High school boys basketball: Sky View finishes off Region 5 party in 4A first round
OGDEN — The Region 5 party at the Dee Events Center began early Tuesday with Logan's upset of No. 1 Orem, and continued well into the night as Sky View used a suffocating defense to demolish Region 8 runner-up Timpview, 78-58.
The Bobcats jumped out early and extended the lead every quarter in arguably the most impressive performance of the day.
"Sky View is known for one and dones, so I was happy to get out of there with the win and go onto the second round," said Sky View senior and Utah State commit Jalen Moore.
The win capped a perfect day for Region 5 at the 4A state tournament, with Mountain Crest, Roy, Logan and Sky View all winning.
"It shows that it's a tough region. A lot of teams are 5-5 in it, and people didn't think the region was that tough and thought the teams were struggling, but it's a tough region and I think that showed today when all four teams made it through," said Moore.
Moore led Sky View with 28 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. A year after scoring just six points in a 38-31 first round loss to Skyline, it was a very satisfying performance.
Sky View jumped all over Timpview early.
Timpview turned it over against Sky View's full-court press five times in its first eight possessions as the Bobcats raced to a 14-6 lead.
Sky View extended the lead to 25-15 at the end of the first quarter, and even though Timpview did a better job attacking the press in the second quarter, it still trailed 35-21 at the half.
Timpview committed 12 turnovers in the first half against the press, which led to 17 points off turnover.
The T-Birds cut the lead to 10 points on several occasions midway through the third quarter, but it didn't take Sky View long to stretch the lead to 20 with 6:42 remaining in the game.
"We knew that Timpview was a tough team and we needed to come out with pressure and try to get them to turn it over and that's what we did," said Moore.
That pressure defense helped Sky View crush Roy 70-33 in the regular season finale last week, and it carried that momentum into the playoffs forcing Timpview into 20 turnovers.
It also enjoyed a staggering 35-19 edge in rebounding.
With the victory, Sky View advances to Thursday's 4A quarterfinal against Olympus at 11 a.m.
"We've got to bring it out strong on Thursday against Olympus cause they're a strong team, they came out strong," said Moore.
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