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High school boys basketball: 4A second round recap, Desert Hills edges Pine View in another rivalry thriller

ST. GEORGE — The rubber match between Desert Hills and Pine View proved to be as exciting as their two Region 9 games this year.

No. 12 Desert Hills ended up winning the season series on Friday night by eking out the 57-56 win over No. 5 Pine View to advance to next Thursday’s quarterfinals at Weber State.

“Incredible game and an amazing series we’ve had with Pine View this year. All three games have come down to the final possession. Tonight’s overtime game was no different,” said Desert Hills coach Wade Turley.

The Thunder outscored Pine View 9-4 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and had a chance to win game at the end of regulation with no time left on the clock but Peyton Holmes only made 1-of-2 free throws.

Holmes led the Thunder in scoring with 17 points.

“Our team showed grit and toughness to come back from seven down early in the fourth quarter. I give our players a lot of credit for defending like champions down the stretch. To hold Pine View to four points in the fourth and three in OT is an outstanding achievement. It was the key to our victory,” said Turley.

Pine View had possession in overtime to try and get off a final shot, but Desert Hills defense never let it get a shot off.

Pine View’s Jared Koller scored 24 points to lead all scorers.

Desert Hills will face No. 4 Cedar City at 9:30 a.m. in the quarterfinals next Thursday.

Here’s a recap of the other 4A second round games:

Cedar City 54, Tooele 47

Gaige Savage netted 14 points and Jorge Santana Reyes added 11 more as Cedar City held off Tooele in the fourth quarter for the second round win.

Sky View 76, Logan 38

Mason Falslev led top-seed Sky View to another playoff victory, this time with 21 points as Sky View defeated the Grizzlies.

Hurricane 81, Bear River 67

Bryce Thomas poured in 32 points, and then Daxton Dayley recorded 21 points and 14 rebounds as Hurricane rolled past Bear River for the second round win.

Juan Diego 62, Crimson Cliffs 46

Talon Valdes netted a game-high 28 points to send the Soaring Eagles to the next round of the playoffs.

Ridgeline 72, Cedar Valley 42

Ridgeline coupled its tough defense with an efficient offense in the blowout second round win. Kaden Cox was the leading scorer in the game with 17 points, but the entire Ridgeline offense played an exceptional game to help them advance into the third round.

Green Canyon 59, Stansbury 44

McKay Yorgason scored a game-high 22 points with a pair of 3-pointers as visiting Green Canyon beat Stansbury to beat Stansbury in the 4A second round.

Dixie 58, Snow Canyon 48

Despite Dixie’s lead growing steadily throughout the game but the game, the contest always felt close. Dixie’s balanced scoring attack helped it maintain the lead. Snow Canyon’s Cole Warner was the top scorer of the game with 18, but his stellar performance just fell short of what Snow Canyon needed to advance further into the playoffs.