The state's longest current winning streak in boys' prep basketball just got one game longer, as South Summit used a second-half explosion of points to down Gunnison 90-44 in Region 9 action Friday.
The Wildcats - ranked No. 1 in the 2A Deseret News Coaches Poll - nursed a 31-29 halftime lead, only to outscore the Bulldogs 22-5 in the third period and 59-15 for the entire second half.South Summit's home victory marked their 15th straight triumph, including a perfect 12-0 in league play. The 'Cats haven't suffered a defeat since opening the season with back-to-back losses against larger schools in a preseason tournament in Cedar City.
Brandon McKee and Jed Frazier led the typcially balanced Wildcat scoring attack with 14 points each, while Don Richards and Charlie Hardman contributed 12 apiece. Darrin Higgins' 13 points led Gunnison, with the sixth straigh loss dropping the 'Dogs to records of 2-10 in the region and 2-14 overall..
In subsequent game summaries, teams' region and overall records are included.
Bonneville 77, Layton 55: Mike Porter tossed in five 3-pointers and a game-high 30 points for the Lakers, as Bonneville (7-3, 14-4) posted its fifth straight win and assured itself of a 4A tournament berth. Blaine Smith had a team -high 16 points for Layton (1-9, 2-16).
Viewmont 79, Clearfield 50: The fifth-ranked Vikings jumped out to a 24-9 lead after the first period and held the Falcons to another 9-point quarter in the third. Brad Bodily, Andy Jensen and Tyler Gledhill all scored 14 points for Viewmont (9-1, 15-3); Clearfield (6-5, 10-9) was without a player in double-digit scoring.
Cottonwood 48, Skyline 41: The top-ranked Colts (8-1, 15-2) ran their win streak to six games, while the Eagles (2-8, 7-10) suffered a loss that eliminated them from postseason contention.
Alta 82, Highland 80: The Hawks' two-point road victory assured them a 4A tournament berth, as Alta (7-2, 13-5) won its fifth game in its last six outings. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for Highland (6-4, 12-6).
Olympus 60, East 55: One of the losing streaks had to end and the other continue in this game, and the Titans snapped a six-loss skid while extending the Leopards string of losses to five and counting. Brett Buchi scored 17 points and Dan Gerber 16 for Olympus (3-6, 8-9), while kept slim postseason hopes alive. Jeremy Jaggi's game-high 20 points paced East (2-9, 7-12), which was eliminated from a tournament berth.
Bingham 94, Kearns 36: The Miners exploded to outscore the Cougars 20-6, 23-8 and 18-8 in each of the first three periods. Of the 15 Miners who scored, Jeff Nielsen finished with 13 and Drew Norwood 12 to lead the for in double figures for Bingham (9-3, 11-7), which has won eight of its last nine games. Robbie Taft had a team-high 10 points for Kearns (1-11, 1-16).
West Jordan 54, Taylorsville 47: The Jaguars assured themselves a 4A playoff spot and dashed any postseason hopes for first-year Hunter, as Jason Rowland canned four treys and a game-high 18 points for West Jordan (7-5, 8-10). Jeff Jenson's 13 points paced Taylorsville (7-5, 10-8), which has lost four of its last five games.
Hillcrest 75, Hunter 39: After an even 14-14 first period, the fourth-ranked Huskies outscored the Wolverines 19-11 in the second period and 42-13 in the second half. Scott Clark's game-high 18 points included four treys for Hillcrest (11-1, 16-2). Jared Ketchum and Sean Newell each scored 10 for Hunter (3-9, 3-15).
Cyprus 62, Granger 55: Cade Osborn's game-high 22 points included a perfect 10-of-10 from the line and Ev Matagi's 14 points all come from the floor as the Pirates (8-4, 11-7) won their third straight game. Rusty Brighton had 17 to lead Granger (2-10, 2-16).
American Fork 84, Pleasant Grove 63: The Cavemen continue to be the hottest Region 4 team of late, winning their fifth game in their last six outings. Chris Bates and Toby Adamson scored 18 and 16 points, respectively, for American Fork (5-4, 10-8). Rob Strasburg finished with 18 for Pleasant Grove (1-8, 9-11).
Orem 66, Mountain View 65: The Tigers held off a 19-10 fourth-quarter rally by the Bruins to preserve the one-point home victory. Steve Mackay scored a team-high 13 and was one of four players in double figures for Orem (6-3, 12-6), which has won five of its last six games. Jeff Eakins' 14-point performance led Mountain View (2-7, 7-10), which has lost six consecutive games.
Ben Lomond 64, Ogden 62: The Scots turned a 56-44 deficit to begin the final period into a two-point win by outscoring the Tigers 20-6 in the final eight minutes. Ryan Nebeker scored 19 points and Cam Quayle 14 for Ben Lomond (7-4, 10-9), which has won five of its past six games. Ogden (6-5, 13-6) had a 20-point performance from Tramyne Watson.
Tooele 85, Bountiful 83: The visiting Buffaloes outscored the third-ranked Braves 25-16 in the final period, dropping former league-leader Bountiful into a three-way tie for first with Woods Cross and Jordan. Shan Walker scored 24 points - including 8-of-8 from the line - and Marc Lawson added another 21 points to lead Tooele (7-5, 10-8), which halted a two-loss slump. Tony Jones hit all nine FT attemps and scored 29 points for Bountiful (8-4, 9-9), which had its winning streak stopped at four.
Judge 48, Murray 42: After 10 straight losses, the Bulldogs played the part of the spoiler by outscoring the Spartans 23-15 in the final period en route to their first league victory. Tom Kendall finished with a team-best 10 points for Judge (1-11, 3-15), while three teammates each scored 9. Jeremy Winget had 11 points to lead Murray (6-6, 8-11).
Woods Cross 62, West 59: Jon Wickizer scored 20 points and Ryan Creer added 15 to lead the Wildcats (8-4, 11-7) to their third consecutive triumph. Panther sophomore Chris Stepan tallied a game-high 28 points, including 13 field goals, for West (5-7, 7-11).
Jordan 51, Granite 48: The streaks continue for both teams - the Beetdiggers' win streak is up to four consecutive victories and the Farmers' slump is at four straight defeats. Koy Lombardi led Jordan (8-4, 9-9) with 13 points, while Pat McGrath and Richard Paul each scored 12 for Granite (5-7, 9-9).
Uintah 61, Lehi 48: Kirt Christensen poured in 24 points for Uintah (5-4, 7-12) as the Utes outscored the Pioneers 35-24 in the second half. Cole Cooper led Lehi (2-7, 4-16) with a 15-point outing.
Springville 59, Pine View 52: The fifth-ranked Red Devils (7-2, 12-7) ran their win streak to five games, while the Panthers (6-3, 11-8) lost for the first time in three games.
Spanish Fork 83, Dixie 79: Robbie Reid scored 36 points - including a half-dozen treys - as the second-ranked Dons snapped a two-loss skid by outscoring the Flyers 20-16 in the final period for the four-point win. Kent Cook added 11 points for Spanish Fork (8-2, 16-4), while three other Dons scored nine or more points. Trevor Coombs paced Dixie (3-6, 10-8) with 20 points.
Payson 88, Cedar City 78: The two-headed monster of Jerry Beck, Travis Parry and Phil DeGraffenreid combined for 45 points and 16-of-18 from the line to lead the Lions. Beck was 9-of-10 from the line with 23 points and Parry 7-of-8 with 22 points for Payson (4-5, 10-9), while Phil DeGraffenreid and Bryan Nielson added 17 and 15 points, respectively. Eric Blackner scored 23 for Cedar City (0-10, 6-12).