CEDAR CITY — Cedar senior stars Dustin Staggs and Kordan Nielson made just enough free throws, 6 of 10 in the final 2:16, and Canyon View’s Sterling Barnes missed the potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Redmen held off Canyon View 61-58 Friday night in the Falcon’s Nest.
Nielson continued his torrid pace, netting 18 points and Staggs added 13. But Cedar also got some help from others, with three other players scoring at least six points. Kyle Wood had three 3-pointers for nine points while Jaren Forsyth and Ty Liston had 6 points each.
The Redmen built a 33-24 lead in the first half behind the hot outside shooting of Liston, Nielson and Wood. But Canyon climbed back into the fight with a strong third quarter. Ryan Jensen and Sterling Barnes both hit big shots to make it a close game again.
The fourth quarter was nip and tuck, but Nielson and Staggs were able to protect the slim lead with just enough free throws, despite some late shooting heroics by Keaton Kringlen and Koy Huxford. Huxford led his team with 18 points and Jensen added 12. Barnes finished with 8.
The schedule late this season sorts out favorably for the Redmen, who are two games behind league leader Pine View. Three of Cedar’s last five games are at home, with only road trips to fifth-place Dixie and seventh-place Hurricane. Cedar plays at home vs. Desert Hills Wednesday night and has a bye next Friday.
Canyon View, which fell to 5-12 and 2-5, is off Wednesday and plays at Snow Canyon next Friday.
Stats: CHS 61, CVHS 58
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