Region 9 boys basketball: Pine View barely stays undefeated; Cedar, Hurricane both win on the road

ST. GEORGE — All three Region 9 games Wednesday went deep into the fourth quarter before the winners prevailed. Pine View was 6-0 heading into its game with Snow Canyon, which was 1-6, but the Warriors gave the Panthers all they could handle before all was said and done, and Pine View escaped with its perfect record intact. Meanwhile, Cedar pulled away down the stretch to beat Desert Hills and Hurricane finished strong over Canyon View.

Hurricane 49, Canyon View 41

At Canyon View, the Falcons overcame a slow start to pull even with Hurricane midway through the fourth quarter, but the Tigers finished the game with a 9-1 run to pull out the hard-fought road victory in Cedar City.

Hurricane held the Falcons scoreless for the first few minutes of the game, jumping out to an early 7-0 lead. The Tigers were ahead 12-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Hurricane led by as many as 10 points during the second quarter, but Canyon View rallied back a bit, closing the halftime deficit to six thanks to a steal and breakaway layup at the buzzer by Trevor Farrow, which made it 23-17 in favor of Hurricane at the break.

With 2:30 left in the third period, Canyon View took its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer from the corner by Cody Spencer that put the Falcons up 30-29. The lead then changed hands four more times before the quarter ended with Canyon View ahead, 36-35.

Canyon View’s Mason Lyman drives to the basket against Hurricane, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 30, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

The two teams continued to battle closely for the first half of the fourth period. Canyon View’s Parker Holmes hit a reverse layup to make it 40-40 with just over four minutes left.

That proved to be the Falcon’s last field goal of the game, as the Tigers managed to score 9 points in a row down the stretch, converting 5-of-7 free throws during that span. Holmes finally broke the Falcons’ dry spell with a foul shot with 12 seconds left to account for the final 49-41 margin.

“We had a poor start,” said Canyon View head coach Rob Potter. “Our first nine possessions resulted in 0-6 from 3-point range, two turnovers and a missed layup. It’s hard to battle out of a hole, but we did and took the lead, but we were out of energy down the stretch because of what we exerted coming back. Credit to Hurricane … they got the plays they needed.”

Hurricane coach Todd Langston said it was “an ugly game for both sides of the floor,” but added that a big goal of theirs was to focus on contesting Canyon View’s 3-point shooting.

Hurricane’s Dax Dayley passes the ball against Canyon View, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 30, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

“We got out on their shooters and tried to make them drive, and I thought that helped us. We played good defense and made them take tough shots, and we rebounded well. We didn’t shoot great from the free throw line, but I think down the stretch, we made three out of four when we had to make them, and that’s always a key to the game. We feel fortunate to have come out on top.”

Hurricane was led by guard Dallin Davis’ 15 points, while a trio of players added 8 points apiece: Bryce Thomas, Dax Dayley and Dom Scott. Scott also grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds.

Canyon View’s Holmes led the way for the Falcons with 18 points, while Farrow added 10 and Dallyn Brindley scored 8.

Hurricane, which improved to 5-3 in region play, is in third place in the Region 9 standings. The Tigers have a bye on Friday, but will next play at home against Snow Canyon on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Canyon View, which dropped to 3-5 in region play, remains tied for fourth in the standings. Canyon View’s next contest is Friday at Desert Hills at 7 p.m., a key matchup between two teams vying for the fourth and final playoff spot.

— Written by Jeff Richards

Cedar 53, Desert Hills 48

The Cedar Redmen defeated the Desert Hills Thunder on Wednesday night.

Early on, it looked like Desert Hills would take control, leading by nine after the first quarter. Cedar marched back in the second, cutting the deficit to just two points at halftime.

The Redmen outscored the Thunder by four in the third quarter, taking a two-point lead of their own into the final period. The fourth quarter was back-and-forth, but Cedar pulled away down the stretch to seal the win.

Treyton Tebbs led all scorers with 26 points for Cedar, who improved to 2-6 in Region 9 play. Ty Harrison added 11 points in the victory.

Desert Hills, which dropped to 3-5 in region play, was led by Trevin Lindstrom with 16 points.

On Friday, the Thunder will host Canyon View, while Cedar hosts undefeated Pine View. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

— Written by Spencer Rodak

Pine View 53, Snow Canyon 52

Continuing their undefeated start in Region 9 play, the Pine View Panthers sneaked away with a close win over Snow Canyon on Wednesday night.

After one quarter, the Panthers seemed well on their way to a blowout victory, leading by 12 against the Warriors, who are in last place in the region. Instead, Snow Canyon stormed back, outscoring Pine View 19-12 to cut the deficit to five at halftime.

The game was close throughout the third period, with the Panthers taking a seven-point lead into the fourth. The Warriors battled back in the fourth and made the game close before Pine View got away with the win.

Jared Koller and Michael Moore each scored 13 for the Panthers, who improved to 7-0 in Region 9 play.

Snow Canyon dropped to 1-7.

On Friday, the Warriors will host Dixie while Pine View travels to Cedar City to face the Redmen. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

— Written by Spencer Rodak

Region 9 standings
Pine View 7-0 (10-6)
Dixie 6-1 (14-3)
Hurricane 5-3 (9-8)
Desert Hills 3-5 (9-9)
Canyon View 3-5 (7-11)
Cedar 2-6 (6-12)
Snow Canyon 1-7 (5-13)

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