For one quarter it was quite a game - Leon Carter basically was beating Piute, 21-20. But then Piute turned up the pressure, eventually forcing 32 Green River turnovers and it was all over for Green River.
Carter, a 6-9 center, had 47 of Green River's 62 points, including its first 13. But turnovers kept his team from getting the ball, the result being a fairly comfortable 91-62 win for Piute. Piute was led by Lee Robinson with 26 points while Klyn Gleave and Marty Morgan added 15 each.That was one of eight opening-round games that tipped off the state 1A boys basketball tournament Wednesday at Southern Utah University.
Duchesne started the four-day tournament with a 63-51 victory over Mount Vernon. Duchesne was paced by Henry Hopkins' 25 points and Brandon Rowleys' 18 points. Pablo Rivera had 17 points for Mount Vernon.
Valley raced by Rowland Hall, 63-53, after drilling 13 of 14 from the foul line late in the fourth quarter. Wes Troy had 23 points and Jeremy Chamberlain had 18 for the Buffaloes. Price Ellington had 12 points for Rowland Hall.
Milford rolled over Rich, 91-60, with balanced scoring from Todd Puffer with 24 points, Monty Griffiths with 21 and Barry Myers with 14 and Chris Barnes with 12. Nate Pugmire had 12 for Rich.
Bryce Valley landed three players in double figures, surging past Wendover, 83-70. Mike Ahlstrom led the Mustangs with 17 points. Bryant Shakespear followed with 16 and Derrick Clark chipped in 14. Chris Chandler had 19 for Wendover.
North Summit placed five players in double figures in a 77-60 victory over Wayne. Jeremy Richins and Brandon Jones had 13 followed by Courteny Richins with 12. Lance Pace had 11 and Lincoln Judd had 10. Dax Anderson had 18 for Wayne.
Intermountain Christian topped Altamont 71-60 behind the shooting of Rob Matlak (20 points) and Jeremy Heiser . Trent Bolton had 19 for Altamont.
Steve Dewitt scored 23 points, John Hoody 13 and Stewart Sperry 12 to lead Dugway past Monticello, 74-62. Adam Bronson canned 25 for Monticello.