Utah High School Basketball: Friday Game Ratings and Highlights
Alta hands top-ranked Orem his second 15-point loss of the year
Any questions about Alta’s standing as a 5A contender were put to bed Friday night, as the Hawks handed top-ranked Orem his second loss of the season in a convincing 60-45 victory.
The Hawks held the Tigers to nearly 17 points below their season scoring average in what was a stifling defensive performance from Alta, which underscored the importance of contenting every shot and limiting the chances of ‘Orem on the offensive glass.
Alta senior Jett Lundberg led all scorers with 26 points, followed by teammate, Mason Roberts, who scored 16 points.
Although Lundberg and Roberts jump on the Hawks’ scoresheet, head coach Travis Ohrn said it took contributions from everyone to pull out the win.
“Our guys are very selfless…they don’t care who gets the credit and they really care about each other and winning,” Ohrn said. “We had some guys that went above and beyond for us and I’m so proud of our team and how they competed tonight. We have a lot of guys doing a lot of things that never show up in the box score.
Ohrn also thanked the student section for their role in the big win, and said it was “a great atmosphere for a high school basketball game.”
Dixie wins match between 4A’s top two teams
The top two RPI 4A teams met on the field Friday night as the No. 2-ranked Dixie Flyers edged No. 1-ranked Snow Canyon by a score of 49-44.
Trailing 10 heading into the second half, the Flyers outscored the Warriors 32-17 in the final 16 minutes.
“So proud of our guys and the quality of our defensive play in the second half,” Dixie head coach Tyler Roberts said. “Our seniors Bronson (Barben) and Cam (Dyer) were huge down the stretch. The guys are just out having fun and it shows. Great victory for the FLYFAM.
Dixie junior Grant Carter had what Roberts called “his best offensive game of the season,” scoring a Flyers-high 18 points.
The loss was only the second of the year for Snow Canyon, which fell to 19-2 on the year.
Dixie improved to 15-4 on the season.
Payson survives scare in impressive win over Cedar Valley
Going into the game as the third 5A team in the RPI, Payson was hit in the mouth early by the Aviators, trailing 17 points at halftime.
But the Lions reacted and got back into the game to secure a 70-68 win over Cedar Valley.
Payson outscored the Aviators 21-8 in the third quarter to provide the momentum needed to close out the game in the fourth.
Cedar Valley had 12 shots from beyond the arc in the first half, but was limited to just one 3-pointer in the second half.
“What a game…So proud of our boys that they didn’t give up,” Payson head coach Anthony Mitchell said. “We told them (at half-time) that we had to play as a team on both sides of the pitch and that we had to do the little things better if we wanted to win the game. Everyone contributed and did their part to achieve this victory.
Miller added that if the Aviators can shoot like they did tonight, he expects them to make some noise in the state tournament.
Payson’s Isaac Wolfe scored a game-high 29 points in the win, followed closely by Cedar Valley’s Cole Roberts, who scored 28.
Layton ends Fremont hot streak with last-second win
Facing a Fremont team that had surged lately with wins over Davis, Farmington and Skyridge in its previous three games, the Layton Lancers played hard in the streak to earn an upset 52-51 win over the Silverwolves.
Layton’s KJ Miller scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning free throw with 0.3 seconds left.
Layton beat Fremont 15-9 in the final quarter.
“It was great to see our team take a huge step forward tonight,” Layton head coach Kelby Miller said. “Down five heading into the fourth quarter, we stuck together and got a much-needed victory over a team that had been on a roll before the game.”
The impressive win was the sixth victory of the season for the Lancers, who are now 6-12 for the year.
Fremont fell to 10-7 with the loss.
Jack Wistrcill cements himself in school history with Olympus win over Murray
Olympus senior Jack Wistrcill became just the seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 career points in the Titans’ 70-48 win over Murray.
Wistrcill scored 22 points on the night, hitting two three-pointers.
“Jack is a terrific player,” said Olympus head coach Matt Barnes. “He’s so good inside and out, and his passing abilities really make him tough cover. His work ethic and ability to coach make him so fun to coach – he’s got big advantages to go forward.
Wistrcill’s teammate Dutch DowDell also had 20 points in the win.
Olympus improved to 18-1 on the season and 9-0 in regional play. The win, coupled with an Orem loss, could be enough to move the Titans to 5A’s No. 1 spot in the RPI.