3A Boys State Semifinals: Inside today’s match-ups

Today’s 3A State boys semifinal basketball games — Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

All games at SUU’s Centrum Arena, Cedar City

3A State Tournament Boys Bracket

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SEMIFINAL 1 — 5:50 p.m.: Snow Canyon (16-7) vs. Cedar (15-8)
Broadcast: ESPN SportsRadio 106.1 FM (St. George); 590-AM KSUB (Cedar City)

WARRIORS
snow-canyon-smCoach: James Brown (13th year)
Record: 16-7 overall, 9-3 in Region 9 (1st place)
Playoffs: Beat Ben Lomond 54-37; beat Richfield 54-36
Streak
: 2 wins
Last Five: 4-1
PPG: 59.4
PAPG: 57.3
Probable starters: Hayden Anderson (8.0 ppg), Nate Gottfredson (14.6), Tanner Sampson (9.2), Chase Jenkins (4.3), Jacob Frei (8.7)
Other key contributors: Brock Staheli (4.2), Warner Rigby (4.2), Kade Potter (1.8)

REDMEN
cedar-smCoach: Craig Cardon (9th season)
Record: 15-8 overall, 8-4 in Region 9 (T-2nd)
Playoffs: Beat Grantsville 50-45; beat Juan Diego 40-35
Streak:
 3 wins
Last five: 4-1
PPG: 53.0
PAPG: 47.5
Probable starters: Kordan Nielson (18.5 ppg), Dustin Staggs (14.4), Kyle Wood (5.1), Weston Bettridge (2.8), Greyson Hulet (2.8)
Other key contributors: Kole Dotson (1.8), James Thompson (1.3), Ben Brown (.8), Jaren Forsyth (2.1)

Game Outlook: How can we expect anything but a barnburner in this one after these two teams’ first couple of meetings. At Snow Canyon back in mid-January, the Warriors won 55-52 despite 25 from Nielson. Just over two weeks ago, Snow Canyon clinched the region with a 46-44 win at Cedar after the Redmen missed a game-winning trey at the buzzer.

 

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SEMIFINAL 2 — 7:30 p.m. Payson (18-6) vs. Morgan (19-6)

LIONS
payson-smCoach: Dan Lunt (21st year)
Record: 18-6 overall, 8-0 in Region 12 (1st place)
Playoffs: Beat Uintah 49-40; beat Pine View 55-48
Streak:
 11 wins
Last five: 5-0
PPG: 59.5
PAPG: 49.5
Probable starters: Daniel Reno (19.2 ppg), Brycen Wood (8.8), Mark Woolf (7.2), Dallin Rowley (7.1), Matt Hales (4.4)
Other key contributors: Dallon Neves (3.5), Jordan Humphreys (3.4), Dallin Jasperson (2.9)

TROJANS
morgan-smCoach: Jim Wiscombe (27th season)
Record: 19-6 overall, 8-0 in Region 10 (1st place)
Playoffs: Beat North Sanpete 70-52; beat Bear River 67-54
Streak: 14 wins
Last five: 5-0
PPG: 70.1
PAPG: 61.4
Probable starters: Garren Miles (15.7 ppg), Ben Saunders (12.1), Hunter Stanford (10.5), Bridger Streadbeck (9.4), Matt Murdock (7.6)
Other key contributors: Jordan Nelson (6.8), Hayden Garfield (4.8), Hayden Murdock (3.4), Bobby Cluff (3.2)

Game Outlook: These are the two hottest teams in 3A, based on those two monster winning streaks. Obviously something’s got to give. Morgan won pretty easily in the quarterfinals with Murdock helping the Trojans pull away in the third quarter. As for the Lions, they trailed most of the game against Pine View, but put together an impressive fourth quarter and made just enough free throws to gain entrance into the semifinals.

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3A State Tournament Boys Bracket

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