High school boys basketball: Notes and highlights from Friday’s games, including Skyridge blowing out Corner Canyon in statement win
In a matchup between two top ten teams in the latest RPI, Skyridge showed they are legitimate contenders with a 67-43 thrashing of Corner Canyon Friday night to improve to 12-2 on the season (4-0 in Region 4).
Leading by 11 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Falcons closed the game out with authority, outscoring the Chargers 21-8 over the final eight minutes.
Skyridge had four players reach double figures in scoring, led by Nick Holland and Colby Carter, who scored 19 and 17, respectively. Holland also notched eight assists.
The Falcons recorded 17 assists on 21 made field goals.
“We were very pleased with our effort on both ends of the court tonight,” Skyridge head coach Jeff Gardner said. “To hold Corner Canyon to 43 points and to shoot 55% was a great accomplishment.”
Cedar hands top-ranked Snow Canyon its first loss of the year
In what was one of the biggest upsets of the night, the Reds — who came into the game with a 7-8 record — dealt 4A’s top-ranked Snow Canyon squad its first defeat of the season Friday night by a final score of 62-47. The Warriors fell to 16-1 on the season.
Cedar got rolling early in the game, outscoring Snow Canyon 25-14 in the first eight minutes of play, dealing a deficit that the Warriors couldn’t recover from.
Zab Santana scored 25 points for the Reds, followed by Aaron Munson, who notched 17 points.
Cyprus pulls away late to beat Hunter despite 38 points from Darius Henderson
In a back-and-forth Region 2 showdown, Cyprus was able to pull itself together late to secure a 69-60 win over Hunter Friday night. The win pushed the Pirates to 4-0 in region (tied with Kearns for the top spot) and 10-5 overall.
Cyprus struggled to slow down Hunter’s Darius Henderson, who accounted for more than half of the Wolverines’ points. Henderson finished the game with a season-high 38 points on six made three pointers.
Cyprus had a much more balanced scoring attack, with four different players scoring 10 or more points. Junior Quentin Meza scored a team-high 22 points for the Pirates.
“It’s always a great game when we play our rival from up the street,” Cyprus head coach Tré Smith said. “Tonight was about unity and love for each other. Hunter has been through some tough times the past few months and our players wanted to show them love and support. Our kids fought to the end to secure the win and keep us rolling in region.”
Bonneville avoids upset, edges out Viewmont in overtime
The 10-win Lakers faced a real challenge to secure win No. 11 Friday night against Viewmont, but managed to narrowly come out on top 67-65 after an overtime period. It was the third region win for Bonneville, who came into the game as 5A’s fourth ranked team in the RPI (Viewmont was 25th).
Trailing by eight points at halftime, Bonneville outscored the Vikings 19-6 to regain control of the game. Viewmont rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but was unable to pull off the upset win.
“Tonight’s game showcased how competitive region 5 will be,” Bonneville head coach Kyle Bullinger said. “Credit to Coach Emery and the Viewmont players, who absolutely lit it up in the first half. We were very proud of how our kids responded in the third quarter, and, obviously, the final quarter and overtime which featured big-time play after big-time play.”
American Fork picks up narrow, defensive upset over Lone Peak
Points were hard to come by in Friday night’s Region 4 matchup between American Fork and Lone Peak, but the Cavemen were able to scrape together a couple more points to secure a 38-36 upset win over the Knights.
American Fork started strong — leading by 10 at halftime — and managed to hold off a late surge from Lone Peak despite scoring only 14 points in the second half. Conversely, the Cavemen held the Knights to just 14 points in the first half.
Lone Peak’s Mckay Tanner led all scorers with 13 points, while Ollie Anderson led the Cavemen with 11.
“Tonight was a great defensive battle in region 4,” American Fork head coach Ryan Cuff said while crediting Lone Peak for the fight they showed in the second half.
“We recognize that this is a big win for us on the road and we hope to build on it going into our next game against Westlake. Our guys hung in there until the end and overall it was a team effort.”
LCA stays perfect in Region 13 with a road win over Morgan
Searching for its 10th win of the season, Layton Christian Academy traveled to Morgan Friday night to take on the Trojans (10-5). The teams traded blows, but it was the Eagles who came out with a minimal, 51-50 victory to improve to 4-0 in region play.
After trailing by nine heading into the second half, the Eagles used a big third quarter to take a 5-point lead into the fourth quarter — which they ended up needing to stave off a late surge by the Trojans.
LCA had three different players score in double figures, led by Sammy Ishimwe, who scored 17 points.
“It was a great battle tonight,” LCA head coach Bobby Porter said. “Morgan played hard and it was a state tournament atmosphere — I loved it. We were able to pull it out on Morgan’s home floor, which I’ll take.”