Cottonwood returned to the scene of the crime and seemed intent on turning a "face job" into a major fade job, but it was Brighton whose shooting turned invisible in the second half.
And what a way to open Region 2 prep baskeball action Friday night - top-ranked Cottonwood 50, Brighton 39.The last time that the Colts visited the Bengals' homecourt, Cottonwood suffered a region-finale loss that, coupled with some forfeit losses, cost the Colts the 1990 league title. So the new region season started on a different note for both teams.
And with all the all-star names like Weidauer, Fisher and Welling, wouldn't you know that a couple of little-known names - Cottonwood's Brad Miller and Brighton's John Liljenquist - would provide the spectacular outside shooting. The three treys by Brad Miller (11 points) came quite timely for the Colts, while Liljenquist's 4 3s helped the Bengals to big leads in the middle two periods.
Cottonwood posted a 12-9 first-period lead, aided in part by Seth Miller's driving layup, which drew a foul, a follow-up free throw and some mugging by Seth Miller - seen palming his face for a TV camera under the basket. In yo' face - and film at 10.
But the face job turned fade job for the Colts, who followed their 5-of-15 shooting in the first period with a 1-of-8 effort in the second period, as the Bengals took a 25-20 halftime lead.
Brighton looked to push the lead to near double-digit advantage early in the third as the Bengals hit two of their first three field goals. But they made only 1-of-8 the rest of the period and 1-of-14 in the final period while managing only seven points in each of the two final periods.
Cottonwood regained the lead late in the third period and took it for good early in the fourth, as two Justin Weidauer FTs and a trey by Brad Miller gave the Colts a four-point lead midway in the final period. Weidauer scored seven of his game-high 20 points in the final two minutes, while Seth Miller added 15.
Alta 71, East 69 : The Hawks opened league play with their second straight OT triumph, as Ryan Bills finished with 17 points and Justin Barlow 15 - with the two combining for Alta's five treys. East was led by Josh Creer's 16 points.
Hillcrest 74, Bingham 71: The third-ranked Huskies overcame a 38-30 halftime deficit by outscoring the Miners 17-7 in the third period, as John Owen scored 23 points and Brian Kelley 19.
Granger 60, Kearns 55: In the battle of winless foes, the Lancers broke into the win column as Keith Sigmagna tallied a team-high 20 points. Travis Howard led the Cougars with 22 points.
Timpview 64, Mountain View 54: The No. 2 T-birds remained 4A's sole undefeated team as Matt Bateman scored 20 points and MV was held to single-digit scoring in the first and third periods.
Orem 73, American Fork 60: Tyler Nelson and Cameron Johnson led the Tigers with 24 and 21 points, respectively, as Orem had 20- and 27-point efforts in the final two quarters. Mike Hansen, Toby Adamson and Chris Bates all had 12 points for the Cavemen.
Jordan 72, Murray 61: In a battle of teams entering with 2-0 league records, Koy Lombardi scored 20 points (including 14-of-20 from the line) and Ty Lombardi added 17 (all from the field) for the Beetdiggers. Joey Johnson paced the Spartans with 16 points.
Woods Cross 85, Judge Memorial 57: Jon Wickizer scored a team-high 28 points and teammates Ryan Creer and Mike Gurr added 21 and 17 points, respectively, as the Wildcats claimed their first league triumph. John Yerkovich's Judge-high 23 points included a trio of treys.
Tooele 71, West 63: Marc Lawson's 31 points paced the Buffaloes, which overcame first- and second-period deficits of 19-8 and 30-23 with a 25-point third quarter. Chris Stepan led the Panthers with 24 points.
Bountiful 85, Granite 78: The Braves improved to 2-1 in league play as Jon Peterson scored 25 points Austin Lindsey hit five treys en route to 21 points. Granite's Dave DeYoung hit six 3s and finished with 22 points, while Richard Paul had a team-high 24 points.
Union 91, Lehi 74: The Cougars overcame a 29-26 deficit at the end of the first period, as Tai Riser's 43 points included 6 treys. Judd Kirkham led the Pioneers with 23 points and 4 3-pointers.
Pine View 68, Payson 60: The Panthers upset the third-ranked Lions in the league-opener for both teams, as Jed Christensen scored 23 points and Cody Webber added 16. Payson was led by Jerry Beck's 17 points.
Spanish Fork 85, Cedar City 49: The second-ranked Dons had four players in double figures - led by Robbie Reid's 20 points - in the league-opening win. Meanwhile, Cedar was paced by Garland Brinkerhoff's 14 poitns.
Juab 79, North Sanpete 73: The Wasps upset the third-ranked Hawks at home, as Todd Pay scored 29 points and Jason Bender 18. Russell Buttar's 21 points led North Sanpete, which outscored Juab in three of the four quarters - except for the Wasps' 30-13 second period.
Rowland Hall 66, Mount Vernon 63: Tom Kuhnel scored 15 points and Steve Harmsen added 13 for the fourth-ranked Lions. Marlon Denning led the Patriots with 20 points.