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High school boys basketball: 6A first round recap, buzzer beater helps West Jordan avoid upset

Logan Prince scored on a lay-up with two seconds remaining as West Jordan avoids losing to region foe Kearns in 6A first round

WEST JORDAN — Logan Prince converted a lay-up with two seconds remaining as No. 10-seed West Jordan avoided a big upset bid from No. 23-Kearns on Wednesday as the Jaguars held for the 43-41 win in the 6A opening round.

Even though West Jordan’s third win over region foe Kearns this year wasn’t pretty, that’s just fine with coach Mason Sawyer.

“We didn’t play great but we found a way to win. Survive and advance,” said Sawyer. “Kearns deserves a lot of credit. They played really hard and are tough for us to guard.”

Kearns led 35-26 heading into the fourth quarter but the Jaguars played great defense in the fourth quarter and starting shots at the other end to rally for the win.

Esafe Taufahema led West Jordan with 12 points, with Prince adding 10.

West Jordan advanced to Friday’s 6A second round with the victory and will travel to No. 7 seed Herriman. The teams met the opening game of the season two days before Thanksgiving with with Herriman winning 59-49.

Here’s a recap of the other 6A first round games on Wednesday.

Jordan 58, Roy 45

Dyson Koehler scored 27 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as the Beetdiggers pulled away from Roy with a strong second half. Dante’ Martin added 10 points for Jordan.

Lone Peak 80, Northridge 78

Josh Jackson’s 28 points, seven rebounds and four steals helped Lone Peak rally in the fourth quarter to edge out upset-minded Northridge. Trey Simms led Northridge in the loss with 24 points.

Taylorsville 67, American Fork 52

Cameron Millican was one of three Warriors who scored in double-figures as Taylorsville took down defending state champion American Fork. Leading 28-24 at the half, Taylorsville used a 39-28 edge in the second half to pull way for the win.

Westlake 80, Hunter 51

Westlake took down the Wolverines behind 22 points from Noah McCord. The Thunder turned a four point halftime lead into a 29-point win in large part because of a 55-point second half.

Copper Hills 67, Granger 52

Stone Hutchins poured in 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Kylan Shorts added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists as the Grizzlies used a big second half to avoid Granger’s upset bid in the 6A first round.

Riverton 70, Cyprus 59

Cameron Fischer scored 24 points and Stockton Rigby added 12 as Riverton overcame an early 16-9 deficit against Cyprus en route to the 6A first round win. Quentin Meza scored 28 points and made seven 3-pointers in the loss for the Pirates.

Herriman 72, West 55

Herriman jumped out to a nine-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back in the comfortable first-round victory over West.

Weber 55, Syracuse 51

Weber turned a eight point halftime deficit into a narrow playoff win thanks to a 36 point second half and a big performance from Cannon Devries who scored a game-high 20 points.

Pleasant Grove 90, Clearfield 72

Kael Mikkelsen scored 28 points and Isaac Vaha added 18 more as Pleasant Grove used a dominant 29-16 advantage in the second quarter to pull away from Clearfield for the first round win.