Region 9 boys hoops preview: Desert Hills Thunder

ST. GEORGE — With Region 9 games beginning Wednesday, the St. George News sports staff helps prepare fans for the 2013-14 region season with a series of boys basketball previews.

DESERT HILLS THUNDER
Desert-Hills-smHead Coach: Wade Turley (2nd year)
2012-2013 Record: 15-7 (2nd in region with an 8-4 record)
2013 Postseason: Lost to Wasatch 52-46 in the 3A first round
Key Returners: Taylor Houston, Quincy Matthews, Brycen Williams, Trey Tanner, Jordan Hokanson
Key Losses: Ty Rutledge, Josh Anderson
Probable Starters: Houston, Matthews, Williams, Tanner and Hokanson
Key Reserves: Austin Adams, Landon Broadhead, Sam Messinger
Lineup: DH lost its two leading scorers from last year, yet the Thunder have a wealth of experience back. Hokanson was having a great season before being suspended last year. Houston is ultra-athletic and Williams is a true point guard. But Quincy Matthews may be the best of the bunch and he’s just a junior. Tanner will be tasked with banging inside with te region’s top big men. Adams will help as well and he’s big at 6-8.
Outlook: Desert Hills has athleticism, speed, skill and, perhaps most importantly, hunger. Losing in the first round last season left a bitter taste in the Thunder’s mouth and they can’t wait to do something about it. Turley also is a defensive specialist and has the team fired up about stopping people.

Coach Wade Turley
Coach Wade Turley

Coach Says: “We have a real fun group this year. They’ve been together a long time and played a lot of basketball together,” Turley said. “I love the way they battle and compete,. They’re just really tough, hard-nosed kids. They love the game and they really love each other.
2013-14 Region 9 projected finish:
R9 coaches — 1st
R9 media — 2nd
DesNews — 1st

#

Player

Hght

Wght

Pos

Class

0

TANNER, Trey*

6-7

210

Center

Senior

2

MILLS, Max

5-10

140

Guard

Junior

3

WILLIAMS, Brycen

5-8

150

Guard

Senior

4

FORSYTH, Logan

6-0

150

Guard

Junior

5

BROADHEAD, Landon

6-0

175

Guard

Senior

22

MATTHEWS, Quincy*

6-4

200

Forward

Junior

23

HOKANSON, Jordan

6-2

175

Guard

Senior

24

HOUSTON, Taylor*

6-4

170

Forward

Senior

25

ADAMS, Austin

6-8

185

Center

Junior

30

LARSEN, Eric

6-1

180

Guard

Junior

32

HARDY, Steve

6-5

170

Center

Junior

33

MESSINGER, Sam

6-2

180

Guard

Junior

44

MACDONALD, Mason

6-1

185

Forward

Junior

* – returning starters

2013-14 Region Schedule – Desert Hills
Wed., Dec. 11 – @ Dixie
Wed., Dec. 18 – vs. Cedar
Wed., Jan. 8 – @ Hurricane
Wed., Jan. 15 – @ Canyon View
Fri., Jan. 17 – vs. Pine View
Wed., Jan. 22 – vs. Snow Canyon
Fri., Jan. 24 – vs. Dixie
Wed., Jan. 29 – @ Cedar
Fri., Jan. 31 – vs. Hurricane
Fri., Feb. 7 – vs. Canyon View
Wed., Feb. 12 – @ Pine View
Fri., Feb. 14 – @ Snow Canyon

Preseason Tourneys: Dec. 6-7 @ 3A Preview; Dec. 13-14 @ Ken Robinson Classic; Dec. 19-21 @ Red Rocks Rumble

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