High school sports: Basketball, boys soccer roundup for Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Tom Smart, Deseret News
VALLEY 54, LAYTON CHRISTIAN 41: DJ Riffle scored 17 points and Chance Spencer added 16 as Valley upset tournament-favorite Layton Christian with the impressive first-round victory against Layton Christian. Valley won a play-in game against West Ridge the night before to officially qualify for the 16-team 1A field. The Buffaloes led by seven entering the fourth quarter and pulled away late from the free-throw line. They made 19 of 29 free throws compared to just 3 of 11 for Layton Christian.
BRYCE VALLEY 87, PINNACLE 69: Hunter Mecham recorded 31 points and 11 rebounds and Braxton Syrett added 22 points as Bryce Valley pulled away from Pinnacle with a strong third quarter. Bryce Valley was sensational from the line shooting 24 of 26, and it was great from the field as well shooting 58 percent. Pinnacle was led by Taje Richardson's 27 points.
TINTIC 68, GREEN RIVER 57: Taylor Hurst scored 27 points, and McKade Holman added 13 points and a staggering 21 rebounds as Tintic knocked off Green River for its first victory in school history. Leading by five at the half, Tintic pulled away with a dominant third quarter, outscoring Green River 20-9.Tintic shot 53 percent from the field to offset 22 total turnovers.
RICH 66, PIUTE 47: John Acree and Skyler Argyle carried the Rebels in their 1A first round matchup against Piute. Acree earned the 15-point, 12-board double-double while Argyle added 15 points and 10 rebounds of his own.
TABIONA 71, ST. JOSEPH 66 (OT): Bailey Hogan led the Tigers with 18 points and nine rebounds in the overtime thriller.
DUCHESNE 66, ROCKWELL 40: Duchesne built a 40-21 lead on Rockwell in the first round of the 1A state tournament and cruised the rest of the way for the victory at the Sevier Valley Center. Braxton Spencer scored 20 points and Trent Roberts added 17 for Duchesne.
ALTA 49, WEBER 43: RJ Beard hit a huge baseline 3-pointer with 57 seconds remaining to give Alta a 44-41 lead, a lead it never relinquished in a quarterfinal victory over Weber. Beard finished with 15 points, all on 3-pointers, while Zach Rollins added 12 points in the victory. Weber led by nine late in the third quarter, but Alta pulled away by outscoring Weber 17-5 in the fourth quarter. Hayden Schenck led the Warriors in the loss with 20 points.
AMERICAN FORK 41, SYRACUSE 37: Ryan Andrus scored five straight points late in the fourth quarter and then Daniel Nyman iced the victory with two free throws with 19 seconds remaining as American Fork eked out the victory over Syracuse. The Titans trailed 37-34 with just over three minutes remaining in the game, but Andrus scored five straight to make it a 39-37 lead. Andrus finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for American Fork in a game that featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes.
LONE PEAK 84, DAVIS 50: No. 1 Lone Peak steamrolled Davis in the quarterfinals, outscoring the Darts every quarter to advance to the 5A semifinals. Talon Shumway was the surprise start of the game scoring a game-high 25 points for Lone Peak on 6 of 8 shooting from 3-point range. Eric Mika added 19 points for the Knights, while T.J. Haws added 17 as Lone Peak shot 49 percent from the field.
BRIGHTON 69, VIEWMONT 58: Brandon Miller scored 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, and Travis Devashrayee added 12 points and 10 rebounds as Brighton jumped out to a quick lead against Viewmont on its way to a relatively easy 5A quarterfinal victory. Zach Bernardo added 11 points and four assists for the Bengals, who shot 58 percent from the field in the victory.
PAYSON 2, UNION 0: Bat Bood Baatnar scored both goals in the shutout victory to open the season.
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