CEDAR CITY — It was a streaky game in the Falcon’s Nest, with Snow Canyon finishing the hottest, defeating Canyon View 66-55 Wednesday night.
The Falcons used a 13-0 run in the second quarter to go to the locker room with a 23-19 lead. But Snow Canyon went on a 15-2 run to start the second half and never trailed again en route to its first region win.
“In the third quarter, we came out and pout some pressure on their guards,” Snow Canyon head coach James Brown said. “It was a man press, but we trapped out of it a little bit and their guards had a hard time getting out of it. TJ Taimi did a great job using his length. He had a lot of tipped balls that led to layups.”
Snow Canyon, 2-2 overall and 1-1 in region, got 17 points, including three 3-pointers from Taimi, a 6-foot-1 junior forward. He had scored just 13 points in SC’s three previous games combined.
“TJ’s got a lot of potential,” Brown said. “I hope he realizes what he is capable of. He hit the a 3-pointer to start the game and get us going.”
Brock Staheli was also solid, leading the game with 21 points. Staheli made 12 free throws in the game and also hit a 3-pointer. Kade Potter also chipped in 14 points.
“I think Kade was frustrated because he didn’t get a lot of shots, but the ones he took were good percentage shots,” Brown said.
Canyon View was able to pull within 44-41 early in the fourth quarter on a basket by Derek Dunnell. But the Warriors responded with a 10-0 run that put the game away. Taimi had a three-point play and Potter hit a trey in the run.
With the win, Snow Canyon got an all-important region win before the holiday break.
“This was a big deal for us,” Brown said. “It’s early and it’s been hard to get in a rhythm, but this is an important win. If you want to get into the playoffs, you have to win games like this. We feel like we need to take two from Canyon View if we want to be a playoff team.”
Snow Canyon plays at home for the next three evenings. The Warriors host Woods Cross Thursday (8:30 p.m.), Mountain View Friday (8:30 p.m.) and Manti Saturday (3:15 p.m.) as part of the Coach Walker Classic tournament.
Canyon View, 2-3 overall and 0-1 in region, got 22 points in the game from Keaton Kringlen. The Falcons are at Richfield Friday night.
Stats: SC 66, CV 55
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