The Taylorsville-Bingham battle in Region 3 prep basketball action Tuesday night was a far cry from last year's 4A state championship challenge between the two, what with no trophy riding on the outcome and some half-dozen big-billing players having graduated.
What Friday's game didn't lack was down-to-the-wire excitement, with Taylorsville handing two-time state and region champion Bingham a 67-64 loss in double overtime.Without the likes of Roberts, Nielsen, Browning, and the Tebbs twosome, neither team is quite as talented nor as-of-yet fine-tuned when compared to the squads that squared off last March for the 4A crown. However, the Warriors were able to enact a little revenge for last year's title defeat and also handed the Miners a rare region loss at home.
Taylorsville missed opportunities to win both at the end of regulation and in the first overtime - Kyle Green failed on a one-and-one chance at the line with 5 seconds left in the fourth period with the score tied at 53-53, while the Warriors squandered a four-point lead with :36 left in the first OT. Joe Borich nailed a game-tying 3-pointer with :05 remaining to knot the score at 59-all and forced the second OT.
David Gylling hit a baseline jumper and Green added a drive-down-the-lane layup as the Warriors went up by four in the first 90 seconds of the second three-minute OT. They added another three points on free throws by Green and Alan Crockett, with Borich's three-point play for Bingham making it 66-62 with :34 left. Taylorsville added a FT and Bingham a buzzer-beat basket for the final 67-64 score.
Initially, the OT affair looked like the making of a Miner rout, with Bingham jumping out to an 18-8 lead after the first period and a 27-12 margin in the second. However, Taylorsville ended the first half with a 9-2 spurt, drawing to within 29-21.
The Warriors edged their way closer in the third period, with Green scoring at the line and guard Scott DeBenedictis slashing his way for driving layups. But every time Taylorsville came within two or three points, Bingham held off the challenge - frequently by 6-foot-7 Jeremy Crump, who was active underneath and created additional opportunities at the FT line.
Down 45-43 to start the final period, the Warriors tied the game at 46 and 48 before taking a 50-48 lead as the 5-9 DeBenedictis took a lofty alley-oop pass for a layup. He later made for a 53-51 lead with a left-wing trey with 2:10 remaining, but Chad Newman tied it with a jumper at the 1:30 mark. The Warriors then held the ball for a last shot, drew the foul and then failed at the line.
DeBenedictis and Gylling tied for team-high honors with 16 points apiece, while Green added 15 more, including 11-of-16 from the line. Crump had a game-high 21 points for Bingham, while Borrich contributed 17 and Newman 12.
Both Taylorsville and Bingham are now 1-1 in the league.
Hunter 57, Kearns 55: The Wolverines claimed their first league victory and evened their region record to 1-1, as Brandon Goates tallied 13 points and Andrew Sweat 12. Hunter outscored Kearns 23-9 in the second period for a 32-19 halftime lead, holding on for the two-point triumph despite being outscored 25-15 in the final quarter. Kearns, which dropped to 0-2, was paced by Travis Howard's 14 points.
West Jordan 72, Granger 58: Outscoring the Lancers 17-8 in the first period and 21-12 in the third, the Jaguars improved to 2-0 in league play. Jason Rowland canned a trio of treys and scored 15 points, while WJ peer Kenny Wamsley added 13. Hillcrest 53, Cyprus 52: Scott Clark's 3-pointer with 8 seconds left - his third of the night - helped the Huskies to a one-point triumph and a 2-0 region mark. Brian Kelley tallied 18 points for Hillcrest, while Clark finished with 16. Cade Osborn led 1-1 Cyprus with 15 points.
Murray 84, West 66: Jeremy Winget scored 22 and Joey Johnson and Matt Baker added 19 each as the Spartans improved to a 2-0 league mark. Chris Stepan finished with a high of 22 points for the Panthers, now 1-1 in the league.
Granite 64, Tooele 60: Richard Paul scored a game-high 24 points and Farmer teamamtes Stuart Roberts and Ryan Burn tossed in 15 and 10, respectively, as Granite evened its league mark at 1-1. The Buffaloes, with the same region record, was led by Shawn Walker's 17 points, while Marc Lawson and Todd Warner each contributed 15.
Jordan 69, Woods Cross 61: The Beetdiggers improved to 2-0 in league play by outscoring the Wildcats 20-10 in the final period, as four players finished in double figures. Hadden Fraser tallied a team-high 19, while Ty Lombardi added 14. Woods Cross, now 0-2, was led by Mike Gurr, who canned three treys en route to 21 points.
Bountiful 73, Judge 52: The Braves broke into the region-win column - a 1-1 league mark - as four players finished in double figures, paced by Tony Jones' 22 points. Freshman Jeramie Martin led the 0-2 Bulldogs with 15 points.
Intermountain Christian 77, Salt Lake Lutheran 63: The Lions remained unbeaten in division play with a 2-0 mark, as Jeremy Heiser scored 20 points and Rob Matlak added 17. Dan Herrmann and Andy Whaley tied for team-high honors with 18 apiece for the 0-2 Lynx.
Brighton 60, Orem 58: The Bengals snapped a two-loss skid with a road victory, as Derrick Welling scored 19 and Alex Fisher hit three 3s en route to 15 points. Led by Cameron Johnson's 16 points, the Tigers outscored the visitors 15-9 in the fourth quarter but missed some crucial free throws down the stretch.
Cottonwood 62, Mountain View 60: Seth Miller scored 20 and Justin Weidauer 19 as the Colts held off a fourth-quarter surge by the host Bruins. Led by Ryan Lewis' 18 points, Mountain View outscored Cottonwood 16-12 in the final quarter, but Lewis missed a one-and-one opportunity at the line in the closing seconds that could have tied it.
Ogden 101, Clearfield 81: In a run-and-gun non-region affair that featured a combined 17 3-pointers, the Ogden frontline duo of Tramyne Watson and Brandon Parker scored 31 and 21 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Neal Geddes hit four and Sheddric Mickles three of the Tigers' 10 total treys.
Deseret News Coaches Poll
Five coaches from each classification - with each region represented by at least one coach - comprise the selection board. Five points are awarded for each first-place vote, four for a second, three for a third, etc.
Rank Record Pts.
1. Davis (6-0) 19
2. Bonneville (6-0) 17
(tie) Cottonwood (5-1) 17
4. Timpview (7-0) 13
5. Hillcrest (5-1) 8
Others receiving votes: Brighton
1. Spanish Fork (7-1) 23
2. Ogden (4-1) 22
3. Mountain Crest (4-2) 13
4. Sky View (5-1) 10
5. Ben Lomond (3-4) 2
(tie) Payson (4-2) 2
Others receiving votes: Bear River, Jordan, Springville
1. North Sevier (4-0) 24
2. Hurricane (2-0) 16
(tie) South Summit (3-2) 16
4. North Sanpete (2-1) 11
5. Morgan (3-1) 3
(tie) Richfield (4-2) 3
Others receiving votes: San Juan
1. Piute (7-1) 24
2. Green River (3-1) 20
3. Tabiona (5-1) 10
4. Panguitch (1-2) 9
5. Rowland Hall (5-1) 7
Others receiving votes: North Summit, Parowan, Wayne
Note: Overall records do not include Tuesday's results.