Region 9 boys basketball: Dixie edges Snow Canyon; Pine View, Canyon View win

Malik Drye of Canyon View starts a fast break while being guarded by Spencer Jolley of Desert Hills, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 9, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE — All three home teams held serve Wednesday night in Region 9 boys basketball play. Here are the recaps of those games:

Canyon View 67, Desert Hills 55

At Canyon View, the Falcons built a 20-point lead over the first three quarters then withstood a late rally to defeat the Desert Hills Thunder, 67-55.

Desert Hills’ Mason Chase scored 17 of his 19 points during the fourth quarter, but the Thunder could get no closer than 10 points down the stretch, as Canyon View made 10-of-12 free throws during the final quarter while trying to use up the remaining time on the clock.

“We had to hold on down the stretch but played well enough early to withstand their run,” said Canyon View head coach Rob Potter, who added he had “lots of respect for Desert Hills.”

“That was my first time beating them at home,” Potter added. “We have beaten them a few times down there but not at home in my tenure.”

“I am proud of how my kids played through adversity and were resilient and showing courage,” Potter added. “We defended and executed well.”

Canyon View’s Trevor Farrow surveys the Desert Hills defense, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 9, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

The game started slowly, with Canyon View leading 4-3 midway through the first quarter. Canyon View’s Mason Lyman drained a long 2-pointer at the buzzer to put the Falcons up 14-10 after one quarter. The second quarter played out in similar fashion, as the Falcons outscored the Thunder 14-8 to take a 28-18 halftime lead.

Both teams missed their first few shots at the start of the third period, but Canyon View’s Trevor Farrow broke the ice by draining a 3-pointer with 6:17 left to put the Falcons up by 13. That was the beginning of a 13-3 run that gave Canyon View its first 20-point lead at 41-21 with just under 2 1/2 minutes left in the third. Each team scored four more points before the quarter ended.

Mason Lyman of Canyon View shoots a 3-pointer against Desert Hills, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 9, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Chase, who’d picked up his third personal foul in the second quarter and had played sparingly after that, got the Thunder off to a strong start in the fourth. Chase scored Desert Hills’ first 10 points during the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, but Canyon View managed to score seven points during that span, thereby curtailing the damage.

The closest the Thunder got in the fourth period was 10 points, which occurred three times in the final minute of play. Canyon View went 8-for-8 from the free throw line during that final minute to ice the win.

Parker Holmes led the way for Canyon View with 21 points and six rebounds, while Farrow added 16 points and Lyman contributed 14.

The Thunder were led by Chase’s 19 points, with Trevin Lindstrom adding 15.

Canyon View next plays at crosstown rival Cedar on Friday at 7 p.m.

Desert Hills, which has a bye Friday night, next plays Tuesday at home against Snow Canyon.

— Written by Jeff Richards

Dixie 47, Snow Canyon 45

In a back-and-forth Region 9 battle, the Dixie Flyers edged the Snow Canyon Warriors 47-45 on Wednesday night, improving to 2-0 in region play.

Dixie’s Hayden Cottle (20) defends against Snow Canyon’s Cole Warner, St. George, Utah, Jan. 9, 2019 | Photo by David Larson, St. George News

Neither team could break away, with the largest lead of the game being seven for either side. Dixie led by two at the end of the first half.

The second half was the same story, with both teams staying within striking distance of each other. The Warriors had a chance to take the lead with just seconds left but were denied, and the Flyers made one of two free throws to seal the close victory.

Dixie’s Ethan Bennett led all scorers with 15 points. Nicolas Roundy added nine for the Flyers.

With the loss, Snow Canyon drops to 0-3 in region play. They were led by Joseph Robertson, who had 12 points and Cole Warner who added 10.

Up next, the Warriors will look for their first win in region play when they host Hurricane on Friday. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m.

For the Flyers, they will welcome the Pine View Panthers on Friday in an early season showdown for the top spot in the region. The game will begin at 7 p.m.

— Written by Spencer Rodak

Pine View 57, Cedar 42

The Pine View Panthers continued their winning ways to start Region 9 play on Wednesday night, defeating Cedar 57-42 and improving to 2-0 in the region.

Pine View led from start to finish, leading by seven after one quarter before doubling the lead at the halftime break to eventually take the 15-point victory.

The Panthers defense held the Redmen in check the entire night, with Cedar shooting just 3-for-17 (18 percent) from 3-point range and just 15-for 51 (29 percent) overall.

Pine View was led on the offensive side by Michael Moore, who dropped 14 points. Taiven Shepherd added 11 points and five rebounds, while Ryan Hopper stuffed the stat sheet, recording nine points, six assists and five rebounds while adding two steals and a blocked shot.

Up next, the Panthers look to continue their hot start to region play when they take on Dixie on Friday at 7 p.m.

Cedar will take on rival Canyon View on Friday at 7 p.m. in search of their first region win of the season.

— Written by Spencer Rodak

Region 9 standings
Dixie 2-0 (10-2)
Pine View 2-0 (5-6)
Desert Hills 2-1 (8-5)
Canyon View 2-1 (6-7)
Hurricane 1-1 (5-6)
Snow Canyon 0-3 (4-8)
Cedar 0-3 (4-9)

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