Boys basketball: Defense the key as Flyers look for repeat

Dixie's Richard Guymon is expected to lead the Flyers back to the playoffs | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Dixie had a lot of flash on its championship team a year ago, with Tyler Bennett slashing to the basket, Richard Guymon throwing down monster jams and Nate Crockett and Connor Dyches firing away from downtown.

dixie-logoBut one thing lost in all that pizzazz was this: The Flyers played really good defense on their way to the 3A state title, a feat they hope to accomplish again in 2016-17.

“Every year presents a new challenge,” Dixie coach Ryan Cuff said. “One thing we’ve realized in the last few years is how important defense is. Last year we won the state championship because of our defense. And the guys that allowed us to be as good as we were (on defense) are sitting right here.”

Dixie's Tyler Curtis (0), Dixie vs. Layton Christian Academy, Boy's Basketball, St. George, Utah, Nov. 22, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Dixie’s Tyler Curtis (0), Dixie vs. Layton Christian Academy, Boy’s Basketball, St. George, Utah, Nov. 22, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Backcourt: Kaden Elzy and Ty Curtis played significant minutes  last season and both started at times. Kannen Dye saw some varsity playing time last season. Tanner Cuff, the coach’s son, should be a key player this season as well, despite being just a sophomore. And Kaden Elzy’s younger brother, Korbin, will factor in as well.

Frontcourt: Preseason Region 9 MVP Richard Guymon will have a lot of pressure to produce this year after being one of the stars of that championship team. Guymon is fierce on the defensive end and athletic at both ends. Sam Stewart will be key at the forward position.

Last year, Dixie gave up a region best 47.8 points per game in 10 league contests. Having Guymon in the middle helps.

“This team has bought into defense, even more so than the team we had last year,” Cuff said. “Richard is a great team leader, with experience and we need him to lead this team.”

Dixie has played one game already, a blowout win over Layton Christian Academy. The Flyers are in Richfield for the 3A Preview this weekend and will host the Ken Robinson Classic next week.

DATE GAME START TIME / RESULTS WATCH
Tuesday, Nov. 22
HOF CLASSIC

vs Layton Christian

Dixie 61 | Layton Christian 36
Friday, Dec. 2
3A-2A PREVIEW

vs Union

2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3
3A-2A PREVIEW

vs Morgan

9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Canyon View 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9
KEN ROBINSON CLASSIC

vs Spanish Fork

7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10
KEN ROBINSON CLASSIC

vs Richfield

5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15
COACH WALKER CLASSIC

vs Viewmont

9:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 16
COACH WALKER CLASSIC

vs Manti

5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17
COACH WALKER CLASSIC

vs Ridgeline

1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 28
RIVERTON TOURNAMENT

vs Wasatch

5:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 29
RIVERTON TOURNAMENT

vs Hunter

1:45 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 30
RIVERTON TOURNAMENT

vs TBD

12:00 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31
RIVERTON TOURNAMENT

vs TBD

12:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Hurricane 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 13 vs Desert Hills 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 at Snow Canyon 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20 vs Pine View 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 vs Cedar 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 27 vs Hurricane 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Desert Hills 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 3 vs Snow Canyon 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Pine View 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 10 at Cedar 7:00 p.m.

Email: sports@stgnews.com

Twitter: @oldschoolag

Copyright St. George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2016, all rights reserved.

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!

Posted in Dixie High, Sports, Top Sports StoriesTagged , , , ,

Leave a Reply