Bonneville vaults into share of Region 5 lead
Bonneville used a big fourth quarter to rally past Farmington 53-48 on Friday night to move into a first-place tie in Region 5 with the Phoenix.
“It took a few minutes for us to settle in, but I loved our team’s focus, attention to detail, and competitiveness on the defensive end. Farmington is a talented, well-coached squad, but we had a tremendous amount of confidence in what we can do on both ends of the floor,” said Bonneville coach Kyle Bullinger.
Behind 19 points from Carson Jones, Bonneville outscored Farmington 20-11 in the fourth as both teams now sit at 4-1 in Region 5 heading into the second half of the season.
“This is a good win, but late January games are learning experiences that help teams in late February. Next week will be another tough, physical week in Region 5, so our focus is on to the next game,” said Bullinger.
American Heritage’s Paora Winitana drops in 52
There’s a new leading scorer in the state after American Heritage’s Paora Winitana went off on Friday night.
The senior had a monster stat line of 52 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists as American Heritage overwhelmed Merit Academy 103-46 in Region 15 action.
Winitana is now averaging 25.8 ppg on the season. He leapt ahead of Layton’s Ethan Potter, who’s averaging 25.0 ppg.
Winitana is second in the state averaging 13.4 rebounds.
Herriman claims first region win
Herriman used a big fourth quarter to secure its first region win of the season on Friday night.
Tied with Riverton heading into the fourth quarter, Herriman used a 23-13 edge in the fourth quarter to pull away for the 75-65 win.
Herriman coach Lance Gummersall said the key down the stretch was, “Herriman’s defensive adjustments and getting stops helped push the tempo for Herriman to score in transition.”
American Fork snaps mini losing skid
After losing to Skyridge and Westlake in its previous two outings — games in which it was outscored a combined 48-29 in the fourth quarter — American Fork finally got to experience some fourth quarter magic of its own on Friday.
Trailing 56-51 heading into the fourth, American Fork’s offense came alive, scoring 24 points as it pulled away for the impressive 75-65 road victory.
Jaxon Kohler scored 20 points to lead American Fork, one of four players to score in double figures.
Trace Ross led the way for Corner Canyon with 29 points on four 3-pointers. He’s scored 20-plus points in eight of the past 10 games.
Fremont edges rival Roy
In a key Region 1 game as teams try and jockey for third place in Region 1 behind frontrunners Layton and Davis, Fremont picked up a key win on Friday night, edging Roy 55-49.
Braden Flinders was the catalyst for Fremont as he scored 20 points, with David Calvert adding 16. It was the second straight big performance from Flinders, who scored 22 points earlier this week in a strong game against league-leading Layton.
The win helped Fremont even its overall record up at 7-7, while it improved to 5-3 in Region 1.
West Jordan pulls away from Cyprus in fourth
Trailing most of the game, West Jordan doubled up Cyprus in the fourth quarter on its way to the 65-54 victory for its second Region 2 win of the season.
Justhin Hurtado led the way for the Jaguars with 14 points, with Boston Farmer and Brandon Christensen each chipping in with 13 points each.
“We were physically and mentally tough tonight. Played together and rebounded the ball and took care of the ball. It was a great team win,” said West Jordan coach Mason Sawyer.
Mountain View wins another tight Region 7 game
Timpview is running away with Region 7 this year, but night in and night out for the other six teams anything can happen on a given night.
Mountain View did its best to keep within striking distance of the leaders as it earned a 64-62 win on Friday night. It was the third time in the past four games a Mountain View game was decided by one bucket.
“It was a close, well-fought game that went back and forth. We got a five-point lead late in the game and Court Walker had some big free throws to ice the game,” said Mountain View coach Shawn Faux.
Unlike the previous tight games, Mountain View didn’t have to sweat out the final possession as it led by five when Mountain Ridge hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Preston Thompson led Mountain View with 17 points, one of three players who scored in double figures.
Juan Diego continues dominance in Region 10
Juan Diego got off to a bit of a slow start on Friday night, but it eventually found its groove to continue its dominance in Region 10.
Trailing 18-11 after the first quarter, the Soaring Eagle outscored Cedar Valley each of the next three quarters to pull away for the 72-59 victory to improve to 7-0 in Region 10.
Talon Valdes had another big game, scoring 24 points, with David Kinneberg adding 18.
Summit Academy rallies past South Summit
Trailing most of the game on Friday, visiting Summit Academy dug down defensively in the fourth quarter to rally past South Summit 50-47 to even its region record up at 3-3.
Senior Owen Anderson helped ice the victory with 1.3 seconds remaining as he sank a pair of free throws, finishing the game with 11 points.
Zack Englebright continued his torrid scoring pace, scoring 28 points. He scored 26 in a win earlier this week against Morgan and then 31 against Grantsville last week.