OREM — All Orem senior guard Pat Thomas wants is to be remembered for a long time, and after Wednesday's 26-point outing in the Tigers' 61-56 victory over No. 2 Mountain View he should be remembered as the Bruin killer.
"He single-handedly beat us," Mountain View coach Rob Cuff said. "We tried everything we could to stop him, and he had a great night. . . . I don't know the last time someone scored over 20 on us."
The Bruins had a difficult time guarding the 6-foot-4 senior as he hit five 3-pointers, and two of them were from 30 feet.
"I was pleased with our defensive effort and foul shooting down the wire, and it all comes down to getting the ball to the right person, and we got the ball to Pat Thomas at the end of the game," Orem coach Greg Sheide said after seeing his No. 5 Tigers improve to 3-2 in Region 3 play and 9-5 overall.
Thomas also hit 9-of-11 foul shots including 6-for-6 in the final 1:45.
"We've got a great free-throw shooter in Pat Thomas," Sheide said. "I like our odds when he's at the line at the end of the game."
The two teams were tied at 39-39 with just over seven minutes to go in the game, and it seesawed back and forth for the next 2 1/2 minutes with neither team taking more than a one-point lead.
Trailing by one with just over five minutes to go, Orem's Chet Cusick buried a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Tigers the lead for good in front of the packed house.
The Tigers went up by as many as six points in the final minutes, and the Bruins managed to cut it to two points at 49-47 on two foul pitches by Dan Henry. But Orem was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line in the final two minutes.
"We scouted them very well. My assistant coach, Mike Conner, gets a lot of the credit because he put in the game plan tonight," Sheide said. "He's seen them five times. He knows what they do."
With the loss the Bruins fall to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Henry finished with 18 points, which included a monster one-handed rebound dunk midway through the first half, while Chad Olson, who started in place of Karl Riding, added 12 points. Riding ended with 12 points off the bench.
Behind Thomas' 26, Jonny Harline was held some eight points below his average with nine.
In other boys action Wednesday night:
ALTA 58, BRIGHTON 49:Andrew Smart scored a game-high 19 points and teammate Blake Richardson added 10 more as the Hawks picked up their first region victory. Josh Olsen led the Bengals in a losing effort, with 17 points, and teammate Bryce Pearson added 14.
WEBER 68, BONNEVILLE 51: Weber's Brady Hess exploded for 22 points as the Warriors topped Bonneville.
FREMONT 53, ROY 38:Jared Jensen scored 23 points as the Silverwolves beat Roy.
SKY VIEW 54, MOUNTAIN CREST 41: Nate Harris and his 15 points led Sky View over Mountain Crest.
BOX ELDER 59, LOGAN 55: Brady Quayle led the Bees to a win with 19 points in their win over the Grizzlies.
PAYSON 77, AMERICAN FORK 68: Skyler Crouch scored 37 points in the nine-point win over the Cavemen.
PINE VIEW 72, SNOW CANYON 56: Jeff Madsen led Pine View to an easy win with 17 points.
UNION 66, LEHI 65: Union's Brayden McCairns rebounded a missed 3-pointer and hit a layup at the buzzer to help the Cougars edge Lehi.
PARK CITY 62, UINTAH 61: The Miners' Brennan Jones made a 3-pointer and was fouled with 40 seconds to go in the game. He then made the free throw to tie the game, capping an 11-point comeback by Park City.
SOUTH SUMMIT 63, GRANTSVILLE 58: Grantsville's Chris Menghi and Matt Gines had 13 points each, helping the Cowboys to a win over South Summit.
NORTH SEVIER 41, SOUTH SEVIER 37: North Sevier's Seth Hallows and Josh Wasden combined for 19 points as the Wolves edged South Sevier.
MANTI 49, JUAB 48: Manti's Scott Christensen netted 12 points as the Templars beat Juab, which was playing without their leading scorer in Scot Howarth, who injured his right arm in practice last week.
WEST DESERT 72, EAST CARBON 46: Kaleb Murphy led West Desert to a win with 29 points, including seven 3-point shots. Tony McFarland was the top scorer for East Carbon with 16 points.
WATERFORD 71, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 47: Ryan Judd led Waterford to an easy win with 14 points. Eleven Waterford players scored.
ENTERPRISE 55, KANAB 51: Rance Pickering led Enterprise with 19 points.
NORTH SUMMIT 62, ROWLAND HALL 61: Adam Brown hit two free throws with less than a second to go to give North Summit the win.
INT. CHRISTIAN 69, WEST RIDGE 55: Brewster Christiansen led Intermountain Christian with 26 points in their win over West Ridge Academy.
BEAVER 65, PAROWAN 55: Matt Albrecht led three Beavers who scored at least 13 points.
ST. JOSEPH 51, SALT LAKE LUTHERAN 38: Mark Pretti led St. Joseph's with 12 points in their win over Salt Lake Lutheran.
DUGWAY 70, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 39: Jeremy Nelson led Dugway to a nonregion win with 21 points.
GRANITE 82, NORTH SANPETE 53: Granite's Herman Johnson and Andy Pace combined for 57 points as the Farmers ousted North Sanpete.
UNION 61, LEHI 34: Union's Janeen Nelson netted 12 points and teammates Kelly Gardner and Jackie Labrum each added seven as the Cougars crushed Lehi.
MONTICELLO 52, DOVE CREEK, Colo. 41: Ellie Sewright led Monticello to a win with 10 points, while teammate Sulane Freestone added nine points and 18 rebounds.