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4A boys basketball state tournament capsules

Published: Saturday, Feb. 25 2012 10:21 p.m. MST

#1 DeSean Miller, Sr., Guard (13.2 ppg)

#5 Garrett England, Jr., Forward (10.4 ppg)

#3 Clint Berhow, Sr., Forward (7.2 ppg)

#33 Mike Staes, Sr., Forward (6.1 ppg)

#12 Scott Anderson, Sr., Guard (5.1 ppg)

Scoring offense: 50.3 ppg (21st in 4A)

Scoring defense: 47.6 ppg (3rd in 4A)

Last state championship: 1977

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Sky View in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: Was a victory away from earning a share of the Region 7 title, but losing to Herriman in the regular season finale dropped the Eagles to the No. 3 seed. Skyline was looking like a legitimate 4A contender when it won at Olympus back in late January, but the offensive production hasn’t been the same since. Defensively though, it’s still one of the best teams in 4A, one when you do that in the playoffs you’ve always got a chance.

Springville Red Devils (15-6)

Coach: Chris Kitchen

How qualified: Finished third in Region 8 with a 9-5 record.

Playoff opener: vs. East, Monday, 2:30 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 51-45 win against Payson on Dec. 16.

Best region victory: A 75-74 (5OT) win at Timpview on Jan. 24.

Top contributors

#20 Nathan Israelsen, Sr., Forward (16.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.8 spg)

#14 Bradley Kitchen, Jr., Guard (9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg)

#21 Max Schreiner, So., Forward (7.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.5 spg)

#5 McKay Murphy, Sr., Guard (7.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.4 spg)

#3 Parker Brady, Sr., Guard (6.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 56.0 ppg (9th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 49.0 ppg (6th in 4A)

Last state championship: 1958

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Mountain Crest in semifinals.

Edward’s evaluation: Has the potential to be a true sleeper team in the playoffs. The Red Devils’ resume isn’t all that glossy based on quality preseason wins, but they’ve been in just about every game this year, including both losses to Orem. One of those losses was in overtime, when a missed free throws could’ve iced the game.

Timpview T-Birds (12-9)

Coach: Perry Wildeboer

How qualified: Finished fourth in Region 8 with a 7-7 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Bountiful, Monday, 7:30 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 56-55 (OT) win against Desert Hills at Dixie State College on Dec. 20.

Best region victory: A 50-43 (OT) win at Provo on Feb. 21.

Top contributors

#20 Rickey Shumway, Sr., Guard (10.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.9 spg)

#21 Taylor Roy, Jr., Forward (10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.4 spg)

#23 Dax Raymond, Jr., Forward (8.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.7 spg)

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