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FREE THROWS PROVE THE DIFFERENCE AS MOUNTAIN VIEW DEFEATS PROVO

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The difference between the second ranked 5A team and the second ranked 4A team at least Thursday night in Provo, was free throws.

For the most part Mountain View made them and Provo didn't. The result was predictable - a 62-52 Bruin win.Mountain View came into the game ranked second in 5A. The Bruins shot 77 percent from the charity stripe, including 9-of-13 shooting in the fourth quarter. Provo, 4A's second ranked team, managed just 47 percent from the free-throw line for the game.

Provo jumped out early leading 14-6 in the first quarter compliments of eight Mountain View turnovers. But by the half Mountain View had the lead at 24-23.

Mountain View entered the fourth quarter up 39-36, then slowly began to pull away. Mountain View led 48-43, when Brent Ramey hit a 3-pointer that broke Provo's back. The Bulldogs proceeded to miss four straight free throws, then cut the lead to 51-45 on an offensive rebound basket from Matt Williams. But the Bruins got it right back when Seth Marek threaded the needle and slipped a perfect pass to Ramey that resulted in an easy layup.

Provo's Jeremy Frampton then hit three free throws to close the gap to 53-46. The Bruins then iced the game when Ryan Cheesman stepped to the free-throw line in a one-and-one situation. Cheesman made the first one and missed the second, but 6-10 Jake Fugal grabbed the rebound and scored.

"Defense was the key for Provo to stay in the game early and defense was the key for us to come away with the win," said Mountain View coach Rob Cuff.

Defense, and Jared Hunsaker's free-throw shooting. Hunsaker was a perfect 11-for-11 from the line. He finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cheesman led the Bruins with 20.

Williams led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Kris Cox added 15.

The Bruins now take on the top ranked 4A team in Timpview Friday night.

Elsewhere around the state:

Fremont 64, Highland 53

At Highland, Fremont overcame a first half deficit and a 24-point effort by Todd Christensen to get its first win. Corey Melaney dumped in 16 while Tom Grant had 11 points and controlled the boards to key the win for the Silver Wolves.

Sky View 60, Snow Canyon 54

At Snow Canyon, Ken Clark keyed a Sky View win with 26 points. The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead but the Warriors closed the gap to one by the end of the third. Casey Shirts scored 17 included 3 three-pointers for Snow Canyon.

Juab 62, Mt. Vernon 47

Juab outscored Mt. Vernon by 11 in the fourth quarter after the Patriots hit 7 of 9 threes in the third to pull within four. J.C. Reed led the Wasps in scoring with 14 while teammate Mike Allred chipped in 13.

Bountiful 72, Bonneville 69

At Bonneville, Brett Allen scored 18 and James Cahoon 15 for Bountiful as the Braves captured a non-region win over the Lakers who nearly stole the game away with a strong fourth quarter. Bountiful improves its preseason record to 3-0 while Bonneville drops to 2-2.

Taylorsville 68, Clearfield 62

In the Alta Tournament, Michael Vranes scored 17 to lead the Titans past Clearfield for the right to face the 1st ranked Hawks.

Alta 78, Skyline 48

At Alta the Hawks pounded visiting Skyline with three players scoring in double figures. Adam Sharp poured in 25 including three treys while Brad Willden scored 16.

Box Elder 76, Pine View 49

At St. George, Box Elder jumped out to a 19-11 first quarter lead and increased the margin to 40-21 at halftime. Casey Blacker paced the Bees with 21 points.

Cedar City 63, Lehi 50

At Cedar City, Lehi staged a fourth-quarter rally but had too much ground to make up. David Evans scored 20 points and Karl Bhoman 15 to pace Cedar City.