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High school boys basketball: 5A state tournament quarterfinals capsules (+ predictions)

Here’s a look at the eight teams who advanced to the 5A quarterfinals at the University of Utah this week.

The Springville Red Devils defeat Maple Mountain Golden Eagles 54-36 at Springville High School in Springville on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
The Springville Red Devils defeat Maple Mountain Golden Eagles 54-36 at Springville High School in Springville on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News

The 5A state tournament gets underway again this Tuesday with the quarterfinals at the University of Utah.

The top remaining seeds are No. 2 Springville, No. 3 Woods Cross and No. 4 Timpview after top-seed Maple Mountain lost in the second round to Provo.

The first quarterfinal is slated for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday between Timpview and Murray.

Here’s a closer look at the eight remaining teams in the 5A state tournament.


No. 2 Springville Red Devils (19-5)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head Coach: Justin Snell (fifth year)

Region: First in Region 8 with 12-2 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Bountiful, Tuesday, 12:50 p.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Springville 76, Mountain View 52

Best victory: 57-55 win vs. Westlake on Dec. 21

Top contributors:

  • #24 Zach Visentin, Sr., C (17.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg)
  • #4 Paul Terry, Sr., G (11.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.0 spg)
  • #3 Cooper Riggs, Sr., G (10.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg)
  • #2 Austin Mortensen, Sr., G (7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg)
  • #1 Landon Haslem, Sr., G (6.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.8 apg)

Scoring offense: 66.7 ppg (3rd in 5A)

Scoring defense: 56.2 ppg (10th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2017 (4A)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Win over Farmington in championship

Edward’s Evaluation: With arguably the best center in 5A, and a strong supporting cast around him, it’s easy to see why Springville is the top remaining seed in playoffs. It’s certainly beatable though as Payson and Salem Hills — two teams no longer in the playoffs — beat the Red Devils this month in region play. Springville’s offense has the been its strength this year, but it will need to lean more on the defense in hopes of claiming the state title.


No. 3 Woods Cross Wildcats (18-5)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head Coach: Jeff Jorgensen (second year)

Region: First in Region 5 with 8-2 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Orem, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Woods Cross 62, Box Elder 50

Best victory: 64-59 win vs. Skyridge on Dec. 3

  • Top contributors:
  • #23 Jake Howe, Sr., G (15.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.3 apg)
  • #34 Tyler Roberts, Sr., F (12.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg)
  • #5 Quaid Knell, Sr., G (9.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg)
  • #33 Alex Dimick, Sr., F (8.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg)
  • #12 Elliott Spencer, Sr., G (7.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg)

Scoring offense: 66.6 ppg (4th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 58.7 ppg (16th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1983 (4A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Olympus 77-57 in 5A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Springville in semifinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Woods Cross loves to push the pace as it ranks fourth in 5A in scoring this year, and its quarterfinal opponent Orem also likes to play up tempo. Getting stops will be key though because maintaining an up-tempo pace at state can be difficult. Experience could give Woods Cross an edge over most teams as its five leading scorers are all seniors.


No. 4 Timpview T-Birds (19-6)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head Coach: Kevin Santiago (seventh year)

Region: Tied for second in Region 7 with 7-5 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Murray, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Timpview 75, Highland 49
  • Second round: Timpview 46, East 43

Best victory: 58-49 win at Pleasant Grove on Nov. 26

Top contributors:

  • #10 Jake Wahlin, Jr., G (13.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg)
  • #32 Coleman Ford, Jr., G (13.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.0 spg)
  • #13 Jaxon Santiago, Jr., G (10.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg)
  • #4 Josh Hansen, Jr., G (6.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg)
  • #5 Jacob Gates, Jr., F (5.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)

Scoring offense: 60.1 ppg (12th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 52.7 ppg (8th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2010 (4A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Timpanogos 61-57 in 5A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Farmington in semifinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Timpview has been underachievers at state in recent years, but it did well to shed some of that label in the second round as it eked out a victory over East. Timpview has a top eight defense in 5A this year, and that should help it especially in the quarterfinals as it plays a Murray team that prefers to grind out low-scoring games. If things get tight, it will be interesting to see how the junior-dominated T-Birds respond.


No. 6 Orem Tigers (18-7)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head Coach: Perry Wildeboer (first year)

Region: Tied for second in Region 7 with 7-5 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Woods Cross, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Orem 89, Skyline 54
  • Second round: Orem 71, Brighton 51

Best victory: 55-49 win at Orem on Feb. 14

Top contributors:

  • #22 Taft Mitchell, Sr. (23.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.4 spg)
  • #3 Ryan Clayton, Sr. (10.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 spg)
  • #24 Collin Hegsted, Sr. (9.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 apg)
  • #11 Aisake Toiaivao, Jr. (6.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg)
  • #0 Joe Grant, Jr. (4.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

Scoring offense: 66.8 ppg (2nd in 5A)

Scoring defense: 56.8 ppg (11th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2012 (4A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Bear River 80-56 in 4A quarterfinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Woods Cross in quarterfinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Limped into the playoffs by losing two of its last three games, but rediscovered its footing in the first two rounds of the playoffs with convincing wins. Orem ranks second in 5A in scoring, which should make for a high-scoring quarterfinal against Woods Cross. Orem will likely go as Taft Mitchell goes. He’s the second-leading scorer in 5A averaging 23.6 ppg, and if he’s in a groove it’s tough to slow him down.


No. 8 Farmington Phoenix (18-7)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head Coach: Kasey Walkenhurst (second year)

Region: Tied for second in Region 5 with 7-3 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Provo, Tuesday, 11:10 a.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Farmington 44, Viewmont 29
  • Second round: Farmington 77, Alta 75

Best victory: 73-60 win vs. Bountiful on Jan. 28

Top contributors:

  • #5 Collin Chandler, So., G (18.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.6 apg)
  • #22 Max Walton, Sr., F (10.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg)
  • #24 McKay Thomsen, Sr., G (10.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 apg)
  • #32 Truman Hendry, Jr., C (9.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg)
  • #13 Josh Wade, Sr., G (6.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.8 apg)

Scoring offense: 66.7 ppg (1st in 5A)

Scoring defense: 57.2 ppg (12th in 5A)

Last state championship: None

2019 postseason: Lost to Murray 63-49 in 5A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Springville in championship

Edward’s Evaluation: Farmington ranks first in 5A in scoring this year averaging 66.7 ppg, but you can throw that stat out the window in the quarterfinals. Its opponent Provo ranks second in scoring defense in 5A, and slowing the pace is the only way it can realistically compete. It’s a style that shouldn’t be foreign to Farmington, which had to grind out a low-scoring first round win against Viewmont which also tried to slow the pace after two faster-paced losses to Farmington in region play.


No. 10 Bountiful Braves (16-10)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head Coach: Mike Maxwell (31st year)

Region: Tied for second in Region 5 with 7-3 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Springville, Tuesday, 12:50 p.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Bountiful 67, Mountain Ridge 58
  • Second round: Bountiful 80, Park City 64

Best victory: 71-67 win vs. Lone Peak on Jan. 7

Top contributors:

  • #35 Robert Whaley, Jr., F. (19.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg)
  • #24 Camron Chism, Sr., G. (15.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.8 spg)
  • #20 Jaxon Bennett, Sr., G (6.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.5 spg)
  • #50 Ethan Phillips, Sr., F. (5.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
  • #2 Austin Cooper, Jr., G (4.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 apg)

Scoring offense: 61.1 ppg (9th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 61.1 ppg (25th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2015 (4A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Highland 71-60 in 5A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Springville in quarterfinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Bountiful is arguably the most hit-or-miss team remaining in the state tournament. It’s had great wins and bad losses, and at times been very average. Incredibly, it’s averaging as many points offensively as it gives up defensively — 61.1 ppg. Getting Robert Whaley going will be key, but Springville has the personnel in the paint to try and slow him down. Staying patient will be key for Whaley and his teammates in a difficult quarterfinal game.


No. 17 Provo Bulldogs (13-12)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head Coach: Don Johnson (fifth year)

Region: Seventh in Region 8 with 3-11 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Farmington, Tuesday, 11:10 a.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Provo 48, Payson 47
  • Second round: Provo 53, Maple Mountain 50

Best victory: 46-41 win vs. Lehi on Nov. 27

Top contributors:

  • #32 Isaac Castagnetto, Jr., G (14.8 ppg)
  • #12 Gabe Gutierrez, Sr., G (12.6 ppg)
  • #30 Lincoln Prager, Sr., G (7.2 ppg)
  • #42 Juan Carmargo, Jr., F/C (6.8 ppg)
  • #15 Ty McUne, Jr., G (1.4 ppg)

Scoring offense: 51.4 ppg (27th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 50.2 ppg (2nd in 5A)

Last state championship: 2008 (4A)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Farmington in quarterfinals

Edward’s Evaluation: A surprise quarterfinalist, Provo beat a pair of region foes in the first two rounds and did it by playing its preferred defensive style. Provo ranks near the bottom of 5A in scoring offense but it ranks second in scoring defense. In the quarterfinals it faces Farmington’s top-ranked offense. Slowing the tempo and trying to keep the game close is the best shot the Bulldogs have of beating Farmington.


No. 21 Murray Spartans (13-12)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head Coach: Jason Workman (15th year)

Region: Tied for third in Region 6 with 10-4 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Timpview, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. (at Utah)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

  • First round: Murray 55, Spanish Fork 48
  • Second round: Murray 47, Timpanogos 44

Best victory: 50-40 win at Brighton on Jan. 7

Top contributors:

  • #11 Jake Pollei, Sr., F (12.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.0 spg)
  • #24 Chudi Anosike, Fr., G (7.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
  • #23 Bowen Davies, So., C (7.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
  • #13 Jaxson Workman, Fr., G (6.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg)
  • #21 Kyle Ross, Jr., G (6.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.4 apg)

Scoring offense: 51.7 ppg (26th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 52.4 ppg (5th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1996 (4A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Jordan in 61-43 in 5A quarterfinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Timpview in quarterfinals

Edward’s Evaluation: Murray’s two games against region foe Olympus perfectly sums up how unpredictable it has been this season. It won the first meeting 76-74 and lost the second meeting 59-30. The 76 points scored in the Olympus win is the most for Murray all season as it only averages 51.7 ppg. That below-average offense is balanced by a strong defense that ranks fifth in the 5A at 52.4, and is coming off a 47-44 win over Timpanogos in the second round. With another strong defensive effort like that, beating Timpview is definitely possible.