Alta moves in second place in Region 7
Clutch 3-pointers late in the game by Jaden Brownell and Dylan Smith lifted Alta to the 74-71 win over Lehi on Tuesday night as the Hawks moved into sole possession of second place in the tightly-packed Region 7 standings.
Alta trailed most of the game, but rallied to force overtime as Brownell nailed a 3-pointer with three second left in regulation. He finished with a game-high 32 points.
Smith added a pair of 3-pointers of his own in overtime as Alta pulled away. Jett Lundberg added 22 points.
Noa Gonsalves had a big game to lead Lehi in the loss with 31 points.
Shorthanded Brighton survives scare from East
Playing without leading scorer, rebounder and defensive leader Lander Barton on Tuesday night, Brighton still found a way to grind out a 54-50 win over East to improve to 7-1 in Region 6.
Josh Petersen stepped up and led Brighton in scoring with 18 points, including two late free throws to help ice the win.
“Without Lander Barton, the Bengals had to figure out how to win without him. Brighton had a tough time finding their rhythm without Barton all night, but did just enough to secure the victory,” said Brighton coach Garrett Wilson.
Ben Hobby added 13 points for Brighton, which outscored East 12-8 in the final quarter.
Kevin Doe scored 21 points to lead East, which narrowly missed out on its second region win.
Provo gets some revenge on Salem Hills
Nearly a month after losing to Salem Hills, Provo flipped the script in the rematch and earned an impressive 48-45 road victory on Tuesday night. It was Provo’s second straight victory by three points.
Provo got the job done with balanced scoring, with Isaac Castagnetto scoring 14, Juan Pablo Carmargo 13 and McKay Roberts 12.
“The guys played some tough defense tonight. Salem Hills took it to us last time we played them and I challenged the boys to play hard and smart all night knowing we were playing a good team,” said Provo coach Don Johnson. “We didn’t shoot particularly that well tonight but we made some clutch shots when we needed too to preserve the win.”
In the previous meeting back on Jan. 8 Salem Hills dominated the second half en route to the 62-41 win.
Hillcrest rallies past Skyline with big fourth quarter
Trailing by seven points heading into the fourth quarter, Hillcrest dominated Skyline over those final eight minutes on its way to the 59-48 victory.
Maddux Albers scored 15 points and knocked down three triples as Hillcrest outscored Skyline 24-6 in the fourth.
Max Willits and Porter Nielson each scored 10 points for the Huskies, who sit in third place in Region 6 with the win at 4-4.
“Our team has come up big recently with timely defense and strong second half play. Every Hillcrest player made a positive impact on the outcome of the game. Our players respond to the challenge of needing to play their best basketball when the game was on the line,” said Hillcrest coach Brandon Sluga.
Timpview extends winning streak to 10 straight
Timpview extended its winning streak to 10 straight games on Tuesday with a dominant defensive performance over Timpanogos.
The difference came in the third quarter, where Timpview used a 19-0 spurt en route to the 68-46 victory.
“We locked in on Defense tonight and held a really good team below their average,” said Timpview coach Kevin Santiago. “Proud of our guys working harder and harder every game.”
Timpview led by 10 at the break and 25 going into the fourth quarter.
Four different players scored in double figures for Timpview, led by Jaxon Santiago’s 14 points.
West Jordan edges Hunter in final seconds
West Jordan improved to 3-3 in Region 2 on Tuesday as Esafe Taufahema made a driving lay-up with three seconds remaining as his team edged Hunter 49-48.
Hunter won the previous meeting by six points, as both teams now sit in a third-place tie in Region 2 with 3-3 records.
Syracuse holds Clearfield to three points in fourth quarter
Syracuse overcame a slow start against Clearfield on Tuesday to rally for the 49-35 victory, improving to 4-5 in Region 1.
The Titans only scored six points in the opening quarter, but kept it close with great defense. That defense took over in the fourth quarter only allowing three points to Clearfield.
Brock Williams and Connor Saunders each scored 11 points to pace Syracuse.