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High school boys basketball: News and notes from Friday’s slate of games, highlighted by Lehi fourth straight win

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Lehi’s Tyson Hawkins, right, blocks the shot of Bountiful’s Rob Whaley during a game at Lehi High School on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Friday night scoreboard

Lehi extended its winning streak to four on Friday night as it used a big second quarter to pull away from visiting Bountiful on its way to the 71-56 victory.

Noa Gonsalves knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 23 points to lead the Pioneers. Tyson Hawkins chipped in with 18 points for Lehi, while Bountiful’s Robert Whaley led all scorers with 28 points.

Talon Valdes’ big game leads Juan Diego

Senior Talon Valdes scored a game-high 34 points, including the game-winning lay-up with one second remaining after a steal lead lead Juan Diego to the 67-65 win over Payson a back-and-forth game.

Juan Diego led 30-19 at the half, but Payson rallied to pull ahead and led late in the fourth quarter.

Desert Hills offense comes alive in second half

In a halftime score that more resembled a football game than basketball game, Maple Mountain led Desert Hills 14-11 at the half on Friday night.

In the second half though, Desert Hills quadrupled its production scoring 48 points as the second-ranked team in 4A pulled away for the 59-51 win at Maple Mountain.

Mason Landdeck led the Thunder with 16 points, with Peyton Holmes chipping in with 14.

Provo’s Isaac Castagnetto goes off for 30

Provo senior Isaac Castagnetto scored a game-high 30 points and buried five 3-pointers as the Bulldogs scrapped its way to a 50-41 win at Box Elder.

Castagnetto scored 60 percent of his teams points as Provo won its second straight game after a season-opening loss to Timpview.

Timpview marches into Elite 8 title game

James Rust, Jake Wahlin and James Oldroyd all scored in double figures as Timpview outscored Layton 58-50 in the fourth quarter to rally for the win in the Elite 8 semifinals.

Timpview, ranked No. 1 in 5A, improved to 3-0 with the win and will meet Wasatch Academy in Saturday’s championship game.

Layton’s Ethan Potter led all scorers with 27 points in the loss for Layton.

Wasatch Academy advanced to the title game with a narrow 53-51 over American Fork, which missed a shot at the buzzer to try and win it.

Bear River recovers in overtime

Visiting Bear River led Cottonwood by 10 at the half on Friday, but most of that lead evaporated in the final few minutes as the teams headed to overtime.

The Bears regrouped in overtime and improved to 4-1 on the season as it held off the Colts 59-47.

Bear River’s Kace Jones led all scorers with 25 points.

Panguitch dominates Wendover in early 1A showdown

In a highly-anticipated 1A clash between No. 2 Panguitch and No. 3 Wendover at the Sevier Valley Center, it was Panguitch that emerged victorious in a dominant second-half performance.

In a game that was tied 23-23 at the half, the Bobcats enjoyed a 36-12 edge in the second half on their way to the comfortable 59-35 victory.

Paxton Wolfley led Panguitch with 18 points, with Ryker Hatch adding 15 more.

Kearns remains undefeated

The Kearns Cougars improved to 4-0 this season outscoring Orem 36-26 in the second half to rally for the preseason road victory.

Gott Daw scored 20 points to pace the Cougars as he’s scored in double figures all four games this season.