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

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East holds off Highland for close victory

The Leopards were able to leverage a narrow first-quarter lead into a hard-fought 59-54 victory over the Rams. Rex Bell and Steven Fakaosi each racked up 12 points while Kevin Doe added another 10 to help lift East to the region win.

Highland’s Ammon Kaufusi finished with 12 points of his own in the loss.

The Leopards pick up their first region victory of the season, and will take on top-ranked Olympus on Friday.

Aviators overcome halftime deficit to secure narrow win

Cedar Valley was outscored 29-15 in the first half, but roared back with a tough defensive third quarter, holding Tooele to just two points and bringing the game within reach. The Aviators managed to come away with a narrow 40-39 victory at home.

Dallin Rupper led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points, and teammates Ryan Gagnier and Cole Roberts contributed nine points apiece in the big win.

Julian Mahoe scored a game-high 16 points and Justin Rogers followed with 14 points for the Buffaloes in the loss.

North Sanpete edges out South Sevier in region matchup

The Hawks had an eight-point lead going into halftime, but lost some momentum in the third quarter. North Sanpete was able to regroup, however, and rallied to edge out the Rams in a 49-48 final. Landon Milne led a balanced scoring effort with 12 points in the win, while teammates Trevin Morley and Dallon Steadman combined for 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks.

Emilio Miramontes scored a game-high 18 points for South Sevier in the loss, and also grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double. 

Condie scores big for Carbon in Region 12 victory over San Juan

The Dinos rallied for a 22-13 second quarter to take a 10-point lead into the half and eventually picked up the 78-71 victory over San Juan. Preston Condie was golden for Carbon, scoring a game-high 23 points, 11 of which came in clutch in the fourth quarter. Teammate Merrick Morgan added another 16 points for Carbon in the win.

“Great region competition, every night each game could go either way,” coach Jared Butler said. “We have to do better under pressure and hitting foul shots.”

Despite shooting 60% from the foul line, Carbon still hit 21 free throws to help lift them over San Juan.

Carbon improves to 3-0 in region play, and will take on Grand this Friday.

Duchesne bests North Summit in double-overtime shootout

After a double-overtime slugfest, the Eagles finally came away with a narrow 85-83 victory over North Summit. Four different players reached double digits for Duchesne in a team win led by Parker Crum with 24 points (half of which came from behind the arc), followed by Cameron Brady and Tate Gatherum — who racked up 17 points apiece — and Brock Adams, who added another 13 points in the win.

The Braves relied on Treyson Pace and Quinton Jones, who combined for 57 total points, but it wasn’t enough to best the Eagles on their home turf.

Duchesne improves to 3-1 in region play and will take on Monticello this Friday.

Layton Christian rallies for overtime win

After a back-and-forth battle, the Eagles were finally able to pull away with the 43-39 overtime victory against Rowland Hall. Souleymane Barro and Akeel Felix scored 10 points apiece to lead Layton Christian in a balanced scoring attack. Galib Ibrahima led all scorers with 12 points in the loss for the Winged Lions.

The Eagles improve to 4-0 in region play, handing Rowland Hall its first region loss of the season, and will take on Rockwell this Friday.