High School Basketball: 3A/2A Playoff Roundup Starting Saturday
Juan Diego 49, South Summit 47
Zuriel Marquez scored 23 points as Juan Diego edged South Summit in a home-and-away game. The Soaring Eagle offense took an early lead with a 20-point first quarter, but the Wildcats fought back, allowing just four points in the second period to even things up before halftime. The entire second half was close, but Juan Diego managed to take a narrow lead and hold on for a 49-47 victory. Both teams scored 17 field goals and 11 free throws, but a 6-4 advantage from behind the arc was the difference for the Soaring Eagle.
Morgan 57, canyon view 48
Alex Fisher scored 17 points and Nixon Ordyna added 16 as Morgan built a 29-16 halftime lead over Canyon View and didn’t look back on the way to the 3A second-round victory .
“Our boys played a great game today. I’m proud of the way they executed our game plan. They all pulled together and contributed to the victory. This game is always so stressful and our team have so handled that stress well. Happy to move on to the next round.
—Brad Matthews, Morgan’s trainer
Layton Christian 84, Emery 53
Tyrese Lacy and Isaac Cubero combined for 33 points and seven 3-pointers as they pulled away from Emery with a dominating second quarter en route to the easy 3A victory in the second round.
“We played good defense today and moved the ball well in attack today. We still have a long way to go.”
— Bobby Porter, coach of Layton Christian.
Summit Academy 58, Union 42
Summit Academy got off to a fast start, claiming an early 17-9 lead before stretching the lead to a dozen points before halftime. In the end, they walked away with a win and a ticket to the state tournament finals. Tyson Christensen and Tyler Jensen each had 18 points in the win. Summit Academy will play Layton Christian on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
“We were very lucky to get the win today, Union are so well trained and the game so hard. We were able to handle their pressure. So use that to our advantage. Defending and bouncing back is what makes us made it possible today.
— Curtis Condie, Summit Academy Coach
Manti 57, Juab 39
Manti won each of the four quarters, building their lead with a 57-39 win over the visiting Wasps. Three different Templars finished in double figures including Kayson Douglas who scored 15 points. The Templars will face the American Leadership Academy Red Hot Eagles in the quarter-finals.
“I was proud of our rebounds and our defensive efforts tonight. We are grateful to have the opportunity to play next week.
— Devin Shakespear, Manti’s trainer
Ben Lomond 48, Ogden 43
Ben Lomond trailed after the first and third quarters, but strong finishes in both halves helped them win 48-43 over Ogden. Kekoa Beard knocked down four three-pointers en route to 21 total points to lead all scorers.
“Today’s game was all about mental toughness and that’s what I’m most proud of with our lads’ focus for today. We were extremely attentive to the small details and tried to correct some of our past mistakes today and that was very clearly reflected in the result. A big thank you to the Ogden Tigers and Coach Randall for the tremendous turnaround they have made this season. I know we have become a better team today thanks to their efforts and the challenge presented.
—Ben Lomond Coach Tanoka Beard
American Leadership 66, North Sanpete 61
American Leadership started the first and third quarters tied with North Sanpete, but finished each with a five-point lead. The final period saw both teams finish with 17 points, giving the Eagles a surprise 66-61 victory. Russell Gibson led all scorers with 26 points and two 3-pointers. The 18th-seeded ALA will look to continue their Cinderella run Thursday morning at Weber State.
“The team and the coaching staff are all at their peak at the right time. This is the first time in ALA history that it has reached the elite 8. Russell Gibson was amazing and showed great leadership. To help us knock out the No. 2 seed. I’m so proud of my guys’ great teamwork.
— Ronnie Ross, ALA Coach
South Sevier 72, Duchesne 66
Ridge Tebbs and South Sevier battled to a quarterfinal appearance in an offensive shootout. Each team had three players scoring in double figures, including Tebb who led all scorers with 24 points and four three-pointers. Carter Abraham and Riley Barney made key defensive plays as both players finished with five interceptions.
“Our boys faced a solid and well-trained Duchesne team. It was a home and away game for 4 quarters. All of our boys played well and did just enough to get the win.
— Carson Christensen, South Sevier coach
San Juan 57, Beaver 31
Jensen Grover, Cooper Black and Jayden Black all scored in double digits as top seed San Juan passed Beaver for the second-round 2A victory. The Broncos built a 31-14 halftime lead, then gave up in the second half.
“San Juan’s stifling defense through the first three quarters, combined with a huge rebounding effort, propelled him to an early lead and a convincing win over Beaver. This one was for Taylor.
—Travis Black, San Juan Coach
Rockwell 62, American Heritage 58
Kolton Henderson scored 13 of 22 points in the third quarter as Rockwell held off a second-half rally from American Heritage. The Marshals had fallen twice to the Patriots earlier this season but prevailed with key defensive moments in the streak, paired with a good offense. Rockwell will face top-seeded San Juan in the quarterfinals.
“I’m proud of how these boys came together today. Heart, restlessness and hard work characterize this victory.
—Richard Wells, Rockwell trainer
Millard 70, Waterford 37
Millard took a step closer to a state championship with a blowout victory over Waterford. The Ravens scored just 12 in the first half as the Eagles defense triumphed. Hunter Rhodes, Brant Stevens and Peyton Rasmussen combined to score 53 points while Rasmussen and Taylor Davies each had double-digit rebounds.
“The boys played a full game on both sides of the ball. They were able to execute our game plan and do the things we prepared for all week against a defense we thought we could see. Great to be able to go to the Sevier Center for State next week.”
— Darin Rhodes, Millard’s trainer
Kanab 71, Draper APA 60
Kanab escaped Draper APA with a 71-60 road victory in the second round of the state tournament. The Cowboys trailed by two at halftime, but a 39-point second half propelled them to victory. Kason Janes dominated on the inside, finishing with 25 points in the win.
“Good win for the cowboys today. Some players got up and carried us when we stalled. Excited to be directed to the state.
—Jerron Glazier, Kanab Coach
Company 57, North Sevier 37
Enterprise won each of the four quarters, but an 18-2 run in the second quarter was responsible for most of their split. Wolves used a balanced offensive attack. 10 peloton members scored at least one point while the trio of Nash Palmer, Ryland Randall and Brady Crouch led all scorers with exactly 10 points. The Enterprise will face Parowan first thing Thursday morning in the quarterfinals. Wolves lost by two at Parowan but then got their revenge with an eight-point win.
“I think the boys were a bit nervous at the start which slowed the start but we increased it in the second quarter and got into a good position before half time. North Sevier fought hard in the second half to keep the lead roughly the same throughout the second half. We’ve achieved one of our goals of getting into the state tournament, now all we can do is go see what’s happening at the tournament. You never know what will happen when you get there, hopefully we’ll be ready to play next Thursday.
— Business Coach Bud Randall
Parowan 68, APA West Valley 59
Parowan’s defense got off to a slow start, allowing 23 points in the first quarter as they quickly fell into a nine-point deficit. In the next two periods, they managed to pull themselves together, heading into the final eight minutes with a double-digit lead after a 37-18 run. Brock Felder and Shaydon Benson did most of the damage for the Rams, the dynamic duo combined to score 51 points. APA-West Valley was led by Kasey Norris with 28 points.
“The team did a great job battling against a hot APA team in the first quarter. With a few tweaks at halftime, the boys played smart basketball and slowly took the lead. From there, they did a good job of managing the game.”
—Rod Murphy, Parowan Coach
Rowland Room 64, North Summit 61
Rowland Hall edged out North Summit with a strong first quarter. The Winged Lions took a seven-point lead, but a late Wolves push reduced the difference to just one basket. Eventually, the buzzer would sound and Rowland Hall would clinch their ticket to the quarter-finals. Ozzie Smith scored 21 points in the win while Trey Pace had 24 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.