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High school boys basketball: 6A/5A/4A roundup from Friday’s second round games

Orem battles Brighton in a second round boys 5A state basketball tournament game at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
Orem battles Brighton in a second round boys 5A state basketball tournament game at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

6A Playoffs

American Fork 67, Fremont 45

Underdog Fremont had no answer for the inside-outside game of American Fork big man Jaxon Kohler as the junior dominated all game finishing with 29 points as the Cavemen rolled to the 6A second round win. Yaw Reneer added nine points for American Fork, with Fremont’s David Calvert leading his team with 15 points.

Bingham 65, Roy 43

After Roy’s one-point upset in the first round, their season ended as the Miners beat them by 22 points in the second round. Bingham only led by three points at the break, but an 18-6 run in the third quarter clinched their ticket to the quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

Pleasant Grove 78, Weber 48

Pleasant Grove took down the Warriors thanks to a blitzing offensive performance from Dylan Jones (24 points and seven 3-pointers) and McCaden Adams (20 points). The Vikings will host the Darts in the quarterfinals, they met back on December 4th at Davis with Pleasant Grove winning 61-48.

Davis 41, Layton 39

The Darts led for just 43 seconds the entire night, but they were up two when the final buzzer sounded which gave them a berth in the state quarterfinals. Davis used a team effort to pick up the win, nobody had more than ten points but Rex Sunderland scored the biggest two of the night, the game-winning basket with just three seconds left.

Westlake 70, West Jordan 57

Top-seeded Westlake started their playoff path to a state championship with a win over the Jaguars. Noah McCord, Ashton Anderson, and Kaleb Furey each finished in double-figures for the Thunder. Their next game will be on Tuesday night when they host their Region 4 rival, the Lone Peak Knights.

Lone Peak 56, Copper Hills 53

Lone Peak edged out the Grizzlies in the No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchup after a rough first quarter. The Knights trailed by eight but were able to slowly rally back and escape with the victory. Lone Peak lost to Westlake by just one point at home and two points on the road, they will now travel there for the quarterfinal matchup.

Corner Canyon 72, Herriman 58

Leading by three at the half, No. 3 seed Corner Canyon pulled away from No. 19 seed Herriman with a very efficient second half offensively as it outscored the Mustangs 42-31. Trace Ross led the Chargers with 24 points, with big man Carter Welling chipping in with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Herriman’s Bodi Nageli led all scorers in the loss with 27 points.

Skyridge 83, Syracuse 58

Skyridge jumped out to a 23-11 lead in the first quarter, but the Titans were able cut it just eight heading into the final period. That is when the Falcons finished the game with a 31 point fourth quarter to make sure they making the quarterfinals. Only six players scored for Skyridge, but Dallin Yates, Colby Carter, Duncan Reid, and Parker Christensen all scored at least 15 points.


5A Playoffs

Farmington 66, Highland 54

Farmington outscored Highland and was able slowly build their lead into a 12-point victory. Collin Chandler played a big role in the win, he finished with 19 points and a pair of shots from behind the arc. With the win, the Phoenix will host another game, this time a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday night.

Mountain View 66, Maple Mountain 48

Mountain View recorded their second straight double-digit playoff win at home with their defeat over the Golden Eagles. With the win, the Bruins earned the right to head to Farmington in what will be one of the most anticipated quarterfinal matchups. Calvin Gustafson led the Bruins with 19 points, with Preston Thompson adding 17.

Olympus 78, Mountain Ridge 50

Olympus dominated the middle quarters by a score of 41-15 as they clinched their spots in the quarterfinals. Four Titans scored in double-figures but it was Jordan Barnes who led the team in scoring, he finished with 17 points and a trio of shots from behind the arc. Meanwhile Luke Smith dominated inside and finished with 15 points, all of which came from inside the arc.

Lehi 69, Viewmont 44

Lehi was able to defeat the Vikings with a big second half that totaled at a 36-17 run for the Pioneers. Noa Gonsalves finished with 18 points and four triples while Peter Amakasu had 17 points to go along with nine boards. Lehi will host a quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday night.

Bonneville 54, Timpanogos 43

The Lakers were able to pull off the upset behind a 14-5 second quarter run and solid defense down the stretch. Bonneville also used a big free-throw discrepancy to pick up the win, they were able to get to the line 35 times compared to just 11 for the Timberwolves. Bonneville will travel to Lehi for their quarterfinal game.

Brighton 63, Orem 59 (OT)

After pulling off the upset in the first round, Orem held a 47-42 advantage after three quarters in this one. But the Bengals offense scored 21 points in the final period and picked up the win to book their ticket to Olympus. Lander Barton scored 21 points and Josh Petersen pitched in 20 points for Brighton.

Timpview 74, Salem Hills 44

Top seed Timpview overwhelmed Salem Hills from the opening tip as it rolled to the easy 5A second round win. The T-Birds had five players score in double figures, with Jacob Gates leading the way with 24 points on three 3-pointers and James Rust adding 15. Josh Hansen and Jake Wahlin chipped in with a dozen each and Coleman Ford added 11 points.

Alta 63, Payson 61

Alta upset Payson and earned the right to challenge the No. 1 seed Thunderbirds in the quarterfinals. The Hawks used a burst from Jaxon Johnson who finished the game with seven made 3-pointers and a total of 23 points. Samuel Mitchell had 22 points and five trios to lead the Lions in the loss.


4A Playoffs

Desert Hills 71, Cedar Valley 50

Desert Hills used a 47-17 run over the middle two quarters to get by the Aviators. Justin Judkins led all scorers with 19 points and Reggie Newby knocked down five 3-pointers. The Thunder move on to the quarterfinals, they will play early Monday morning at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.

Sky View 71, Stansbury 54

No. 4 Sky View outscored No. 12 Stansbury 23-6 in the fourth quarter to runaway with the 4A second round victory. Jackson Schumann knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead the Bobcats. Evan Hall added 15 points for Sky View.

Juan Diego 72, Pine VIew 39

Juan Diego won each of the first three quarters by double-digits as they clinched the opportunity to host a quarterfinal playoff game. Ten different members of the Soaring Eagle scored, but it was Talon Valdes that impressed the most. He finished with 21 points in the victory.

Snow Canyon 67, Logan 65

In a great matchup between No. 9 seed Logan and No. 8 seed Snow Canyon, the host Warriors eked out the overtime victory to advance to the 4A quarterfinals. Lincoln Polatis, Walker Morrison and Isaac Lyon all knocked down three 3-pointers as the Warriors finished with 10 treys. Polatis made two of his 3-pointers in overtime. Logan’s Jadin Peniger made five 3-pointers and finished with 25 points to lead all scorers.

Cedar City 65, Green Canyon 48

No. 6 Cedar City played great defense to knock off No. 11 Green Canyon to advance to the 4A quarterfinals to face region foe Crimson Cliffs.

Crimson Cliffs 74, Tooele 53

It was tough sledding for No. 14 seed Tooele at No. 3 seed Crimson Cliffs as the Mustangs jumped out to a 25-17 lead in a dominant first quarter and never looked back. Trei Rockhill led Crimson Cliffs with 20 points on four 3-pointers, with Hudson Hawes adding 14 points on four 3-pointers. The Mustangs had four players score in double figures. Tooele standout Justin Rogers led all scorers with 23 points.

Ridgeline 78, Uintah 53

The boys team finished off the sweep of Uintah for Ridgeline basketball today after the girls won their matchup earlier. This game featured total domination from Ridgeline, who outscored their opponent in every quarter, including jumping out to a 12-point lead after the first period. The RiverHawks will now take on Dixie in Richfield on Monday afternoon.

Dixie 80, Bear River 49

Dixie dominated their way to a 31 point victory behind the three-headed monster of Carson Forsey, Isaac Finlinson, and Ethan Bennett. Those three combined to score 56 points and hit half a dozen triples. Dixie’s path towards a state championship will continue on Monday at 12:50.