Region 10 boys basketball: Unbeaten Dixie edges toward title; Desert Hills, Snow Canyon also win

ST. GEORGE — The Dixie Flyers took one more step toward an unbeaten run through Region 10 Friday night.

Dixie took care of business in a big way at home and improved to 8-0 in region play with four games remaining in the regular season.

Meanwhile, Desert Hills avenged a loss earlier this season when the Thunder boomed to a home win over Crimson Cliffs. And Snow Canyon came from behind to beat Cedar on the road.

The following are recaps of the Region 10 boys basketball games from Friday night.

Dixie 65, Pine View 42

There has been one rule for the Flyers during their unbeaten streak through the region: defense leads to offense.

Dixie plays Pine View in a Region 10 boys basketball game, St. George, Utah, Feb. 3, 2023 | Photo by Jacqui Knighton, St. George News

“We focus on things that are kills. That’s three consecutive stops in a row,” junior point guard Jordan Roberts told St. George News in the Hangar after the win. “So that’s what we focus on a lot. Defense leads to offense, so we got to focus on defense first.”

The Flyers stuck to their MO, playing smothering defense and forcing turnovers against the Panthers as soon as they tipped off.

Dixie led 12-7 after a low-scoring, defensive-minded first quarter. Roberts scored four points in the session, Kyle Lemke netted five and John Southwick sank a 3 for the early five-point lead.

Pine View battled back to tie the second quarter 10-10 and was down 22-17 at intermission.

But Dixie put it out of reach in the third after six different Flyers scored at least two points in the quarter.

“Moving the ball, playing as a team, I thought our energy was super high tonight so that definitely helped,” Roberts said. “We played excellent in the third and fourth quarter so that energy helped a lot.”

Roberts led all scorers in the contest with 17 points. Lemke finished right behind him with 16. Southwick was third for the Flyers with his nine points.

Griffen Shepherd paced the Panthers and threw in 15 points. Kanyon Dickinson sank two 3-pointers and scored eight points for the visitors and both Nash Schroeder and Owen Evans-Whatcott contributed five points for Pine View.

Dixie’s toughest week remains as the Flyers play their next two games on the road.

Dixie is at Snow Canyon Wednesday, Feb. 8 and then at Desert Hills Friday, Feb. 10.

Roberts noted that it’s important to the team that they finish unbeaten in Region 10.

“It means a lot. We just got to stay focused and keep going,” he said.

Pine View next plays at home against Cedar on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

Desert Hills 60, Crimson Cliffs 42

The Thunder boomed loudly at home, avenging an early season, one-point loss at Crimson on Jan. 11.

Desert Hills plays Crimson Cliffs in a Region 10 boys basketball game, St. George, Utah, Feb. 3, 2023 | Photo by Aaron Crane, St. George News

The Thunderdome was nearly full as students filled the bleachers in the rafters for this backyard rivalry.

Chomp Jones sank a 3-pointer and Lincoln Holmes had a trey and a bucket as the home team took a 15-14 lead after the first quarter.

Jordan Eaton started hot for the Mustangs, scoring 10 of his 13 total points in the first session. He was saddled with foul trouble for much of the game, however, and was limited because of that.

Desert Hills upped its lead to 33-20 at halftime and was able to keep the Mustangs corralled in the second half.

Holmes netted a game-high 22 points to lead the Thunder to victory. Eli Allred scored 13 for the home team six other Thunder players recorded at least two points.

Desert Hills combined to make eight 3-pointers as a team in the victory. Six different Thunder players made at least one shot from 3-point land.

Crimson missed a lot of shots and couldn’t find a rhythm against the Thunder defense. Phoenix McWillis led the visitors with 17 points followed by Eaton’s 13. Scoop Johnson made four field goals and contributed eight points for the Mustangs.

Crimson Cliffs hosts Hurricane on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., while Desert Hills has a bye that night.

Snow Canyon 66, Cedar 61

At Cedar City, the Snow Canyon Warriors outlasted the Reds in a tightly contested battle.

Snow Canyon against Cedar in a Region 10 boys basketball game, Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 3, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

Snow Canyon’s Owen Mackay got off to a strong start, scoring 11 of his game-high 30 points in the first quarter as the Warriors posted a 21-18 lead.

Late in the second quarter, a four-point play by Cedar’s Kanden Coronado gave the Reds a 30-29 lead.

That was almost immediately followed by successive treys by Snow Canyon’s Will Warner and Cedar’s Stockton Albrecht over the final minute of the first half, which ended with Cedar ahead 33-32.

With seconds to go in the third quarter and Cedar clinging to a two-point lead, Snow Canyon’s Cy Meacham drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Warriors a 44-43 lead heading into the final quarter.

Over the last few minutes of the fourth, the Warriors were able to pull away, converting 11-of-12 free throws during the period, including 6-for-6 by Mackay down the stretch, with teammate Karter Murdock swishing 5-of-6.

Also scoring in double figures for the Warriors were Warner with 12 points and Meacham with 11.

Meanwhile, Landon Kreitzer led the Reds with 15 points, with Albrecht adding 11 and Coronado and Ty Bronson each contributing 10.

Snow Canyon next hosts Dixie on Wednesday, Feb. 8, while Cedar travels to play Pine View that same evening. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

– written by Jeff Richards

Region 10 boys basketball standings, as of Feb. 4:

  1. Dixie 8-0 (17-2)
  2. Snow Canyon 7-2 (13-7)
  3. Crimson Cliffs 6-3 (12-6)
  4. Desert Hills 5-4 (12-7)
  5. Pine View 2-6 (3-14)
  6. Cedar 2-7 (7-11)
  7. Hurricane 0-8 (2-15)

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