OGDEN — The chance of 5-foot-11 Riverton guard Jon Hansen exciting the crowd with a thundering dunk is very remote, so he resorts to different measures to accomplish that goal, like knocking down a three-pointer.
"When Jon hits a three it's like a dunk for us," Riverton coach Steve Galley said.
The junior sharpshooter drilled three three-pointers during a 21-0 Riverton run to lead the Silverwolves to a 63-40 victory over Taylorsville in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament Tuesday.
"Jon is our shooter," Galley said. "When we can spring him open he's going to make more shots than he misses."
Hansen scored all 12 of his points with the 3-ball. He is no stranger to great work behind the arc. He nailed five and scored 21 points earlier in the year when Riverton beat then-No. 1 Bingham by 17 points.
"When Jon hits a couple of threes it's tough because you have to honor Joe (Darger) and Nick (Booth) inside," Galley said. "It frees things up when he gets going."
Darger and Booth had big games. Darger finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Booth tallied 12 points and four rebounds.
"When Jon gets going with Joe and Nick inside doing their thing, it's a lethal combination," Galley said.
Hansen's hot hand couldn't have come at a better time. The Silverwolves (13-9) had dropped four straight league games to West Jordan, Bingham, Jordan and Alta to end the year.
In Tuesday's game, Taylorsville (14-7) jumped out a 12-4 lead behind two consecutive hoops by Colby Vranes before Riverton went on a 24-3 spanning the last half of the first quarter and all of the second. At one point the run was 21-0.
In that stretch, Hansen had nine points and Booth added nine more. Taylorsville went nearly eight minutes without scoring.
The Silverwolves (13-9) shot 46.7 percent from the field for the game — including 5-of-8 from the three-point line, while Taylorsville shot 40 percent. The Warriors were just 1-of-8 from behind the arc.
In other upper-bracket games Tuesday:
VIEWMONT 64, HUNTER 49: The Viewmont Vikings appeared the have Tuesday's Class 5A first-round game with Hunter in the bag more than once, but the Wolverines wouldn't go away.
Leading by just a point at the half, the Vikings held the Wolverines (12-10) scoreless for the first four minutes of the third quarter en route to the victory.
Sophomore Sol Jensen led the Vikings with 13 points and Jeff Sukhan and Brickton Flammer added 12 each, while Dan Davis finished with 11.
Otis Nelson led the Wolverines with 12 points and Craig Morris followed with 11.
ALTA 58, CLEARFIELD 36: Alta's Geoff Payne scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half as the No. 1 Hawks cruised to the easy victory.
The Hawks led by 14 at the end of the first quarter.
Payne was 9-of-12 from the field and pulled down four rebounds.
Josh Olsen drilled two three-pointers en route to 14 points.
Randy Grundvig led Clearfield with 11 points.
DAVIS 47, HILLCREST 37: After trailing by as many as nine points in the second half, the defending champion Darts ended the game with a 13-0 run to advance.
Hillcrest didn't score in the final five minutes. The Huskies shot just 1-of-10 in the final quarter.
Davis' Carter Burningham completed the comeback and gave the Darts the lead for good at 38-37 with a pair of foul shots.
Burningham and Rand Sargent led the Darts with 11 points each, and Vince Hights led Hillcrest with 11.