Robbie Reid tallied 42 points as Spanish Fork advanced to the second round of the state 3A Basketball tournament with an 82-69 drubbing of Murray.
In other opening round games at the Weber State University Dee Events Center, Jordan thumped Pine View 71-56, Mountain Crest ran over Emery 86-50, and Sky View knocked off a pesky Lehi crew 57-40.The tourney continues today with Ogden playing Bountiful at 2:30 p.m., Tooele taking on Springville at 4:10 p.m., Union facing Box Elder at 6:30 p.m. while Payson meets Granite in the 8:10 p.m. nightcap.
Spanish Fork never totally shook Murray even though the Dons never trailed after taking a 20-18 lead at the end of one quarter. Reid tallied 15 in the quarter including three treys. Murray's Kevin Carlston countered with nine first quarter points of his own.
Spanish Fork stretched its lead to eight at 26-18 as the Dons scored the first six points of the quarter. Micah Rolfe's trey made it a nine point lead at the 6:00 mark and a 9-2 run to end the quarter gave Spanish Fork a 13-point edge at the half, 40-27.
A pair of Reid treys midway through the third quarter gave Spanish Fork a 51-37 lead before Murray rallied down the stretch to cut the margin to seven at 56-49 with one quarter remaining.
The Spartans opened the fourth quarter scoring to make it a five-point game. Spanish Fork answered the challenge with Reid's trey and a two point basket and a free throw from Mike Daniels to go up 11. The Don's spent most of the remainder of the game at the free throw line. Spanish Fork gave Murray ample opportunity to get back in the game, missing 11 of 26 charity tosses in the quarter, but Murray just couldn't get the ball to go down at the other end.
Rolfe, with 13, was the only other Don in double figures. In addition to his 42 points, Reid grabbed nine rebounds and knocked down seven of 11 from three-point territory. On the night, the Dons shot the same percentage from trey range, 55 percent, as they did from the foul line.
Murray was led by Carlston's 23 and 19 from Joey Johnsen. Johnsen also had 19 boards for the Spartans.
Sky View 57, Lehi 40
Sky View outscored Lehi 10-0 over the last two minutes of the game to close the lid on the Pioneers who had managed to stay close despite shooting 35 percent from the field.
The Bobcats ran out to a 15-0 lead to start the game, holding Lehi scoreless until the 3:18 mark. The Pioneers managed to close the gap to 17-7 by the end of the quarter.
The second quarter saw a total of 14 points scored with Lehi winning the quarter 8-6, leaving Sky View on top 23-15 at the half.
In the third quarter, Cole Cooper came to life for Lehi, knocking in nine points in the stanza as the Pioneers closed the gap to 36-30 with the Bobcats still on top.
A trey by John Chamberlain to open the fourth quarter cut the margin to three but, Lehi would get no closeer. Sky View went to the inside game to open up a 12-point lead, 47-35 with five minutes remaining before Lehi closed back to within seven at 47-40 on Cooper's trey. But that would be it for Lehi as the Bobcats coasted in from the foul line.
Shane Meacham tallied 18 for Sky View to go with 13 from Bryan Webb and 11 from Casey Owen. Cooper led Lehi with 17.
Mountain Crest 86, Emery 50
Trailing 9-6 midway through the first quarter, Mountain Crest's Jason Lyle knocked down three treys in an 11-2 run to go up 17-11 after one quarter.
Emery's Nathan Huntington opened the second quarter with a trey to make it a three point game. The Mustangs then went on a 16-0 run that essentially delivered the knock-out blow as Emery never recovered. By halftime, it was a 20-point game with Mountain Crest on top 41-21.
Mountain Crest didn't let up in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 27 at 62-35. Tyler Holland's trey made it 74-39 midway through the fourth quarter as the Mustangs cruised in for the win.
Jordan 72, Pine View 56
Jordan led virtually from start to finish in the tourney's opening game. The Beetdiggers jumped to a 13-6 lead after one quarter, paced by Jarron Pew's seven point effort. Pine View closed the gap to four at 28-24 at the half but Jordan just had too much for the out-manned Panthers.
Koy Lombardi took control in the third quarter scoring 11 points for the Beetdiggers who out scored Pine View 21-10 for a 49-34 edge after three quarters. The fourth-quarter was a 22-22 draw as Jordan maintained its 15-point margin.
Lombardi and Pew each had 18 points for Jordan to go with 12 from Steve Boyack. Ryan Nelson and Geg Sampson ahd 16 and 14 respectively for Pine View.