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 Mansfield (12th year)

How qualified: Fourth in Region 10 with 2-6 record

Playoff opener: at Payson, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 52-50 win vs. South Summit on Dec. 4.

Most important region victory: A 63-56 win over Park City on Feb. 14.

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#12 Jordan Cushing, Jr. (9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.0 spg)

#4 Hayden Bunderson, Jr. (9.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg)

#5 CJ Baum, Sr. (7.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg)

#23 Max Mansfield, Jr. (5.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

#13 Brady McNamara, Jr. (5.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg)

Scoring offense: 48.9 ppg (18th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 54.5 ppg (10th in 3A)

Last state championship: 1967

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

Edward’s evaluation: The Utes only beat three 3A teams this season, but the last was a much-needed 63-56 win against Park City on Valentine’s Day to avoid a play-in game with Union. Uintah's reward, unfortunately, is a first-round game with Payson, and the Utes just don’t score enough points to expect an upset.
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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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