Vikings pull away from Pioneers 79-66 in Regon 4 game

By Kent Allen

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014 6:20 p.m. MST

PLEASANT GROVE — Forrest Pincock's hot long-range shooting led Pleasant Grove to a 79-66 victory over Lehi on Tuesday.

Midway through the first period, Lehi had the lead — up six points — until senior guard Forrest Pincock hit two of his seven treys in the game and the Vikings found a rhythm that helped them take the lead at the end of the first period, 17-16.

"I believe Pincock's treys tied a school record tonight for treys during a regular game," said Viking head coach Randy McAllister.

Neither team was able to take control of the game during the first half as they went into the locker room tied at 34-34. Just two minutes into the second period, Lehi freshman forward Marcus Draney collided with Viking junior Riley Court, knocking Court to the floor. Court tried to get up, but fell back and had to be escorted off the floor.

"Riley is one of our floor generals, he keeps us together and focused," McAllister said. "When he is off the floor, we lose our poise and rhythm. It takes time to get it back."

Court was not gone long, returning to the game with just under one minute to play in the half.

During his absence the Viking student body tried to fill the gap with a loud and intensive support, providing a strong sixth-man presence.

With Pleasant Grove at full strength in the second half and the home crowd backing them up, senior forward Matt Conway, who had 13 points in the first half, added another 14 points for the Vikings in the second half. The Vikings made some defensive adjustments to better handle Lehi's offensive schemes that proved effective.

"We did give them some problems for awhile, but the same old broken record, we just can't stop anything on the inside," Lehi head coach Bob Barnes noted after the game.

"It seems like anyone who comes here to play, usually plays a great game," said McAllister. "I think that any one of the teams in our region could play in any other region and make it to the playoffs with winning records. Our region is just tough."

"I'm proud of our kids and their teamwork. We keep on winning because they work at it and want it," McAllister continued.

For the Pioneers, sophomore Tanner Nygren led the scoring with 20 points. Senior Derik Beeston and junior Jacob Barnes each contributed 16 points in the losing effort.

The Viking's leading scorer and high man on the floor was Conway with 27 points to go with Pincock's 23, 21 of which came from beyond the arc. Senior Nate Diderickson added nine points.

Lehi is 1-6 region record and 5-12 overall. Pleasant Grove is in second place in region 4 with a 6-1 region record and is 16-2 overall.

Lehi will host Riverton on Friday, at 7 p.m. Pleasant Grove has a Friday bye and will resume play next Tuesday at Riverton at 7 p.m.

Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and covers Pleasant Grove High School Varsity sports for Deseret Connect.

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