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Hawks cruise into semis

OGDEN — On a scale of 1 to 10, Alta coach Dave Pimm rated his team's play in their first two games of the Class 5A state tournament a "6 or 7."

With their latest win — a 64-48 decision over Viewmont Thursday — the No. 1 Hawks played better than they did in their 22-point win over Clearfield on Tuesday, but Pimm knows there is plenty of room for improvement.

"We're not clicking on all cylinders, but we're getting better," Pimm said.

Thursday night, the Hawks (20-2) completed the all-Region 2 Final Four and join Bingham, Jordan and Riverton.

That should go as a scary message to the rest of the field.

The Hawks proved they were the best team in the state's best region by going 13-1, and now they have just two more games to prove they are the best team in the state.

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"I'm not disappointed, but I know we can play better," Pimm said. "We'll play better (Friday) and again Saturday if we get there."

Alta plays Riverton tonight at 6. In their previous two meetings, the Hawks won by an average of 12.5 points.

With the win, the Hawks have won 13 straight games. Their last loss was to Bingham on Jan. 14.

Danny Reeder (19), Geoff Payne (16) and Tayler Alvey (12) combined for 47 of Alta's 68 points. Josh Olsen was held to just nine points.

"Viewmont played a great game," Pimm said. "They played better than what we prepared for."

It's hard to think the Hawks can play much better. They shot 47.6 percent from the floor; 76.5 percent from the foul line; assisted on 12 of their 20 field goals; out-rebounded Viewmont 32-18; and turned the ball over just 13 times.

The Hawks jumped out to an 11-point first-quarter lead on a three-pointer by Alvey and never looked back.

Viewmont's James Sukhan drilled back-to-back three-pointers to trim the lead to two points midway through the third quarter, but the Hawks built it back up to nine at the half.

Alta led by as many as 17 points when Reeder scored five straight points midway through the third quarter.

Sukhan paced the Vikings (16-7) with 16 points, and Brickton Flammer added 10.