High school basketball: 3A boys tournament capsules

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 9:37 a.m. MST

A year ago, teams from Southern Utah enjoyed a distinct advantage with the 3A boys basketball tournament being held at Dixie State College. It’s time for the north to enjoy a little home-court advantage with the last three rounds of this year’s tournament being held at Weber State.

That’s great news for teams like Morgan and Judge, each of who is more than capable of cutting down the nets next weekend. Even though the tournament is up north, and even though Region 9 isn’t as strong as last year, nobody would be surprised to see another team from Southern Utah claim the state title just like Hurricane did last year.

Hurricane didn’t qualify for this year’s tournament, so a new champion is guaranteed to be crowned.

In order of winning percentage, these are the 16 teams that qualified for the 3A boys state basketball tournament this year.

1. Morgan Trojans (19-2)

2. Judge Memorial Bulldogs (18-5)

3. Spanish Fork Dons (17-3)

4. Desert Hills Thunder (15-6)

5. Bear River Bears (15-7)

6. Cedar Redmen (14-7)

7. Snow Canyon Warriors (13-6)

8. Ben Lomond Scots (13-9)

9. Carbon Dinos (11-11)

10. Payson Lions (11-12)

11. Delta Rabbits (10-10)

12. Ogden Tigers (9-11)

13. Park City Miners (9-13)

14. Wasatch Wasps (9-13)

15. Dixie Flyers (9-13)

16. Union Cougars (8-12)

Here's a one-by-one look at all 16 teams that qualified for the 3A boys basketball state tournament

James Edward is the prep editor for the Deseret News. Email: jedward@desnews.com; Twitter: @dnewspreps

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Ogden, UT

Predictions People???? Game by Game...

Heber City, UT

The Wasps welcome an excellent Desert Hills team to the Nest. The Wasps are fortunate to have a first round home game. They accomplished this by winning 5 of their 6 last home games. During the last 6 games the Wasps are holding opponents to 43 pts/game and scoring 52 pts/game. The most comparable team to Desert Hills in Region 10 is an excellent Judge team. Judge gave the Wasps their sole defeat during the last 6 games. It was a Wasp home game. The score was JDG 45/WHS 40. Expect a similar contest between Desert Hills and WHS... low scoring and the margin of victory will be 5 pts or fewer. The winner will have to do the little things (e.g. solid foul shooting, reduce turn overs and manage fouls of key players and at key times). Because I'm a WHS fan and I can't divorce my emotions from the pick... I'm picking the Wasps by 4 points, 50 to 46... GO WASPS!!!!


Mr. Edwards you better go back and check the record books. Delta took state in 1972. They beat the Payson Lions 69-63!

Heber City, UT

I'm sorry that I missed the mark.... a two point margin of error is acceptable in the WASPS favor!!!! Go WASATCH!

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