CEDAR CITY – The ship was starting to sink and sink fast, so Cedar turned to their captain to save the day.
Junior center Dustin Staggs scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the Redmen stop a two-game losing streak with a 51-43 win over Dixie Wednesday night.
The game was tight throughout, but Cedar was able to pull away late with a couple of timely Staggs buckets and just enough free throws.
Dixie had three players in double-figures, led by Kyler Smith’s 15 points. Dakota Bair had 12 and Kyle Hanson added 10, but leading scorer Blake Barney was held to a single point on the night.
The win was a crucial one for Cedar as it had lost two straight to start the second half of region play. The Redmen were 6-0 in the first half of region, but fell into a second-place tie with Desert Hills after losses to the Thunder and Canyon View.
With the win, Cedar remains tied with Desert Hills, which also won at home tonight. Snow Canyon beat Pine View on the road, thus keeping them a half-game ahead of both DH and Cedar.
The Redmen, who also got 11 points from Brock Englestead and nine from Kordan Nielson, are 13-5 overall and 7-3 in Region 9. Cedar is off Friday night, but has a big one next Wednesday as the Warriors visit CHS.
Dixie, which trailed by just one going into the fourth quarter, fell to 7-12 overall and 4-5 in region. The Flyers host Canyon View Friday night.
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