High school boys basketball: Viewmont upsets Northridge to advance to 5A quarterfinals
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News
OGDEN — Viewmont played like a team with nothing to lose Monday night at the Dee Events Center.
The third seed from Region 2 — a region that went 0-3 earlier in the day at the 5A state tournament — the Vikings turned in one of their more consistent performances of the season against Northridge to pull off the surprising 56-43 victory.
“In all honesty this is probably one of our more consistent performances. Told the kids, 'Third season, we have no pressure. Nobody picked us to beat anybody. Let’s come up and see how long we can stay out here,'” said Viewmont coach Jeff Emery.
Thanks to the win, Viewmont has extended its stay in the tourney until Wednesday’s 5A quarterfinals, where it will face Region 3 champion Brighton at 2:30 p.m.
Viewmont trailed 26-25 at the half, but it got hot in the second half, outscoring Northridge 31-17 in the final two quarters.
McKay Johnson and Jarom Tye both scored 14 points for Viewmont, which shot 50 percent from the field in the second half, after just 32 percent in the first half.
Northridge, meanwhile, seemed to run out of gas after halftime.
Thanks to a 3-pointer by Johnson to start the third quarter, Viewmont opened the second half on a 9-0 run to take a 34-28 lead. Northridge never recovered.
A week after scoring just two points in the regular-season finale to West, Johnson’s 3-pointer was a huge spark for the Vikings.
“He’s really come along for us. I didn’t even start him the first game of the year, and then he started to earn his keep and he’s been a constant fixture for us the whole year. We’ll keep trying to do what we do to keep him scoring inside or outside,” said Emery.
After falling behind early in the third, Northridge tried to shoot its way back in the game, but virtually nothing was falling. The Knights finished the game 7 of 41 from 3-point range.
“Typically it’s hard to win from the perimeter, especially up here on the big floor,” said Emery.
Viewmont has had plenty of those off nights this season, and for a change Emery said it was nice to see some consistency out of his team.
“I don’t need to go to Lagoon for like the rest of my life 'cause I feel like I’ve been on a 2012-2013 roller coaster, because we’ve been good some nights and bad some nights. We’ve been good in parts of games and we’ve had games where we’ve struggled,” said Emery.
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