Davis edges rival Layton to stay undefeated
Davis’ Rex Sunderland scored 30 points as 6A’s top-ranked team improved to 12-0 on the season by pulling away from rival Layton in the fourth quarter for the 54-48 win.
Layton trailed 30-23 at the break, but took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter led by Mitch Johnson, who led the Lancers with 18 points.
Sunderland helped Davis regain the lead in the fourth for the Region 1 victory.
“Layton is always a tough place to win. We feel very fortunate. We played tough team defense, and just well enough offensively to get the win. Rex was awesome. He carried our team tonight. Proud of the way our guys competed. To get a region road win gets us off to a good start to region play,” said Davis coach Chad Sims.
Kearns rallies past Hunter for Region 2 win
Kearns kicked off Region 2 play with a 52-40 win over Hunter led by a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures.
Amare Amed led the way with 14 points, with Javon Lee adding a dozen.
The Cougars used a big fourth quarter to pull away and improve to 10-2 on the season. They only led 33-32 heading into the fourth, but held Hunter to just eight points in the final eight minutes.
“We got back to our identity. We had the right people doing the right things. Ivy (Lavizzo) creating turnovers, your shooters getting looks and getting pressure on ball,” said Kearns coach Dan Cosby. “JJ (Lee) and Amare hit big 3s late in the game.”
Sefa Brown buries game-winner for Highland
Not much went right for Highland in the fourth quarter at East, that is until the final seconds.
After seeing a fourth quarter lead disappear, Highland regained the lead for good with two seconds remaining as Sefa Brown hit a jumper on an assist from Matt Lambson to clinch the 45-44 region-opening win.
“These kids played so hard, I’m so happy for them,” said Highland coach Chris Jones. “Matt almost lost the ball on that last play, but he made a heck of pass and Sefa knocked it down. Such a great high school game and environment.”
Skyline rallies past Brighton with wild fourth quarter
Skyline and Brighton combined to score 53 points in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, with Skyline accounting for 33 of those points as it rallied for the 78-70 victory in the Region 6 opener.
Yorgio Golesis scored 29 points for the Eagles, with Kolton Smith adding 23 and Peter Broadbent chipping in with 21.
The trio’s big night spoiled a fantastic 43-point night from Brighton’s Nash Matheson.
“We played a very tough Brighton team. My guys played a great second half. We were able to get some defensive stops and executed on offense by opening up their tough zone. We got good looks at the basket by knocking down 3s and attacking the rim moving the ball around forcing their zone to have move,” said Skyline coach Cory Plant. “I was very proud of our team tonight for fighting through a slow start. Kudos to Brighton for the way they played. I am grateful we could get the win.”
Bingham needs OT to beat Cyprus
After surviving an onslaught of 3-pointers from Cyprus late in the fourth quarter, Bingham dominated in overtime for the 65-52 nonregion victory.
Tyler Newbold led a balanced scoring attack for Bingham with 18 points, while Cyprus’ Quentin Meza led all scores with 20 points.
The game featured some wild momentum swings in the second half, but Bingham coach Kyle Straatman was pleased with how his players never got too high or low amid the runs.
“Tonight was a great game between two good teams. We started slow but our defense was able to keep us in the game until our offense caught up in the second half. We got up by about 10 but Cyprus did not give up and came roaring back by hitting three 3’s in the last two minutes,” said Straatman. “Our defense continued through the end of regulation and into overtime led by Devin Carlson who was able to guard at all three levels.”
Bingham improved to 10-2 overall with the win, and it will wrap up preseason play on Friday when it hosts Pleasant Grove.