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

Pleasant Grove takes down Westlake in tight battle

The Vikings took on top-ranked Westlake and came away with the 41-36 victory on senior night. Isaac Vaha led Pleasant Grove with a game-high 18 points in the win.

“We knew Westlake was an aggressive and physical team,” coach Randy McAllister said. “I’m proud that our boys played with a toughness and mentality to handle it and come out with a great win against a great team!”

The Vikings end the season with a 4-6 region record. The Thunder remain at the top of the group as they finished the regular season 8-2 in region and 18-3 overall.

Provo bounces back to take down top-ranked Payson

Trailing coming out of the half, the Bulldogs outscored Payson 12-5 in the third quarter to tie the game up at 30. From there, it was a shootout of a fourth quarter, but it was Provo that emerged with the narrow 55-51 victory at home.

Provo’s Isaac Castagnetto used a 36-point effort to lift his team to the big win. In the loss, Samuel Mitchell put up 30 points for the Lions.

Provo coach Don Johnson said, “Tough game tonight. Came down to the end. Felt like a state tournament atmosphere. Isaac Castagnetto played a heck of game. Very proud of my guys for finishing strong after a slow start.”

While the Bulldogs were able to hand the Lions one final loss, Payson still sits at the top of Region 8 with an 11-3 region record and a 14-8 record overall. Provo is right behind them with 9-4 in region and 12-8 overall.

Farmington comes out on top in Region 5 battle

The Phoenix secured a crucial first-quarter lead and were then able to withstand a rallying Bonneville offense to come away with the 59-53 victory at home. Collin Chandler had a game-high 22 points to help lift his team to victory and Truman Hendry added another 10 points in the win.

Coach Kasey Walkenhurst commented, “In another hard fought Region 5 contest, we came out on top with a tough win. Bonneville is a great defensive team and will be a tough out in the state tournament.”

Farmington sits comfortably at the top of the standings and will take home the Region 5 championship.

Timpview remains perfect in region play after win over Mountain Ridge

The Thunderbirds had already clinched the Region 7 championship by a mile, but after a 64-48 victory over the Sentinels, they also came away with a perfect 12-0 region record.

Coleman Ford scored a game-high 16 points for Timpview in a balanced team win while Jacob Gates, Jaxon Santiago, and Jake Wahlin combined for another 37 points to close out the regular season.

Mountain View narrowly survives Orem in Region 7 match-up

Despite getting down early in the game, the Bruins battled back to pick up the narrow 65-64 victory over Orem on senior night. Calvin Gustafson and David Hair scored 15 points apiece, and Preston Thompson and Eli Stafford each reached double-digits as well to help lift Mountain View to the one-point win.

In the loss, Orem was led by big scorers Dane Christensen, Aisake Toiavao, and Nick Clark, who had 22, 17 and 16 points, respectively. The three of them also combined for 10 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Bruins.

Mountain View ends the regular season with a 6-6 region record, and 14-8 overall.

Uintah beats Tooele in double-overtime showdown

The Utes got off to a quick start and went into halftime with a 29-11 lead. However, the Buffaloes came roaring back, eliminating Uintah’s lead and sending the game into overtime. After two overtime sessions, the Utes finally came out on top, taking the long way in securing the 64-61 win against Tooele.

Josh Speirs was golden for the Utes, racking up a game-high 28 points. Meanwhile, Kamon Anderson and Daniel Wright combined for another 27 points to help lift their team to victory.

In the loss, McCade Laughlin and Justin Rogers scored 17 points apiece to lead Tooele.

The Utes end the regular season in third place with a 7-5 region record, 12-7 overall.