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SPANISH FORK BOWS TO SKY VIEW IN OT; MOUNTAIN CREST WINS

Second ranked Mountain Crest stayed on track for a crack at the Boys 3A State Basketball Championship with a resounding win over third ranked Jordan Wednesday night.

Mountain Crest moves on to meet Region Five rival Sky View in a Friday semifinal game. Sky View scored 20 points in a three-minute overtime to push Spanish Fork into the consolation bracket.In Wednesday's consolation play, Pine View ousted Emery from the tourney 80-68 and Murray sent Lehi home 75-63.

In today's action, top ranked Ogden faces a tough Tooele squad and Box Elder takes on Payson in championship play. Bountiful meets Springville and Union faces Granite in consolation action at the Dee Events Center at Weber State University.

Sky View 75, Spanish Fork 59 OT

Spanish Fork looked like it was on its way to the semifinals with :06 remaining and a three point lead, 55-52. Then the roof fell in. Spanish Fork's Ryan Blanchard fouled Sky View's Shane Meacham as Meacham let a trey attempt fly putting Meacham on the line for three free throws. Meacham made only one but teammate Greg Robertson rebounded and tipped the ball to Casey Owen who was fouled on the play.

Owen knocked down both free throws to send the game into overtime.

Then things really got bad for Spanish Fork. Sky View reeled off 12 straight points as the Dons missed their first four shots. The Bobcats sealed the game from the line down the stretch for a 75-59 win.

Spanish Fork was in control right down to the final seconds of regulation play. The Dons shot out to a 15-10 lead after one quarter on Robbie Reid's nine point effort. The lead went to seven at the half as Spanish Fork outscored Sky View 14-12 in the second period for a 29-22 lead.

Sky View trimmed the lead to five after three periods at 39-34. The Bobcats reeled off 21 fourth-quarter points to earn overtime.

Reid led the Dons with 25 to go with 11 from Blanchard and 10 from Mike Daniels. Sky View got 21 from Meacham, 16 from Bryan Webb, 12 from Robertson and 10 from Ken Albrechtsen.

Mountain Crest 66, Jordan 46

Jordan turned the ball over on eight straight possessions during one stretch of the third quarter as the Beetdiggers managed only two points in the period allowing Mountain Crest to break open a close game and cruise in for the win.

Mountain Crest was up 29-26 at the half and scored the first five points of the third quarter to go up 34-26 before Jordan's Koy Lombardi shook loose for a jumper in the lane to make it 34-28. The rest of the quarter would be all Mountain Crest as the Mustang's scored the final 15 points to go up 49-28.

Even with the second team playing the final two minutes of the third quarter and the first half of the final period, the Mustangs managed to keep the lead at 20. And, with 2:18 left, the starters for both teams went to the bench.

Mountain Crest jumped to a quick 7-2 lead before Jordan fought back to go up 10-7. A trey by Jason Lyle, his second of the quarter, made it 15-12 for Mountain Crest and Ryan Pond drained another Mustang trey to end the quarter to make it 20-14 at the first break.

Jordan cut the lead to 22-18 early in the second but Gifford Baugh nailed Mountain Crest's fourth trey of the game to make it a seven point edge. Jordan's 8-2 run made it 27-26 for the Mustangs before Brandt Wilcox scored inside to make it 29-26 at the half.

Mountain Crest got 13 points from Aaron Thatcher and 11 from Lyle in a balanced attack. Jordan was paced by 17 from Lombardi.

Pine View 80, Emery 68

Ryan Nelson hit a trey midway through the opening quarter to put Pine View up 14-7 and the Panthers never looked back. By the end of the period it was 22-15 for Pine View.

The lead went to 10 at 27-17 when Greg Sampson hit all three free throws awarded after he was fouled on a trey attempt. Ryan Burke put down his third trey of the game at the buzzer as Emery trimmed the lead to six at 39-33 at the half.

The third quarter was a standoff as Emery out scored the Panthers 16-15 to get within five at 54-49.

Sophomore Ryan Lewis, who spent most of the first three quarters on the bench in foul trouble, went wild to open the final period with eight points sandwiched around a lone Emery basket. The Panthers went up 12 at 63-51 before Emery made one final run to cut the margin back to four at 63-59. At that point, the Sampson twins took over for Pine View scoring 11 of the Panther's 17 points in the 80-68 win.

For the winners, Greg Sampson tallied 20, Ryan Nelson 19 and Eric Sampson and Lewis 14 each. Kevin Ediger had 30 for Emery to go with 11 each from Jon Skipps, Ryan Burke and Nathan Huntington.

Murray 75, Lehi 63

Murray used a 21 point second quarter to take control against Lehi. Lehi led 16-12 after the first period as Cole Cooper and John Chamberlain combined for nine points.

Kevin Carlston and Joey Johnsen scored seven and six points respectively in the second quarter as Murray ran to a 33-27 halftime lead.

The Spartans increased the lead by one after three quarters, 50-43. In the final period, Carlston went wild, throwing in 10 points as Murray scored 25 to up the winning margin to 12, 75-63.

Carlston had a game high 27 to go with 19 from Johnsen and 12 from Brian Anderson. For Lehi, Cooper scored 15 and Chamberlain 10.