Flyers pull away from Spring Valley early, cruise to victory

Dixie vs. Spring Valley, Nev., Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 3, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The Dixie Flyers completed a weekend sweep against two non-region opponents Saturday afternoon with an easy 67-52 win over the visiting Spring Valley Grizzlies from Las Vegas

dixie-sm“Both teams we played this weekend play intense, in-your-face defense,” said Dixie’s Jake Hawes. “That will help prepare us for the upcoming region teams.”

The Grizzlies maintained pace through most of the first quarter. Ryan Goecke’s pull-up trey on the fast break gave Spring Valley an early 8-7 advantage at the 4:37 mark. The Flyers responded with a 9-0 run. Hawes started the run with a put-back tip-in. R.J. Wilgar then connected twice on drives to the basket. Nate Crockett capped the run with a three-pointer from the left side. With less than a minute to play in the first, the lead was 16-8. Goecke’s second three-pointer at the end of the first quarter put the Grizzlies in double figures, 16-11.

Izaic Blazzard makes a pass, Dixie vs. Spring Valley, Nev., Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 3, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News
Izaic Blazzard makes a pass, Dixie vs. Spring Valley, Nev., Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 3, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Goecke’s third three came midway through the second quarter and SVHS pulled to within four, 23-19. Dixie would close out the half on a 15-0 run. Hawes and Wilgar both scored twice from beyond the arc to give the Flyers a comfortable 38-19 lead at the break.

After an initial basket by Dixie post Richard Guymon, the third quarter would see Hawes and Wilgar trade blows with Spring Valley’s Travis Walton and Carl Albert. Walton and Albert accounted for all of the Grizzlies 11 points in the quarter, while Hawes and Wilgar scored 10 of Dixie’s 12. Dixie led 50-30 after three.

Guymon would start the scoring again in the fourth quarter.

“We have been working on developing our post players,” said Dixie head coach Ryan Cuff. “Competing with the teams in this region requires you to have good post players. Guymon, Ethan Langford and Bret Barben have all improved and are giving us good minutes.”

Dixie climbed to its biggest lead halfway through the fourth. Another Crockett 3-pointer gave Dixie a 62-38 advantage with 4:10 remaining. At that point, both teams substituted many of their bench players in the game. Spring Valley would close the game out on a 14-5 run to get to the final score.

“We got a chance to run some things the past couple of games,” said Cuff. “We also got our reserves some valuable experience. With Tyler (Bennett) gone, Malachi Otis picked up some extra minutes. He plays JV quite a bit, but he is playing at the varsity level right now.”

For the Grizzlies, Goecke led with 14 points. He was joined in double-figures by Albert (12 points) and Walton (11 points). Hawes led all scorers with 23 points. Wilgar and Crockett contributed with 18 and 13 points, respectively.

The Flyers improve to 8-3. They will travel to Pine View Wednesday to take on the undefeated Panthers.

Lone Peak 71, Snow Canyon 36

The Warriors hung tough for about a quarter and a half before the Knights exploded and turned the game into a blowout.

snow-canyon-smFrank Jackson scored 21 points and Nick Curtis had the killer line of 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to lead Lone Peak. which is ranked No. 1 in the 5A classification and has won four straight 5A titles.

It was a two-point game in the second quarter when the Knights went on a big run and pulled out to a 32-18 halftime lead. Lone Peak followed that with a monstrous third period to push the lead to 56-25 and coasted from there.

Snow Canyon, 5-5, has lost three straight. No Warrior reached double-figures in the loss, though Kade Potter knocked down three 3-pointers and Chance Thorkleson had eight points.

The Warriors host Hurricane Wednesday night.

Canyon View 70, Delta 60

The Falcons won their fourth straight game by outrunning the Rabbits Saturday evening.

canyon-view-smKeaton Kringlen led the way with 15 and Ty Nielson and Ty Hollerman each tossed in 14 for Canyon View, which improved to 6-4 on the year.

The Falcons, 0-1 in region play, host crosstown rival Cedar Wednesday night, followed by a Friday trip to Hurricane.

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