Cottonwood's Seth Miller continued his recent torrid scoring pace Tuesday night, putting in nine fourth-quarter points as the third-ranked Colts downed host Highland 67-61.
The victory moves Cottonwood to 4-1 in league and 11-2 overall, while Highland fell two games back in Region 2 with a 2-3 league mark, 8-5 for the season.Highland came off the blocks fast, racing to a 9-5 lead as Kerry Hicks and Justin Scott each sank their first two shots. The Rams turned to the inside game quickly, and it took the Colts almost six minutes to adjust. Cottonwood pulled back to within one at 13-12 when Brad Miller scored, but Hicks canned a beautiful turnaround jumper at the buzzer to give the Rams a 15-12 lead after one period.
However, as hot as the Rams were in the first quarter, they turned equally cold in the second. Hicks scored 11 of Highland's first quarter points, but his teammates began having trouble getting the ball inside to him. With Cottonwood's Miller and Jason Weidauer taking control on the boards, the Colts finally took a 24-23 lead with 3:03 left in the half as Jason Yocom scored. Weidauer made his third basket of the quarter with 1:43 to go, expanding the Colts' advantage to 26-23, and neither team could score again before the half.
Cottonwood broke this game open in the third period - or so it seemed. The Colts hit their first four shots, while Highland made only one of its first five. A three-point play by Weidauer gave the Colts a 33-25 lead just two minutes into the quarter, and that lead eventually grew to a 47-35 advantage with just over a minute left in the period after Yocom scored again. The Rams weren't finished, however.
Justin Scott and Joe Sheffield started the fourth quarter with consecutive three-point baskets, and the Colts committed a pair of early turnovers. Still, Cottonwood maintained a 55-49 lead with 3:50 to go. At that point, Quinn Cannon scored, and after Hicks stole a ball at midcourt and was fouled, he sank both freebies to cut the lead to 55-53 with 2:44 left.
But the Colts would let the Rams get no closer. Miller sank a free throw, followed that up seconds later with a basket, and Weidauer sank two charities to make it 60-53 with 1:40 left. After that, the game became a free throw-shooting contest.
For the game, Cottonwood made 27 of 50 shots for 54 percent, while Highland finished at 40 percent (21 of 52). Weidauer and Hicks each scored 26 to lead their respective teams. Weidauer also had 10 rebounds, while Yocom added seven boards. Hicks led Highland with six rebounds.
Viewmont 82, Layton 61
The fourth-ranked Vikings had little trouble with 1-13 Layton as junior Andy Jensen poured in 21 points and John Robison added 17. Viewmont is now 12-2, has won 11 straight and leads the league with a 6-0 mark.
Bonneville 77, Roy 58
Playing at home, the Lakers improved to 3-3 and 10-4, ending a two-game losing streak with the win. Mike DeGroot scored 22 and Jonathan Hall chipped in 15 for the Lakers. Nate Miconi led Roy with 22 points.
Alta 53, Olympus 51
At Oly, the Hawks kept pace with Cottonwood on top of Region 2 with a two-point win over the Titans. The Hawks trailed 25-22 at halftime but used a strong third period to move to 10-4 on the year. Olympus is now 2-3 in league, 4-9 overall.
Brighton 75, East 51
At Brighton, the Bengals moved into third place with a 3-2 mark after a convincing win over East, now 2-3 and 7-8 overall. John Liljenquist led the Bengals with 19 points, while Derrick Welling added 17. East was led by Josh Creer with 15 and Jeremy Jaggi with 13.