ST. GEORGE – The Hurricane Tigers are fighting to have a chance at the second seed in the state tournament and even holding out hope for a shot a being tied for 1st in the region. The Warriors on the other hand are fighting to stay alive in the playoff race. “Win or go home,” was the saying around basketball practice all week at Snow Canyon High School.
The Tigers’ 61-49 win last night put the Warriors playoff hopes to rest. The Tigers led from the beginning and weren’t ever threatened by the Warriors in the second half.
The Tigers were only up two points midway through the second quarter when Warrior big man Ben Gottfredson went to the bench. “We knew when Ben sat down we could go inside to Boston (Gubler) and he would be able to score at will,” said Tigers’ coach Brian Viafanua. And score they did, the Tigers went on an 8-0 run pushing the lead to double digits at 10 points. “I was shocked at how long he sat for when we went on that run, he was not in foul trouble,” Viafanua said.
The Warriors couldn’t recover from that run. The Warriors trailed by 10 at the half after only scoring five points in the second quarter.
The Tigers continued to pound the ball inside and pushing the third quarter lead to as many as 16 points.
The Warriors would not give up pulling the game back to within six points with just under three minutes to play.
The Tigers had four players in double figures, with Gubler and Weston Yardley scoring 13 points and 12 points respectively. Colton Marshall added 11 points and Taylor Parker helped with 10 points. The Tigers also got great help from Benson Rich and Landon Fisher.
The Warriors were led by Brayden Linde and Chandler Gines who each scored a team–high 11 points. Gabe Jensen added 10 points and Ben Smith chipped in with seven points.
The Tigers host winless Canyon View on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Tigers have to win to have any chance at getting a first round home game.
The Warriors play at Cedar Wednesday, 7 p.m. The Warriors are now out of the playoff race but have a chance to ruin Cedar’s playoff seed by pulling the upset.
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