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High school boys basketball: 4A state tournament quarterfinals capsules (+ predictions)

Sky View and Bear River compete in the 2019 4A state championship in Cedar City. The Bobcats are the No. 1 seed and favorites to repeat.
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As we get to the meat of the 4A boys basketball tournament, the excitement is turning up. The remaining eight teams will battle it out for supremacy starting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at Weber State.

Six of the top eight seeds are still in the hunt for a championship, with two major upsets happening in the second round of the tournament. No. 10 Green Canyon beat No. 7 Stansbury 59-44, while No. 12 Desert Hills knocked off No. 5 Pine View.

Here are the remaining eight teams in the 4A tournament.


No. 1 Sky View (19-3)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Kirk Hillyard (ninth year)

Region: Finished 1st in Region 11 with a 9-1 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Hurricane, 11:10 a.m. (At Weber State)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

First round: Bye

Second round: Beat Logan, 76-38

Best victory: vs. Ridgeline, 79-68

Top contributors:

#12 Mason Falslev, Sr. (20.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.7 spg)

#34 Sam Phipps, Sr. (13.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.7 spg)

#32 Bracket Schumann, Jr. (6.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.3 spg)

#2 Taydem Neal, Jr. (6.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.6 spg)

#10 Caden Penrose, Jr. (5.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.7 spg)

Scoring offense: 67.2 ppg (1st in 4A)

Scoring defense: 54.7 ppg (8th in 4A)

Last state championship: 2019 (4A)

2019 postseason: Beat Bear River, 64-59, in the 4A championship

Deseret News staff writer Joe Coles’ bracket: Win over Dixie in championship

Joe’s justification: Sky View is the most potent offensive team in 5A, averaging 67.2 points per game. It all starts with senior leader Mason Falslev, who is averaging nearly 21 points per contest. Sam Phipps is another great scoring threat. Though the Bobcats don’t have the best defense in the classification, their offense is so overwhelming that they can outscore just about anyone. Sky View has been here before and should go on to two-peat this season.


No. 2 Dixie (20-3)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Tyler Roberts (second year)

Region: Finished 1st in Region 9 with a 13-1 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Green Canyon, 12:50 p.m. (At Weber State)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

First round: Bye

Second round: Beat Snow Canyon, 58-48

Best victory: vs. Cedar, 45-32

Top contributors:

#4 Isaac Finlinson, Jr., G (17 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.8 spg)

#22 Noah Lemke Sr., F/C (12 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.4 spg)

#23 Jordan Mathews, Sr., G/F (8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg)

#5 Ethan Bennett, Jr., G (7 ppg, 2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.7 spg)

#0 Andy Rich, Sr., G (5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg)

Scoring offense: 60.7 ppg (6th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 50.1 ppg (1st in 4A)

Last state championship: 2016 (3A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Sky View, 58-48, in the 4A quarterfinals

Deseret News staff writer Joe Coles’ bracket: Loss to Sky View in championship

Joe’s justification: Dixie should be able to get to the championship game if they can squeak out a win against tough opponent Ridgeline in the semifinals. Dixie has the best defense in all of 4A and that defense will come in handy when the Flyers face Sky View in the championship in a matchup of the classification’s No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense, where Dixie will try and prevent the Bobcats from knocking it out again.


No. 3 Ridgeline (17-6)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Kyle Day (first year)

Region: Finished 2nd in Region 11 with a 9-1 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Juan Diego, 2:30 p.m. (At Weber State)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

First round: Bye

Second round: Beat Cedar Valley, 72-43

Best victory: vs. Sky View, 66-56

Top contributors:

#4 Kaden Cox, So., G (14.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)

#2 Jackson Baker, Sr., F (8.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2 apg, 0.7 spg)

#5 Peyton Knowles, So., F (8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2 apg, 0.8 spg)

#15 Chase Hall, Jr., G (7.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 0.9 spg)

#11 Jacob Salvesen, Sr., F (7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1 spg)

Scoring offense: 60 ppg (8th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 51 ppg (2nd in 4A)

Last state championship: 2017 (4A)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News staff writer Joe Coles’ bracket: Loss to Dixie in semifinals

Joe’s justification: Ridgeline enters the quarterfinals with 4A’s second-best defense and sixth-best offense. They knocked off No. 1 Sky View during the regular season and potentially could meet up with the Bobcats in the championship if they can get past Dixie. Sophomore guard Kaden Cox will factor heavily into the Riverhawks’ offensive game plan, while Ridgeline’s defense can put the clamps on anyone.


No. 4 Cedar (17-6)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Mark Esplin (first year)

Region: Finished 2nd in Region 9 with a 10-4 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Desert Hills, 9:30 a.m. (At Weber State)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

First round: Bye

Second round: Beat Tooele, 54-47

Best victory: vs. Juan Diego, 59-53

Top contributors:

#24 Dallin Grant, Jr., F (12.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 0.5 spg)

#3 Gaige Savage, Jr., G (10.9 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg)

#25 Treyton Tebbs, Jr., G (9.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2 apg, 0.4 spg)

#44 Luke Armstrong, Jr., C (9.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.4 spg)

#35 Jorge Santana Reyes, So., G (8.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.8 spg)

Scoring offense: 62.2 ppg (3rd in 4A)

Scoring defense: 55.1 ppg (12th in 4A)

Last state championship: 1995 (3A)

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News staff writer Joe Coles’ bracket: Loss to Sky View in semifinals

Joe’s justification: Cedar is talented across the board, with a balanced offense and defense, led by Dallin Grant, who is averaging nearly 13 points per game, while its other top three scorers are averaging over nine points per game. The Reds should beat Desert Hills, but will face a tough challenge in eventual champion Sky View in the semifinals.


No. 6 Juan Diego (17-7)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Drew Trost (7th year)

Region: Finished 1st in Region 10 with an 11-1 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Ridgeline, 2:30 p.m. (At Weber State)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

First round: Bye

Second round: Beat Crimson Cliffs, 62-46

Best victory: vs. Crimson Cliffs, 62-46

Top contributors:

#12 Talon Valdes, Jr., G (19.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 3.1 spg)

#2 Gabe Soto, Sr., G (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3 apg, 0.9 spg)

#24 Matt Rohden, Sr., G/F (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1 apg, 0.6 spg)

#13 Tamatoa Rezzouq, Sr., G (6.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.8 spg)

#4 Matty Rodriguez, Jr., G (4.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1 apg, 0.6 spg)

Scoring offense: 61.6 ppg (4th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 51.5 ppg (3rd in 4A)

Last state championship: 2005 (2A)

2019 postseason Lost to Sky View, 50-41, in the 4A first round

Deseret News staff writer Joe Coles’ bracket: Loss to Ridgeline in quarterfinals

Joe’s justification: Juan Diego enters the quarterfinals with a bit of momentum, having won six straight games. They’ll need all of that momentum when they go up against a tough Ridgeline team in the quarterfinals. Juan Diego has a top-four offense and defense that can hang with anyone. Talon Valdes will have to have a stellar night for the Soaring Eagle to move on.


No. 8 Hurricane (13-10)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Todd Langston (seventh year)

Region: Finished 6th in Region 9 with a 5-9 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Sky View, 11:10 a.m. (At Weber State)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

First round: Bye

Second round: Beat Bear River, 81-67

Best victory: vs. Juan Diego, 61-60

Top contributors:

#1 Bryce Thomas, Sr. (16.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.9 spg)

#10 Daxton Dayley, Sr. (14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg)

#45 T.J. Minor, Sr. (8.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.4 spg)

#32 Brandon Langston, Sr. (6.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.6 spg)

#23 Derek Langston, Sr. (3.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.6 spg)

Scoring offense: 56.3 ppg (11th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 54.7 ppg (7th in 4A)

Last state championship: 2012 (3A)

2019 postseason: Lost to Payson, 70-53, in the 4A first round

Deseret News staff writer Joe Coles’ bracket: Loss to Sky View in quarterfinals

Joe’s justification: Hurricane’s senior-laden team is powered by Bryce Thomas and Daxton Dayley, who are averaging 16.4 and 14.6 points per game, respectively. The Tigers will need to figure out how to stop Sky View’s potent offense to have a chance at advancing.


No. 10 Green Canyon (13-10)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Dan McClure (third year)

Region: Finished 3rd in Region 11 with a 5-5 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Dixie, 12:50 p.m. (At Weber State)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

First round: Bye

Second round: Beat Stansbury, 59-44

Best victory: vs. Stansbury, 59-44

Top contributors:

#21 McKay Yorgason, Sr. (14. 1ppg, 4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 spg)

#3 Cade DeBoard, So. (12.3 ppg, 2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.6 spg)

#44 Cole DeBoard, Sr. (11.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 0.8 spg)

#20 Carter Maughan, Sr. (9.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg)

#35 Caleb Robison, Sr. (5.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.6 spg)

Scoring offense: 59.3 ppg (9th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 55.6 ppg (11th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

2019 postseason: Lost to Payson, 76-74, in the 4A quarterfinals

Deseret News staff writer Joe Coles’ bracket: Loss to Dixie in quarterfinals

Joe’s justification: Green Canyon dominated Stansbury in the second round as McKay Yorgason scored 22 points and had six 3-pointers. If the Wolves want to shock the 4A world again by beating Dixie, Yorgason will have to have a big night.


No. 12 Desert Hills (12-12)

2019-2020 Schedule

Head coach: Wade Turley (eighth year)

Region: Finished 4th in Region 9 with a 7-7 record

Quarterfinals: vs. Cedar, 9:30 a.m. (At Weber State)

How advanced to quarterfinals:

First round: Beat Mountain Crest, 82-59

Second round: Beat Pine View, 57-56

Best victory: vs. Ridgeline, 62-52

Top contributors:

#11 Mason Chase, Sr., G (16.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg)

#2 Peyton Holmes, Jr., G (13.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1 spg)

#14 Reggie Newby, Jr., G (8.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg)

#42 Keegan Munson, Jr., C (7.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.4 spg)

#34 Justin Judkins, Jr., G (6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2 spg)

Scoring offense: 60.7 ppg (5th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 59.1 ppg (15th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

2019 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News staff writer Joe Coles’ bracket: Loss to Cedar in the quarterfinals

Joe’s justification: Desert Hills has already overachieved this tournament, knocking off No. 5 Pine View in overtime in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals. Mason Chase and Peyton Holmes are big offensive threats and will need to both have great performances if the Thunder have any hope of beating Cedar and continuing their run.