Region basketball is just a couple of weeks away now and Region 9 teams are trying to get their last non-league licks in before the all-important league games begin. Four region teams were in action Monday night at various holiday tournaments around the region. Here are the results:
Dixie 59, Riverton 48
The 3A Flyers stunned the 5A Silverwolves by owning the fourth quarter in this tourney game hosted by Riverton.
Tyler Bennett continued his torrid scoring pace. The senior guard poured in 22 points and is averaging 22.7 points a game in leading Dixie to its seventh win of the year.
He got some help from 6-foot-7 center Richard Guymon, who had 15 points, and sharp shooter Nate Crockett had three 3-pointers and 11 points.
Dixie led 31-30 at the half and neither team could score even 10 points in the third quarter. Dixie finally got untracked in the fourth thanks to the hot-shooting of Bennett and Crockett.
Dixie, 7-2, continues in the Riverton Holiday Classic with a game at 3:30 p.m. against Cyprus at Riverton High School. The tourney continues through Thursday.
Riverton, which got 16 points from Joey Andrews, falls to 3-5 with the loss.
Desert Hills 57, Union 35
At the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic, it was easy sledding for the Thunder, who led by 20 at the half and never looked back.
Marcus McKone had 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting and Braxton Porter had 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting as the Thunder hit 23 of 44 shots in the game. D-Hills was even hot at the line, making 6 of 7 free throws in the rout. Porter also had three rebounds and three steals, while McKone added seven boards.
Cody Fitzgerald shored up the defense with four blocked shots, while Logan Hokanson handed out the dimes with seven assists in the game as the Thunder improved to 7-1 on the season. DH plays again Tuesday with a 3:30 battle vs. 4A Skyline. The game is at Cedar High School.
Spanish Fork 69, Cedar 53
At the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic, a slow start doomed the Redmen, who were down 10 points just 10 minutes into the game.
Cedar played the Dons fairly even the rest of the game, but could never pull within striking distance. Keenan Nielson had 17 points and six assists, with Mason Fakahua chipping in 14 points and five assists for Cedar.
The duo of Bridger Noles and Tanner Argyle combined for 41 points for Spanish Fork, which improved to 2-5 with the blowout road win.
Cedar, which falls to 3-3 on the season, will host Union at 6:30 p.m. on the second day of the Classic.
Desert Oasis (Nev.) 82, Hurricane 55
Hurricane will continue play in the tourney Tuesday.
Skyline 70, Canyon View 52
Austin Stevenson led the Eagles with 24 points as 4A Skyline improved to 4-3. Canyon View, 6-6, will host Stansbury at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
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