High school boys basketball: 3A boys basketball state tournament capsules

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 11:09 a.m. MST

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2013-2014 Schedule

Coach: Scott Hunt (1st year)

How qualified: Tied for first in Region 11 with 7-1 record, but lost coin flip to earn No. 2 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Desert Hills, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 50-40 win at Box Elder on Dec. 31.

Most important region victory: A 51-47 win at Grantsville on Jan. 15.

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#11 Parker Lewis, Sr., Forward (17.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg)

#10 Landon Cornwall, Sr., Guard (11.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.6 spg)

#5 McKade Mitton, Jr., Forward (6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#15 Stetson Summers, Sr., Forward (6.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 spg)

#4 Jared Olsen, Sr., Guard (5.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.0 apg)

Scoring offense: 59.6 ppg (7th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 53.7 ppg (8th in 3A)

Last state championship: 2009

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Desert Hills in first round

Edward’s evaluation: Three weeks ago, last year’s 3A runner-up seemed destined to win the Region 11 title, setting itself up nicely for a run at the semifinals and perhaps further. Instead it lost at home to Grantsville by 20 points on Jan. 31, a huge red flag heading into the playoffs. Facing a very stingy Desert Hills team in the opener, the Bears will need to be at their best to avoid a one-and-done playoff appearance.
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Saint George, UT

Region 9 is the toughest region in 3a and the will have a lot to say about the who wins the state title I think the teams down south are under rated go panthers

Payson, UT

People can say what they want about the supposed "Southern Utah Hex" when northern teams play down south. However anyone looking at the record of referee's and fouls can judge for themselves. One team in particular in the last tournament in Dixie had a record of fouls 38-12 and I am sure that there were others equally as lopsided. Please with this tournament use refs from northern Utah for the home teams and vica versa... and please let the UHSAA make sure that this tournament is called fairly. Let the players decide the outcome, not the referees.

St. George, UT

@ Dallas8

Southern Utah teams get bad referring every time the tourney is up North. The fact is that high school refs aren't very good and there are always bad calls just like there were last year at Weber State. I think the game you are referring to was a game in which the less talented team from up North tried to "muscle up" the better team from the South, which is why there was such a difference in the fouls. I doubt it was 38-12.

Payson, UT

If you are doubting the foul count, all you have to do is check the records for the tourney in St. George. Pretty sure it speaks for itself. As far as muscling up... I don't know what you are talking about, but thanks...

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