ST. GEORGE – Pine View’s getting pretty good at doing the little things and its gotten the Panthers a big win streak.
With suffocating defense and sharp shooting from the line (14 out of 15), Pine View slowly, but surely, put away the Canyon View Falcons 55-37 Tuesday night in the Pit gymnasium at PVHS.
“Defense is everything to us,” Pine View forward Dylan Hendrickson said. “Ever since we were little, we’ve been able to score the ball. But we’ve been talking since this summer that if we can learn how to defend guys and keep them out of the paint, that’s when we’re going to be able to have a really good season.”
Even when the Falcons did get a shot in the paint, 6-foot-7 Pine View center Trey Farrer was there to block or change the attempt. That defensive effort led to a season-low output for the Falcons, and a miserable 14 for 47 (29 percent) shooting night for Canyon View.
“We struggled a little bit offensively, but overall it was a good game for us,” Panther coach Ryan Eves said. “We get stops like that and hold teams to 35 or 40 points, we can do a lot of things this year.”
Canyon View could muster just four points in the second quarter as Pine View went on a 10-2 run over the last five minutes of the first half. Meanwhile, Farrer was having his way inside against the smaller Falcons, scoring 12 in the first half and finishing with a game-high 26 points and 14 rebounds.
“I try to be the rim protector for us,” Farrer said. “On offense, if I’m not getting double-teamed, Coach says to go up with it.”
It’s been a phenomenal stretch for Farrer. In the last five games, he is averaging 25.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest. His season average is 24.0 and 9.0.
It helps that Farrer has shooters he can rely on in McKay Lambert (12.5 ppg, 23 treys) and Kade Moore (7.0 ppg, 10 treys) and a slasher like Hendrickson (11.5 ppg, 5.8 rebounds a game).
“When we’ve got everyone out of foul trouble and not injured, we put together a pretty good team,” Eves said.
It was a 13-13 game early in the second quarter when the Panthers locked it down on defense. Jackson Wadsworth, Michael Frodsham and Michael Moten all scored to make it 19-13. After a basket by Canyon View’s Porter Miller, Hendrickson and Farrer each scored inside to make it 23-15 at the half.
The Panther lead got up to 35-19 in the third quarter as Moore and Lambert buried 3-pointers, but the Falcons slowly cut the lead to 40-30 at the quarter break with an 11-5 run led by Cash Christensen.
But that’s as close as the Falcons would get the rest of the way. Farrer had a hook shot, a three-point play and pair of free throws as part of a 12-3 run to push the advantage to 52-33.
Lambert finished with nine points on three treys and Hendrickson had eight points, despite spraining his ankle in the first half.
For Canyon View, Miller and Joey Lambeth finished with eight points each as CV had no players reach double figures. Miller had nine rebounds, but leading scorer Brantzen Blackner, who came into the game averaging 17 points per outing, was held to six points.
The Panthers, 7-0, host the Coach Walker Memorial Holiday Classic Thursday through Saturday this week. Pine View will play Maple Mountain Thursday at 8 p.m. and Viewmont Friday at 8 p.m. Both games will be in DSU’s Burns Arena.
Canyon View, 3-6, is now 1-4 against Region 9 teams. The Falcons play at Cedar Friday night at 7 p.m. Canyon View will rejoin the region next season.
Copper Hills 50, Cedar 39
The Redmen couldn’t get the offense untracked in the second and third quarters, getting outscored by the Grizzlies 20-12 during that stretch.
Keenan Nielson was the top scorer in the game for CHS, netting 16 points, while Mason Fakahua scored 13. However, the rest of the team made just five shots and scored just 10 points.
Cedar, which drops to 1-4 with the loss, will host Canyon View on Friday and North Sanpete next Tuesday before taking a week off for the Christmas holiday.
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