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High school boys basketball: Notes and highlights from Wednesday’s slate of games — Desert Hills hold off Cedar City in 101-100 double overtime shootout

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Layton moves to 7-0 in region play with victory over Roy

After a tough back-and-forth battle, the Lancers were able to edge out the Royals and secure the 61-56 victory on the road. Layton moves to 7-0 in region play with the win.

Preston Squire had a game-high 22 points, nine of which came from behind the arc, and teammate Carter Mayfield added another 18 points to help lift Layton to the win. Roy’s Kobe Schriver and Mason Thueson scored 14 points apiece in the loss. 

The Royals will have a chance at revenge next Tuesday, when the two teams will meet up again. In the meantime, Layton will visit Clearfield on Friday with the hopes of improving their region record.

Woods Cross rolls to Region 5 victory over Bountiful

The Wildcats came out hot right out of the gate, scoring 22 points in the first quarter and finishing on a strong second half to pick up the 81-64 victory. 

Jaxon Smith had a huge game, scoring 24 points (15 of which came from behind the 3-point line) while Keegan Phung dropped 21 more and Mason Bendinger also reached double-digits with 15 points in the win. Bountiful’s Robert Whaley racked up a game-high 25 points for the Braves in the loss.

The Wildcats move to 2-2 in Region 5 play and will host Viewmont on Friday for another region match-up.

Desert Hills hold off Cedar City in 101-100 double overtime shootout

Desert Hills dominated most of the game, and ended the third quarter with a seemingly comfortable 12-point lead. However, the Reds shocked the Thunder with a 24-12 rally in the fourth quarter, tying it up and sending the game into overtime. After regrouping, Desert Hills was able to battle back and, after two overtime periods, finally emerged with the hard-fought 101-100 victory at home. 

Desert Hills was led by Mason Landdeck, who finished the game with an astounding 50 points. Of the 18 points the Thunder accrued in the second overtime, 16 of those were from Landdeck as he hauled the Thunder to victory.

For Cedar City, Gaige Savage racked up 30 points while teammates Zab Santana and Dallin Grant combined for another 46 points in the tough loss.

“Cedar did a great job battling and we didn’t close the game out like we should have,” Desert Hills Coach Chris Allred said. “It was awesome to win the game but we have to be better defensively and with rebounding. We need to value the ball better down the stretch and make better decisions late in the game. It was a really hard-fought game by two good teams.”

Desert Hills improves to 6-1 in Region 9 play and 14-1 overall to stay top ranked in its region. They will host Canyon View this Friday. 

Fourth quarter rally pushes San Juan to victory over Grand

After three quarters of evenly matched play, the Broncos were clinging to just a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter. They were able to use a 25-11 rally to extend their lead and secure a 76-60 win against the Red Devils.

Jace Palmer racked up 20 points and teammates Jayden Black, Nathan Grover, and Ladd Ivins each reached double-digits as well to push San Juan to the victory.

Grand’s Moroni Seely Roberts recorded a game-high 26 points in the loss.

South Sevier bests Emery in a narrow Region 12 contest

The Rams picked up their first region victory of the season as they narrowly edged out the Spartans in a 60-56 final.

South Sevier was led by Emilio Miramontes, who finished the game with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Brayden Staples, Ridge Tebbs, and Carter Peterson combined for another 32 points to power the Rams to the win.

“It was good to get in the win column,” South Sevier Coach Carson Christensen said. “First game in a while where all 5 guys on the floor were competing and playing team basketball… Ridge Tebbs and Carter Peterson made huge free throws in the 4th quarter during crunch time. Great team win!”

The Rams will look to extend their region record when they host Carbon this Friday.

Beaver rallies for overtime win against Enterprise

The Beavers finished the third quarter down by six, but rallied late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Riding that new-found momentum, Beaver outscored Enterprise 9-2 in the extra session and secured the 61-54 victory at home.

Beaver was led by a trio of scorers — Conner Crum, Jake Eichorn, and Ky Brown — who racked up 17, 16, and 15 points, respectively, in the win.

Beaver improves to 3-1 in region play and 12-2 overall, and will host Millard on Friday.