Bonneville may have returned its talented too-tall frontline intact for the 1990-91 prep basketball season, but Viewmont proved that it has the bodies - and the Bodily - to keep up with the Lakers.
Fourth-ranked Viewmont handed No. 5 Bonneville its second straight loss, as the host Vikings held on for a 51-49 victory Friday night in Region 1 action.However, the Bonneville faithful will be talking about the game-winning shot that wasn't to be - or at least wasn't allowed by the officials.
Viewmont had posted a 51-45 lead with 3:17 left to play, and Bonneville didn't seem to anxious to make up the six-point deficit any too quickly.But the Vikings went scoreless the rest of the way - two turnovers, and four missed free throws, including the front end of two one-and-one opportunities.
Bonneville slowly chipped away - a jumper by Ryan Webber and later a spinning 180-degree no-look-and-back-to-the-basket driving layup by sophomore Dave Sivulich made it 51-49 with less than 30 seconds to play. The Lakers eventually got the ball back at halfcourt with 3 seconds remaining.
The ball was inbounded and Mike Porter got off a 35-foot 3-pointer, which would have won the game. However, the shot glanced harmlessly - or so it seemed - high up off the rim as Viewmont celebrated a victory.
But the ball eventually dropped back through the hoop, and Bonneville players and coaches chased down the officials saying the basket should have counted. Meanwhile, the Viewmont contingent was claiming that the ball had, thanks to backspin, glanced off the supports above the backboard before going through the hoop, negating the shot by being out of bounds.
The basket wasn't allowed, and the Vikings had their 10th consecutive triumph, good for a perfect 5-0 Region 1 record and a 11-2 overall mark. Bonneville dropped to 2-3 and 9-4.
The Lakers feature a sizeable starting frontline in the 6-6 Porter, 6-6 Mike DeGroot and 6-8 Jonathan Hall - all back from last year. However, the Vikings have got the beef to do business with Bonneville - 6-5 Steve Edgley, 6-6 Andy Jensen and 6-4 Brad Bodily.
Porter led Bonneville with 20 points, while Jensen had 14 and Bodily 10 for Viewmont. Bodily also had several key rebounds and blocked shots and scored four points in the Vikings 12-2 run at the end of the third quarter that turned a 37-33 deficit into a 45-39 lead to start the final period.