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High school boys basketball: Notes and highlights from Wednesday’s games — Bountiful jumps on Bonneville early for region win

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Bountiful jumps on Bonneville early for region win

The Braves jumped out to a 16-4 lead after the first quarter, which helped propel them towards the eventual 49-43 victory against Bonneville. Robert Whaley led all scorers with 17 points and teammates Devin Simon and Henry Smith combined for another 22 in the team win.

“The kids are learning that teams that play great defense and together on offense can win tough games,” Coach Maxwell of Bountiful said. “Nice team win holding a very good Bonneville team to 43 points.”

The Braves move to 3-3 in region play and will take on top-ranked Farmington this Friday.

Tooele defeats Ogden fueled by big third-quarter rally 

The Buffaloes and Tigers were pretty even matched going into halftime, but Tooele exploded for a 22-7 third quarter to take a commanding lead and cruise to the 55-48 win at home. Julian Mahoe led all scorers with 28 points in the victory, 12 of which came from that tide-turning third quarter. 

Tooele improves to 5-3 in region play, and will take on Ben Lomond this Friday before taking on top ranked Juan Diego the following week.

Grand barely comes away with hard-fought win over Carbon

The Red Devils came out of the gate running and picked up an early first quarter lead. However, they subsequently lost it when Carbon clawed back, and entered halftime trailing by two. The second half of the game was a neck-and-neck battle in which Grand was just barely able to scrape by with the 76-75 victory over the Dinos.  

Moroni Seely Roberts had a game-high 29 points to lead Grand, 10 of which were crucially scored in the fourth quarter. Chance Arbon and Ryelan Jones combined for another 27 points in the win. Grand improves to 17-2 on the season, and currently controls Region 12 with a region record of 6-1. 

“Hard fought game with Carbon tonight,” Coach York of Grand said. “Both sides battled and our boys worked hard and were fortunate to come out with a win on the road against a great Carbon team.”

Merrick Morgan had 22 points to lead Carbon in the loss, and Preston Condie had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds in an impressive performance.

Duchesne edges out North Summit in tough region matchup 

The Eagles chipped away at the Braves, only just outscoring them each quarter, before picking up a hard-earned 65-57 victory. Duchesne was led by a triple threat of scorers – Cameron Brady, Brock Adams, and Parker Crum – who recorded 19, 18, and 13 points, respectively, in the win. 

 In the loss, Alec Hunsaker and Wade Morrill scored 16 points apiece and combined for 17 rebounds in a strong effort for North Summit.

 The Eagles improve to 6-2 in region play to keep control of Region 16, and will attempt to extend that lead this Friday when they take on Gunnison Valley.

Piute rallies for win in tough defensive battle

 The Thunderbirds trailed by seven at the half, but were able to find their defensive rhythm and hold the Bobcats to just 13 second-half points. Piute finished the game with a narrow 40-38 win, thanks in part to Kelby Jessen and Gavin Morgan, who each netted 15 points.

“Biggest key was holding Panguitch without a field goal in the fourth quarter,” Piute Coach Eric Jessen said. “Kelby jessen and Jaden Westwood had big steals that was a momentum boost to overcome Panguitch’s tough half court defense.”

The Thunderbirds improve to 6-2 in region and 10-4 on the season, and will take on Water Canyon this Friday.

The Mustangs defeat Valley and improve to 8-0 in region play 

After a competitive start, the Mustangs rallied for a 19-3 deficit in the second quarter to take a commanding lead and boost them to the 69-55 win over Valley. Sergio Vasquez led Bryce Valley with 19 points, while teammates Quadyn Tebbs and Treyson Roberts combined for another 33 points in the victory.

In the loss, Gavin Hoyt recorded a game-high 27 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Valley.

Bryce Valley improves to a perfect 8-0 in region play, and 14-2 overall.