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

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Skyridge gets a statement win over American Fork

In a matchup between the top two ranked teams in 6A, Skyridge used a strong second half performance to beat American Fork 79-69.

Skyridge got the win despite a stellar performance from American Fork’s Jaxon Kohler, who finished with a game-high 31 points.

Colby Carter was the top scorer for Skyridge, scoring 23 points while also nabbing 17 rebounds. Duncan Reid scored 19 points to become the all-time leading scorer for the Skyridge program and Parker Christensen added 18.

Bonneville beats Woods Cross to leapfrog it in Region 5 standings

After jumping out to an early 26-8 lead in the second quarter, Bonneville was able to stave off a furious comeback attempt by Woods Cross and win 60-59.

Woods Cross’ comeback surge was led by Keegan Phung, who scored a game high 20 points. Matt Tesch and Luke Dixon led the way for Bonneville, scoring 15 and 13 respectively.

Bonneville head coach Kyle Bullinger was pleased with the win, but admits that his team still has room to improve.

“I’m proud of our players for hanging in there and edging out a difficult win, but it’s time for us to start executing end of game situations better,” Bullinger said. “In this region, every game is a fist fight, so our players and fans should expect dramatic endings every night.”

Sky View uses strong defense to outlast Ridgeline in overtime

Late in the overtime period, Sky View’s Taydem Neal and the Sky View defense forced a five second defensive call with just 40 seconds remaining to reclaim the ball in a tied game. On the other end, Evan Hall grabbed an offensive rebound and finished with 12 seconds left to give Sky View the 59-57 win.

Hall finished with a game-high 18 points for the Bobcats. Ridgeline boasted a balanced scoring attack, as four players finished in double figures. 

Sky View improves to 10-3 overall and now sits alone at the top of the Region 11 standings at 3-0.

Kearns beats the buzzer to take Cyprus down

After Cyprus’ Quentin Meza hit a pair of clutch free throws to tie the game with nine seconds remaining, Kearns guard Pual Wanthi sank his only field goal of the game as time expired to give Kearns the 68-66 win. 

Meza finished with a game-high 32 points for Cyprus and Gott Daw led the way for Kearns with 19 points. 

Kearns remained undefeated in region play and improved to 12-5 on the season.

ALA tops Union on the road

American Leadership Academy claimed its second win at Union in school history with a 45-40 overtime win Friday night. 

ALA’s Caden Reichner was the leading scorer on the night with 16 points. Colton Davis did the dirty work for ALA, finishing with 12 boards and six blocks. 

“We are excited about the win and we hope our players enjoy the success insomuch they come together and do what they are asked to do to reach their goals,” said ALA head coach David Reichner. “These kids can compete with the best in the state, they must trust each other and jell to do so.”

Logan and Green Canyon go to triple overtime

In what was the definition of a back-and-forth ball game, Logan players made the plays down the stretch to clinch a hard-earned 58-55 win over Green Canyon in triple overtime. 

Logan’s Jadin Penigar and Green Canyon’s Brady Smith led all scorers in the game with 15 points each. 

Logan head coach Logan Brown said that the win will go down as a memorable one for the program and for his boys.

“It wasn’t a very clean game at times but it was every bit of a hard fought battle,” Brown said. “I’m proud of our guys for showing grit and mental toughness...we never folded when it got tough.”

Timpview solidifies its place atop Region 7 with win over Lehi

Timpview used a strong second quarter to gain the separation it needed to pull out the 59-54 win over strong region foe Lehi.

After being injured, Timpview guard Coleman Ford came back into the game to hit four clutch foul shots that allowed the Thunderbirds to pull away from the Pioneers. Jake Whalin was the top scorer for Timpview, finishing with 19 points.

“Tonight was a big win for our team,” said Timpview head coach Kevin Santiago. “I’m proud of how our guys kept their composure down the stretch.”

Timpanogos pulls off comeback to defeat Mountain Ridge

Trailing by 11 heading into the fourth quarter, Timpanogos stormed back to take its first lead of the game with four minutes remaining. The lead went on to change another five times from that point on, but Timpanogos finished on top by a score of 61-59.

Timpanogos’ Jackson Holcombe led all scorers with 23 points and Mountain Ridge’s Jake Fitton hit six 3-point shots en route to 19 points.

“I’m really proud of how our guys battled through the adversity of foul trouble and trailing most of the game,” said Timpanogos head coach Izzy Ingle. “We did a great job of keeping our composure in tight situations to help us get the win.”