Region 9 basketball: Inside tonight’s match-ups, 2/14/14

Tonight’s Region 9 boys basketball games — Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

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Desert Hills (12-8, 7-4) at Snow Canyon (14-6, 9-2), 7 p.m. at the Jungle
Broadcast: Triplecast! CEC-TV Ch. 22 (Baja Cable), ESPN 106.1 FM and STGNews.com

THUNDER
Desert-Hills-smCoach: Wade Turley
Record: 12-8 overall, 7-4 in region
Streak: 3 wins
Last five: 4-1
PPG: 53.3
PAPG: 48.9
Probable starters: Taylor Houston (7.6 ppg), Quincy Matthews (12.6), Brycen Williams (5.6), Trey Tanner (7.0), Jordan Hokanson (8.2)
Other key contributors: Landen Broadhead (3.7), Sam Messinger (3.0), Austin Adams (4.2)

WARRIORS
snow-canyon-smCoach: James Brown
Record: 14-6 overall, 9-2 in region
Streak: 4 wins
Last Five: 4-1
PPG: 60.0
PAPG: 58.4
Probable starters: Hayden Anderson (7.7 ppg), Nate Gottfredson (14.8), Tanner Sampson (9.1), Chase Jenkins (4.4), Jacob Frei (8.7)
Other key contributors: Brock Staheli (4.3), Warner Rigby (4.5), Kade Potter (1.8)

Game outlook: The Thunder have a lot to play for … or do they? A win would give Desert Hills the No. 3-seed ahead of Cedar, but with things still not settled at the top of Region 11, it may come down to a coin toss anyway as to whether the Thunder make a trip to Bear River or Grantsville. Going in as a three seed could mean a second round game against red-hot Morgan if the Thunder were to make it that far, so be careful what you wish for. Of course, winning at Snow Canyon is no easy task anyway. The Warriors have won four straight games and their only region losses game on buzzer-beaters. With the guards playing well and Gottfredson and Anderson stepping forward as the best big-man combo in the region, it’s no secret why SC is the region champion.

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Cedar (12-8, 7-4) at Dixie (11-9, 4-7), 7 p.m. at The Hangar
Broadcast: 590-AM KSUB

REDMEN
cedar-smCoach: Craig Cardon
Record: 12-8 overall, 7-4 in region
Streak: 1 loss
Last five: 4-1
PPG: 53.4
PAPG: 48.4
Probable starters: Kordan Nielson (18.5 ppg), Dustin Staggs (13.9), Kyle Wood (5.4), Weston Bettridge (2.9), Greyson Hulet (3.1)
Other key contributors: Kole Dotson (1.8), James Thompson (1.4), Ben Brown (.6), Jaren Forsyth (2.0) 

FLYERS
dixie-smCoach: Ryan Cuff
Record: 11-9 overall, 4-7 in region
Streak: 1 win
Last five: 2-3
PPG: 55.0
PAPG: 53.2
Probable starters: RJ Wilgar (8.6 ppg), Tyler Bennett (7.5), Harrison Labrum (4.9), Jake Hawes (13.9), Sam Guymon (10.5)
Other key contributors: Jake Christiansen (3.8), Izaic Blazzard (2.5) Nate Crockett (2.4)

Game Outlook: The Redmen have to shake off that gut-wrenching loss at home to Snow Canyon last Friday and get a win heading into the playoffs. We don’t think this game is about seeding for Cedar, but about getting the ship righted and about getting some confidence and momentum before going on the road next week, whether it’s Bear River or Grantsville. Cedar is still playing awfully good basketball, but a punch in the gut like it got from the Warriors can be staggering. Dixie should be loosey-goosey with nothing to lose tonight. The Flyers will have a winning overall record this year, but another disappointing region record and no playoffs. Perhaps a season-ending win over a playoff team can salvage some good feeling for Flyer Nation.

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Canyon View (6-15, 3-8) at Hurricane (5-16, 1-10), 7 p.m., at the Tiger’s Den
Broadcast: Kickin’ 94.9 FM

FALCONS
canyon-view-smCoach: Rob Potter
Record: 6-15 overall, 3-8 in region
Streak: 2 losses
Last Five: 1-4
PPG: 52.2
PAPG: 59.4
Probable starters: Keaton Kringlen (8.1 ppg), Koy Huxford (10.8), Sterling Barnes (6.0), Derek Dunnell (3.6), Ty Nielson (5.1)
Other key contributors: Travis Bettridge (4.8), Ryan Jensen (6.1), Ty Hollerman (1.9), Brycen Bybee (2.5)

TIGERS
hurricane-smCoach: Todd Langston
Record: 5-16 overall, 1-10 in region
Streak: 10 losses
Last Five: 0-5
PPG: 48.3
PAPG: 54.6
Probable starters: Kaden Langston (7.9 ppg), Jayce Housley (6.1), Cody LeBaron (12.5), Jordan Ence (2.9), Erik Mitchell (4.6)
Other key contributors: James Bennion (4.7), Austen Beatty (5.3), Austin Butler (1.3)

Game Outlook: The Tigers need a win in the worst way. Last season was a disaster, but with the new coaching staff, things were looking up this year. Most around the region agree the Tigers play hard and have made improvements, but a 10-game losing streak makes everything feel similar to last season and that’s not good. Region 9 is tough and the Falcons know more than most, having been at the bottom for a while now, but these two teams have fans like everyone else and fans need winning seasons.

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