After two league games, Cottonwood sits atop the Region 2 prep basketball standings with a 2-0 record - as expected. Sharing the top spot with an identical mark is Olympus - totally unexpected.
Olympus claimed its most recent victory, with fifth-ranked Highland the victim in Tuesday's 72-57 Titan victory - on the road, no less.Even Olympus coach John Bowman is caught off-guard by the Titans' 2-0 success. "I'm pleasantly surprised," said Bowman, whose team struggled with a 2-6 preseason. Of course, the previously inexperienced Titans have not only matured but have also welcomed back formerly injured players Brett Buchi and Jason Straw.
"We have a 12-player team," said Bowman. "We don't have a name player - we have a group of individuals who work hard together. I don't think there's a one of them (Titan players) who knows how many points he scored tonight - or even cares."
Well, we'll break the news - Matt Wright scored 16, Straw 15 and Warren Jones 10 for the Titans, who led the Rams 32-22 at halftime.
In its first league game of the season, Highland looked like it would make its move in the final period, dropping the deficit to single digits at 53-45 with less than six minutes to play. However, the Rams went the next four minutes without a field goal and with a 2-for-5 free-throw effort, as the score ballooned to 62-47.
Kerry Hicks led Highland with 20 points, while Justin Scott added 16. Highland drops to records of 0-1 in the region and 6-3 overall; Olympus is 4-6 overall.
Included for each team is its region record and overall record.
Viewmont 52, Clearfield 51: Trailing 50-48 late in the game, the Falcons couldn't tie the game, missing the front end of a one-and-one opportunity at the line as well as turning the ball over on the subsequent rebound. John Robison's final two FTs sealed the victory for the fifth-ranked Vikings, who gave up an insignificant 3-pointer just before the final buzzer. Jensen scored a team-high 16 points for Viewmont (2-0, 8-2); Jason Dowdy finished with 16 for Clearfield (1-2, 5-6).
Bonneville 69, Layton 62: After dropping two of their previous three games, the formerly ranked Lakers posted early leads of 18-10, 35-22 and 48-34 at the end of each of the first three periods before the Lancers scored 28 points in the final quarter to narrow the margin. Sophomore guard Dave Sivulich canned six 3s and finished with a game-high 30 points for Bonneville (2-1, 9-2); Lance Dunkley tallied 18 for Layton (0-3, 1-10).
Davis 75, Weber 61: The host Darts took exception to a 42-41 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter and exploded for 34 points against the Warriors in the final period. Brett Barton scored 22 points for Davis (2-1, 8-3); Chad Howe's 16 points were high for Weber (1-1, 6-4).
Cottonwood 79, East 67: Justin Weidauer scored 24 points and Seth Miller added 20 as the top-ranked Colts (2-0, 9-1) claimed their seventh straight triumph. Royal Hansen and Nate Gardner each tallied 10 points for East (0-2, 5-6).
Brighton 64, Skyline 51: The Bengals jumped out to a 14-5 lead after the first quarter and held the Eagles to single-digit scoring again in the third period. Brighton (1-1, 7-3) was led by Alex Fisher, whose game-high 28 points included four 3-pointers. Skyline (0-2, 5-4) was led by Jaron Boone and Dave Edwards with 12 points apiece.
Taylorsville 32, Hillcrest 31: In the battle of patient, possession-oriented offenses, the third-ranked Huskies nursed a 31-29 lead going into the final period. However, Hillcrest went scoreless the rest of the way (Taylorsville scored three points in the final period), as the Warriors took the air out of the ball - including a successful stall the final two minutes of the game.
Scott DeBenedictis hit the front end of the one-and-one in the final seconds to give the Warriors the 32-31 lead. Hillcrest's John Owen drove, shot and missed at the buzzer. However, questions of whether Owen was fouled or not on the attempt were moot when the officials ruled that the shot came after the buzzer.
David Gylling's game-high 11 points were tops for Taylorsville (3-1, 6-4). Hillcrest (3-1, 8-2) had an eight-game win streak halted with its first defeat since a season-opening loss to Cottonwood.
Hunter 68, Granger 64: The Wolverines snapped a 51-51 tie by outscoring the Lancers 17-14 in the final period. Dan Hancock led Hunter (2-2, 2-8) with 25 points and three 3s; Rusty Brighton had 20 for Granger (1-3, 1-9).
Bingham 78, West Jordan 65: Barry Fullmer's 20 points was high of the five players finishing in double-figure scoring for the Miners (2-2, 4-6), who handed the Jaguars their first league loss. Kenny Wamsley's 15 points were high for West Jordan (3-1, 4-6).
Cyprus 70, Kearns 64: The visiting Cougars broke open a 29-all halftime tie by outscoring the Pirates 23-16 in the third period, but the Pirates countered in the final quarter with a 25-12 scoring advantage. Cade Osborn scored 28 points for Cyprus (2-2, 5-5); while Peter Alusa canned four 3s en route to 14 points for Kearns (0-4, 0-9).
Jordan 44, Judge Memorial 37: The No. 3 Beetdiggers trailed 10-4 and 17-14 at the end of the first two periods but tied the score at 24-all at the end of the third en route to the seven-point victory. Ty Lombardi had three treys and 15 points as the only player in double figures for Jordan (4-0, 5-5). Danny Nowicki's topped Judge (0-4, 2-8) with 14 points.
Murray 73, Tooele 70: After the Buffaloes scored 28 points in the third quarter to tie the game at 57-all, the visiting Spartans used a 16-13 scoring advantage in the fourth to pick up a key road win. Kevin Carlston scored 25 as one of four players in double figures for Murray (3-1, 5-6); Marc Lawson had 21 for Tooele (2-2, 5-5).
Woods Cross 71, Granite 66: After trailing 39-36 at halftime, the Wildcats won their third straight game by outscoring the Farmers by four points in each of the final two quarters. Adam Gurr led Woods Cross (2-2, 5-5) with 21 points; Richard Paul's 22 points were tops for Granite (1-3, 5-5).
Bountiful 71, West 64 : Behind the scoring of sophomore Chris Stepan and West's block of a potential game-winning shot late in regulation, the Panthers took the fifth-ranked Braves to overtime. However, Bountiful regrouped and outscored West 11-4 in the OT period. Jon Peterson scored 19 points for Bountiful (3-1, 4-6); Stepan's game-high 21 paced West (1-3, 3-7).