Two winning streaks collided Wednesday night when Rowland Hall hosted Dugway in a battle of two top 1A basketball teams. That collision produced offense to make even the Denver Nuggets proud.
When the dust finally settled, the visiting Mustangs had earned a 97-88 decision over the Lions, keeping Region 11's league title still very much up for grabs.Rowland Hall entered the game ranked third in the Deseret News prep poll, with a 10-1 record and 7-0 league mark. The Lions' only previous loss had been to 2A Park City. Dugway, meanwhile, was 7-1 in league and 9-3 overall, and had lost to the Lions in their earlier meeting. The Mustangs felt they were every bit as good as Rowland Hall.
Ray Wright was incredible, scoring 31 points to pace the Mustangs, who finished shooting 66 percent (40 of 61). Stuart Sperry added 25, Steve DeWitt 24 and Gene Buell 11. For Rowland Hall, Scott Nuismer hit 13 of 20 shots for 30 points, Mark Kuhnel had five three-pointers and 21 points, Price Ellington added 15 and Steve Harmsen 12.
In other prep action:
American Fork 94, Timpview 77: The second-ranked T-Birds were thrashed by the host Cavemen, who handed Timpview its second straight loss after 14 straight wins. American Fork led just 61-59 entering the fourth period, but blew past the T-Birds to improve to 2-3 in league, 7-7 overall. The Cavemen made 46 of 58 free throws, and were led by Mike Hansen with 19 and J.P. Stoddard with 13. Timpview got 27 from Richard Jackson and 15 from Bob Bearnson. Timpview is now 3-2 in league play.
Wasatch 51, Uintah 44: At Uintah, the Wasps ended the Utes three game win streak and improved to 4-2 in league and 9-7 overall. Wasatch trailed 15-10 after one quarter, but blew past the Utes in the third period. Craig Kohler led the Wasps with 15, while Uintah was led by Kirt Christensen with 15 as well.
Union 96, Lehi 67: The Cougars improved to 4-2 in league, 10-7 overall with an easy home victory over the Pioneers (1-5, 3-14). Union led 50-29 at halftime, and was led by Tai Riser with 20 points. John Chamberlin and Cole Cooper each had 14 for Lehi.
Pine View 56, Dixie 55: The fifth-ranked Panthers won the Battle of St. George for their seventh victory in the last eight games. Pine View, now 4-1 in league, edged past the Flyers (2-3, 9-5 overall) behind Cody Webber's 18 points. Aaron Hayden and Chris Kenworthy both had 11 for Dixie.
Mount Vernon 85, Tintic 60: The Patriots moved into a tie with the Miners for fourth place, both at 4-4, with a big victory at home. Sophomore Wes Lambson scored 21 points and Joe Warneke added 19 for Mount Vernon. Tintic was paced by junior Ryan Renzello with 31.
Wendover 66, Meridian 46: Out at the border, the Wildcats moved to 6-2 in league, 9-3 overall as Bridger Williams netted 24 points. Jared Stone led the Mongeese, now 1-8 in league, with 14 points.