As far as Brighton was concerned, something had to be done about Ben Capell. All the top-ranked Bengals needed was a win over No. 3 Mountain View Tuesday to capture the Region 4 title - even if they lost Friday against Alta - but Capell was killing them.
After Capell hit a 3-pointer at the top of the key to give Mountain View a 51-47 lead with 6:39 left in the game, Brighton coach Jim Jimas called a timeout and, among other things. told his team it couldn't give Capell that shot, or any other, for that matter.Inside or out, it didn't seem to make a difference; Capell was having a career night. And just when it looked like Brighton had finally cooled him off, he stepped up and hit four free throws in the final 30 seconds to give Mountain View at least a share of the Region 4 title with a 62-56 win.
Capell finished with a career-high 27 points. "I wasn't really thinking about offense. (Morgan) Smith had 26 points on me last time we played, so I was just trying to concentrate on defense. All I can say is I'm just happy for the team," Capell said.
Capell's biggest free throws came with 18 seconds left in the game. Smith had just scored to cut Mountain View's lead to 57-56 when Capell was fouled. He made both free throws to give the Bruins some breathing room.
Brighton then missed a 3-pointer before Capell was fouled again. His two free throws with 10 seconds to play secured the victory for Mountain View.
"Ben Capell's broken teams with big shots like that all year. He does it with hard work and hustle," said Mountain View coach Rob Cuff.
Brighton, led by 19 points from Smith, now must beat Alta on Friday to share in the Region 4 title. After missing on an opportunity to put the region title away, all coach Jim Jimas would say before walking into the locker room was, "They made the plays, and we didn't. That's the bottom line."
In other action Tuesday:
Layton 97, Clearfield 78: Chad King scored 21 points and Dan Jacobs added 20 as the Lancers overcame a 46-40 halftime deficit. Clearfield's Bryan Ransom led all scorers with 26.
Northridge 87, Bonneville 73: Paul Sackolwitz finished with 21 points as the Knights topped the visiting Lakers. Curtis Elifritz had 23 for Bonneville,
Roy 82, Weber 77: The Royals upset the second-ranked Warriors in Pleasant View behind 31 points from Danny Thomas. Mike Puzey chipped in 21 for Roy, while Nic Sparrow had 22 for Weber.
Bountiful 48, Highland 46: Brett Hewlett provided the winning margin by hitting two free throws with one second remaining. Brandt Peterson led the Braves with 14 points, while Highland's Don Delamare had 16.
Davis 64, Skyline 49: Tyler Finlinson's 16 points paced the Darts past the Eagles. Davis led 60-30 after three quarters.
Viewmont 55, Cottonwood 46: Jake Shoff finished with 15 points as the No. 4-ranked Vikings clipped the Colts. Shawn Andreason and Shawn Dennery each had 16 for Cottonwood.
Granger 65, Bingham 48: Adam Gallagher and Tim Erickson combined for 39 points as the Lancers rolled past the Miners. Eric Barton led Bingham with 14.
Taylorsville 51, Hunter 49 : A buzzer-beater by Michael Vranes lifted the Warriors past the Wolverines. Hunter's Cory Grow led all scorers with 13.
West Jordan 62, Copper Hills 53: Ben Curtis hit four 3-pointers en route to 26 points as the Jaguars held off the Grizzlies.
Alta 66, American Fork 52: Nate Knight led the fifth-ranked Hawks past the Cavemen with 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Hillcrest 60, Orem 44: The Huskies turned back the Tigers behind 20 points from Spencer Cottle. Brian Matthews added 13 for Hillcrest, while Jason Gonzalez topped Orem with 13.
East 47, Cyprus 38: Matt Lowe hit high honors with 16 as the fourth-ranked Leopards edged the Pirates with a 17-5 fourth-quarter run. Trevor Wilson led Cyprus with 15.
Judge 56, Tooele 51: Jason Soto's 26 points powered the Bulldogs past the Buffaloes. Judge held on after building a 32-23 halftime lead.
Murray 75, Woods Cross 66: Jeff Johnsen scored 31 points as the top-ranked Spartans prevailed in Davis County. J.D. Moss finished with 27 for the Wildcats.
West 62, Olympus 52: Dave Bennett scored 14 points led three others in double figures as the visiting Panthers toppled the Titans. Chris Kinsley had 15 for Oly.
Region 14 East
ICS 60, SL Lutheran 37: Jarrod Hoagland's 16 points paced the No. 5-ranked Lions over the Lynx. Darren Morrison took game-high honors with 21.
St. Joseph 59, Mount Vernon 52: Scott Platz recorded 20 points as the Jayhawks flew past the Patriots. Dajun Heaps led Mount Vernon with 18.
Waterford 70, SLCA 58: Grant Goodson and Jason Hewlett teamed for 30 points as the fourth-ranked Wolves downed the Dragonslayers. Eric Vegh had 17 for SLCA.