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High school boys basketball: Notes and highlights from Wednesday’s games — American Fork takes down Skyridge in Region 4 battle

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American Fork takes down Skyridge in Region 4 battle 

The Cavemen gained an early first-quarter lead, which turned out to be the difference maker in the game as both teams fought neck-and-neck for the rest of the contest. American Fork ended their senior night with a big 77-72 victory over Skyridge.  

Jaxon Kohler had a huge night for the Cavemen, scoring a game-high 27 points in the win. Tobey Schmitt, Yaw Reneer, and Evan Young each reached double-digits as well to finish the game. 

The Falcons were led by Nick Holland and Duncan Reid, who combined for 38 points in the loss.

American Fork finishes their season in second place for Region 4. 


Hawks barely hang on to Region 7 victory over Mountain View

The Hawks picked up a big lead early in the game and went into a halftime with a seemingly comfortable 31-15 advantage. However, the Bruins came roaring back, and outscored Alta in both remaining quarters, including a big 32-23 deficit in the fourth. However, the Hawks were able to barely hang on to their earlier lead, and escaped with a 65-63 victory.

Jaden Brownell helped lift the Hawks to the win, recording a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Collin Crow added another 17 points. Mountain View was led by Preston Thompson’s 20 points in the loss.

The Hawks secure a second place position in Region 7 play. 


Stallions use big fourth quarter to pick up the win over Cedar Valley 

Stansbury was slow out of the gate, falling behind early before rallying back to make it a game. In the fourth quarter, the Stallions found their groove and outscored the Aviators 20-5 to secure the 53-46 win at home. Jacob White was golden for Stansbury, leading his team with 18 points – half of which came from behind the arc – while teammate Landen Giles added another 10 points.

In the loss, Cedar Valley was led by duo Cole Roberts and Dallin Rupper, who each netted 13 points.


Summit Academy upsets top-ranked Grantsville with narrow 42-41 win 


Trailing going into halftime, the Bears rallied in the second half to take a narrow lead and snatch a 42-41 victory over the Cowboys. Zack Englebright and Owen Anderson scored 13 and 10 points, respectively, to lead a balanced scoring effort in the hard-fought win. In addition, seniors Jaxon Brown, Ridge Hymas, and Cody Knight – along with sophomore Jackson Ross – all chipped in with several key plays down the stretch. 

Coach Baird wrote, “Senior Caden Bird connected with fellow senior Owen Anderson on an inbounds play under the Bears’ basket with one second to play, and Anderson hit a twisting floater to get the win. Summit Academy played phenomenal defense, holding the Cowboys to 41 points, and to just seven in each of the final two quarters.”

With the win, Summit Academy hands Grantsville just its second loss, and shatters its dreams of finishing the season with a perfect region record.


Emery defeats South Sevier in buzzer beater 

The Spartans and Rams were evenly matched all game, battling down to the wire, until Riggs Griffin hit the game-winning layup at the buzzer to give Emery the 47-45 victory over South Sevier. Riggs finished the game with a game-high 14 points, and Treven Brazier added another 10 points in the win. 

 Emery secures a badly needed region win, and will face off against Grand on Friday to end its season.


Richfield beats Carbon in Region 12 battle

After getting off to a slow offensive start in the first quarter, Richfield rallied and was able to chip away at the Dinos to come away with the 61-54 win. Dallin Stewart led all scorers with 18 points and Max Robinson had another 16 points to lift the Wildcats to the win. 

 Carbon’s Preston Condie had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. 

The win puts Richfield even with Carbon in region play. The Wildcats will host South Sevier on Friday in the hopes of securing another region victory before the regular season comes to a close.


Beaver fights back to secure win and Region 18 championship

Beaver got off to a slow start, getting down early in the first quarter and finding itself with a lot of ground to make up. In the third quarter, down by 10, the Beavers fought back to tie the game and then rallied to the 43-35 win in a big comeback. Crayton Hollingshead and Ky Brown scored 10 points apiece to lead Beaver in the victory at home.

With the win, Beaver improves to a region record of 6-1, an overall record of 15-2, and secures the Region 18 championship. They will take on Enterprise this Friday to end the regular season.