ST. GEORGE — A pair of 5A schools won their second straight contests and Dixie roared into the Burns Arena and came away a big winner as the Coach Walk Classic at Dixie State continued Friday. Hurricane also rebounded with a win. Here’s a look at each of Friday’s games:
Dixie 60, Springville 42
Big man Richard Guymon dominated the paint as the Flyers used a 17-3 run in the first quarter to create separation from the Red Devils.
“We’re on Richard in practice and whatnot to go up and dunk the ball because of his crazy length,” Dixie point guard Malachi Otis said. “Tonight he finished plays strong, even when he got fouled. That one he got with a guy hanging on him, that was nice.”
The 6-foot-7 Guymon towered over the smaller Springville players and it was clear Dixie was planning on using the junior center all game, especially with star Tyler Bennett feeling a bit under the weather.
He responded with a two-handed flush in the paint off a single power dribble in the first half. Bennett had a tomahawk jam in the third quarter and Guymon got his second dunk, this time off a fast break, in the second half. With the Flyers way ahead, the refs had swallowed their whistles, but Guymon played through a hard foul and dunked the ball home regardless.
Dixie had been off since Tuesday, while the 4A Red Devils had played a late triple overtime game against Pine View Thursday night. Springville seemed a bit fatigued and the Flyers nearly ran them off the court in the first half. With the score 4-3 three minutes into the game, Dixie went on a 17-3 run to blow it open early.
The teams mostly traded baskets the rest of the night, though the Devils pulled to within 10 at 32-22 with 5:25 left in the third quarter. But Dixie responded with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to put the game away early. Nate Crockett had a 3-pointer, Guymon had a put back and Bennett got his hammer dunk in that run.
One final SHS surge pulled the Utah County team to within 51-40, but Dixie’s 9-2 run closed out the victory.
Dixie, 6-1, got 15 from Bennett and eight from Crockett. The Flyers have won six straight after a season-opening loss to Richfield. Dixie will play Viewmont at 1 p.m. Saturday at neutral site Pine View High School. Springville is 1-6.
Westlake 63, Desert Hills 39
The No. 3-ranked 5A team had no problem with the No. 1-ranked 3A team on this night as the WHS Thunder pulled away from the DHHS Thunder with a big third quarter.
He had plenty of help as well as Asa McCord scored 17 points, including a comical series in which he emphatically dunked the ball, then missed a wide open jam just seconds later, getting stuffed by the rim. Undefeated Westlake also got 11 from Dallin Stoddard.
The game was tied 9-9 in the first quarter when Fausett’s rebound jam sparked a 7-0 run. It was still a game at halftime, with WHS holding a 30-23 advantage, but Desert Hills went ice cold in the third.
With the score 32-25, Westlake went on a 16-2 run, with Fausett scoring nine of those 16 on a trey, a dunk, a post move and a put back.
Logan Hokanson was perhaps the only bright spot for Desert Hills. The junior guard had 12 points and his 3-poimter finally ended the dry stretch for D-Hills late in the third. But by then, Westlake was on its way with a 48-30 lead.
It’s the first loss of the season for the Desert Hills Thunder, who scored 13 points fewer than their lowest total of the year. D-Hills, 6-1, will participate in the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic Dec. 28-30 in the next game action for the Thunder. Westlake is now 7-0.
Viewmont 68, Pine View 58
It was a monster turnaround in this game as the Vikings erased a 30-25 halftime deficit by owning the third quarter.
Viewmont clamped down on the Panthers, allowing just one basket over the first five minutes of the second half to turn the game on a dime. The Vikings ended up outscoring Pine View 23-9 in the third and held a 48-39 lead heading into the final period.
Cole Huish was the catalyst. Huish was scoreless in the first quarter, but racked up 21 points and five steals over the next three quarters, including two very deep 3-pointers. Ben Barrett was also key for the Vikings. He had 14 points and 14 rebounds and helped keep Pine View post Cody Ruesch to just seven points and five rebounds.
The Panthers, behind Dylan Hendrickson, made a push in the fourth quarter and got within six points, but could not get any closer. Hendrickson finished with nine points, as did teammates Steve Bangerter and Kade Moore. No Pine View player made it into double-figures.
Viewmont made just 8 of 24 shots in the first half, but hit 13 of 23 after intermission and outscored Pine View 43-28 in the second half.
The Panther had a miserable night shooting, making just 18 of 55 shots (33 percent). Pine View stayed close by hitting 15 of 18 from the free throw line, including 4 for 4 games from Bangerter and Tyler Johnston.
Kason Larsen, VHS’s point guard, had 15 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.
Pine View, 7-3, is off until a Dec. 30 home date with Richfield. Viewmont is 5-4 after going 2-0 in the Coach Walk Classic.
Hurricane 63, Manti 60
The Tigers rebounded from a bad loss to Viewmont Thursday to capture a key win against the Templars.
The Tigers took the lead early in the third quarter with a 7-1 run and held it nearly the entire second half. It looked like HHS had the game in the bag with a 56-49 lead with just over four minutes left after a 3-pointer made by Landon Barker.
But Manti would rally behind Tanner Lefevre and Thomas McFarlane and take the lead at 60-59 with under two minutes to play. Lefevre’s two free throws put Manti on top.
Jack Stevenson drew a foul moments later and made both of his charity shots to put the Tigers back on top 61-60 with 1:20 left.
Crashing the glass, the Templars had three chances to take the lead back in the final minute, but couldn’t get the biscuit in the basket. Hurricane finally cleared the rebound with nine seconds left and Barker was fouled. He calmly hit both free throws to make it 63-60.
Manti’s last gasp was a 3-pointer attempt by sharp-shooter Derek Wright with two seconds left. It was a good look, but skimmed off the rim and Kyle Williams secured the rebound and the win.
Williams had 12 points and six boards and Josh Parker contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who improved to 4-2 on the season with the win.
Hurricane shot just 36 percent in the game (22-61), but owned the glass with a 42-27 rebounding advantage.
Manti was led by Wright’s 24 points, with McFarlane contributing 13 points and 11 boards. The Templars, 2-5, were 20 of 50 from the floor.
The Tigers play Springville at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dixie State’s Old Gymnasium to conclude the Coach Walk Classic tournament.
Stats: Hurricane 63, Manti 60
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