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High school boys basketball: Notes and highlights from Friday’s slate of games

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Cottonwood needs overtime to beat Skyline

A neck-and-neck contest throughout, Cottonwood’s Andre Cooper hit a late 3-pointer to force overtime and Noah Widerburg hit a putback shot with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime to allow the Colts to come out on top.

Widerburg finished as the top scorer with 25 points and four 3-pointers, while Cooper Lindsey finished with 16 points and four 3-pointers of his own. Skyline’s Kolton Smith scored 15 points.

Farmington’s Collin Chandler goes off against Bountiful

Collin Chandler scored a game high 36 points while hitting four 3-point shots, helping Farmington claim an 82-65 win against a formidable Bountiful squad.

“He started the game hot from the 3-point line and kept the momentum into the second half by getting to the basket at will and finishing at the rim,” said Farmington head coach Kasey Walkenhurst. “He made a lot of momentum killing drives to the basket while also hitting open shooters who knocked (down their shots).”

Weber beats Syracuse in overtime to climb the Region 1 hierarchy

Trailing after the first half, Syracuse stormed back to make the game close. Up three with two seconds remaining, Weber fouled Syracuse’s Connor Saunders on a 3-point attempt and Saunders sunk all three free throws to send the game into overtime.

Despite the mistake, Weber was able to maintain its composure throughout overtime, going 8 for 9 from the free throw line. Hunter Ropelato was the top performer for Weber, finishing with 25 points and hitting 9 of his 11 shots. 

“We’ve been playing some good basketball, but we just haven’t been able to put 4 quarters together every night. I thought we executed well when we needed to,” said Weber head coach Landon Cosby. “Region games are always a battle and we were fortunate to come out with the win.”

Corner Canyon gets a key win in a loaded Region 4

In a tough performance, Corner Canyon picked up a crucial 75-61 win over Skyridge, remaining undefeated in what’s looking like the best region in the state. Coming into the game, both Skyridge and Corner Canyon had double digit wins and only two losses.

Corner Canyon’s Trace Ross and Carter Welling led the way for the Chargers. Ross finished with 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Welling recorded a double-double, scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 boards. 

Viewmont grinds out first region win against Bonneville

In a premiere defensive battle, the Vikings came out victorious, defeating Bonneville 38-36. Viewmont’s Brash Emery hit the game winning shot with 1.9 seconds remaining.

Vikings coach Jeff Emery anticipated an intense defensive battle. “I told our players going into the game, the first team to 40 would win,” Emery said following the win. 

Viewmont and Bonneville now move to 1-1 in region play. 

Westlake wins at Lone Peak despite big night from Copeland

Traveling on the road to visit the Knights, Westlake came out on top 79-78 after a back forth game. Noah Madsen starred for Westlake, scoring 8 points in the fourth quarter.

Lone Peak’s Ethan Copeland was the star of the game, hitting shots all over the gym and finishing with 35 points and seven 3-pointers.

Westlake improves to 1-0 in an intimidating Region 4.

Parowan uses strong fourth quarter performance to beat Enterprise

Trailing by six points in the early stages of the fourth quarter, Parowan outscored Enterprise 19-7 the rest of the game to beat Enterprise and defend its home court. 

Krue Stubbs and Easton Jense were the high scorers for Parowan, each finishing with 14 points while also grabbing 8 rebounds. Enterprise’s Tyler Hiatt scored a game-high 17 points despite fouling out in the final minutes of the game. 

“I’m proud of my team tonight,” exclaimed Parowan head coach Lance Stubbs. “Enterprise is always a well coached, tough team. It’s great to start out region (play) with a good win.”

Dixie hands Crimson Cliffs its second loss of the season

In a matchup of two Region 9 giants, Dixie prevailed with a 68-58 win over Crimson Cliffs. Leading by only one going into the fourth quarter, the Flyers dealt the deadly blow by outsourcing Crimson Cliffs by nine points in the final period. 

“Our guys came to play tonight,” Dixie head coach Tyler Roberts said. “We needed all our guys playing together to beat a tough team like (Crimson Cliffs).”

Dixie now sits atop Region 9 at 4-0 along with the Thunder of Desert Hills.