHS lead to 41-32. But Cameron Clayton scored five quick points to close out the third and give Desert Hills a comfortable lead. The Tigers never got closer than eight points the rest of the game.
D-Hills, 11-1 overall and 1-0 in region, survived despite a quiet night from star Marcus McKone (three points, six rebounds). Hokanson had 12 points and Turley had 10 for DH. The Thunder are at Cedar Friday night.
Hurricane, 7-7 and 0-1, got seven rebounds each from Hinton and Ballard. The Tigers are home to face Dixie Friday night.
Stats: DHHS 61, HHS 52
Snow Canyon 57, Cedar 51
The Warriors are hoping for a return to the playoffs after missing last season and SC started region play right with a road win against the Redmen.
Justin Loveless, SC’s 6-foot-5, 225-pound center, had 15 points against Cedar and has played well the past couple of weeks. A coule of other Snow Canyon veterans, Brock Staheli and TJ Taimi, also scored in double figures.
With 4:02 left in the third quarter, the game was tied at 27. That’s when the Warriors went on a 9-2 run. The burst came in just 1:24 of clock time and prompted a time out by Cedar head coach Craig Cardon. The T.O. came with 2:38 to go in the third and SCHS ahead 36-29.
The Redmen surged early in the fourth quarter and were able to cut the Snow Canyon lead to 46-42 with 5:09 left in the game. But Loveless and the SC squad pushed the advantage back out to seven with a mini-surge that made it 53-46 with 2:08 to play.
Cedar never got closer than six the rest of the way.
The Warriors, 5-5 overall and 1-0 in region, head home to the Jungle Friday night with a crosstown rivalry game against Pine View. The Panther swept the Warriors in two games last season.
Cedar, 5-6, was led by Keenan Nielson’s 15 points, with Ben Brinkerhoff adding 13 and Parker Haynie chipping in 12. The Redmen stay home to host Desert Hills Friday night.
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