With a week to go in the regular season, nearly two thirds of the 32 teams to participate in the upcoming 3A and 4A state prep basketball playoffs have already earned their berths.
Of the 16 spots available in the 4A tournament, 12 teams already know that they are playoff-bound. And nine 3A squads have wrapped up state-tournament berths, with four of the seven yet-to-be-determined spots still open in the tight Region 6 race.Remember, all the 2A and 1A regions have their own postseason tournaments to determine their respective league's seeding for the state playoffs. Here's how the 4A and 3A seedings are shaping up:
Region 1 : The four teams have already been determined - Viewmont, Davis, Bonneville and Clearfield. Viewmont has a two-game edge on Davis and Bonneville for top, while Clearfield is a lock for No. 4.
Region 2 : Cottonwood and Alta are guaranteed a postseason, while Highland and Brighton have the upper hand in earnining the final two berths over mathematically alive Olympus. If Cottonwood fails to lock up the top spot by itself, the league's tiebreaker format gives Alta the nod over both Cottonwood and Highland, and then Highland over Brighton.
Region 3 : Hillcrest is assured the No. 1 berth, while the remaining four spots will be going to the foursome of Bingham, Cyprus, Taylorsville and West Jordan. The four are too close to call for order right now.
Region 4 : While league-leading Provo is all but guaranteed the No. 1 berth, Timpview and Orem are currently tied for second and American Fork is a game behind - and a game away from the region's third and final 4A berth.
The key game Friday is American Fork at Timpview - an AF loss gives the berths to Orem and Timpview, while Orem can assure itself by winning at Pleasant Grove. American Fork creates a two-way - and perhaps a three-way - tie if the Cavemen defeat the T-birds.
Region 5 : Four of the five spots are locked up, with Sky View, Box Elder, Ben Lomond and Ogden battling for order for Nos. 1 thorugh 4. A Mountain Crest win or a loss by both Bear River and Ben Lomond during the two-game week makes the Mustangs the fifth region representative.
Region 6 : Here's the messiest race, especially since the eight-team league only receives four seeds this year. With two games left to play, Bountiful, Woods Cross and Jordan are a game up on Tooele and two up on Murray - and West and Granite are two games back of fourth-place Tooele with a fraction of a postseason dream alive. The seeding and placement possibilities are too numerous to detail.
Region 7 : Emery and Wasatch have claimed two of the league's three berths. Uintah can be No. 3 by defeating Carbon on Wednesday, while a Carbon win allows the Dinos to force a tie for the final berth. Union can make it a three-way tie with if the Cougars beat Emery.
Region 8 : The order still isn't final, but Spanish Fork, Springville and Pine View have been assured the league's top three berths.
Payson is a game up on Dixie for the fourth and final spot.
Points: Spanish Fork sophomore Robbie Reid doubled his pleasure last week - earning noteworthy marks in both points and treys in two different games. Against Springville, Reid finished with four 3-pointers and 27 points; against Dixie later last week, he improved in both categories with six treys and 36 total points.
Those making or breaking the 30-point barrier included Grantsville's Mike Larsen (34 vs. Park City); Duchesne's DeLoy Brady (32 vs. Tabiona); Rowland Hall's Price Ellington (31 vs. Wasatch Academy); Bonneville's Mike Porter (30 vs. Layton); and Brighton's Derrick Welling (30 vs. Olympus).
Free throws: A pair of players were a perfect 10 - Highland's Justin Scott and Cyprus' Cade Osborn were 10-of-10 from the line in games against East and Granger, respectively. Bountiful's Tony Jones was just a toss away from similar results, hitting all nine of his attempts against Tooele. And Springville was 20-of-22 as a team in a victory over Spanish Fork.
Other FT sharpshooters included Brighton's Derrick Welling (10-11 vs. Olympus); Hillcrest's Brian Kelley (9-10 vs. Taylorsville); Payson's Jerry Beck (9-10 vs. Cedar); Manti's Mark Nielson (9-10 vs. Park City); Duchesne's DeLoy Brady (13-15 vs. Tabiona); Ben Lomond's Kim Hester (10-12 vs. Sky View); Alta's Ryan Bills (10-12 vs. Highland); Cedar City's Brandon Clark (9-11 vs. Dixie); and Whitehorse's Jimmie Clah (9-11 vs. Monticello).
Treys: Juab had a big Pay-day in its midweek win over North Sanpete, as Todd Pay canned four 3-pointers and Tony Pay contributed three. However, the Hawks' Daniel Christensen tried to counter the attack all by himself, tallying six treys himself.
Other top gunners included Highland's Justin Scott (5 vs. Alta); Judge's Jeramie Martin (5 vs. Jordan); Whitehorse's Kenneth Joe Jr. (5 vs.Monticello); Skyline's Jeremy Nevens (4 vs. Cottonwood); Hillcrest's Scott Clark (4 vs. Hunter); West Jordan's Jason Rowland (4 vs. Taylorsville); Pleasant Grove's Darek Robinson (4 vs. Mountain View); West's Kevin Easter (4 vs. Bountiful); Park City's Zach Smith (4 vs. Grantsville); Millard's Andy Monroe (4 vs. Richfield); Rowland Hall's Price Ellington (4 vs. Wasatch Academy); and Wendover's Colin Trammell (4 vs. Tintic).
Deseret News Coaches Poll
Five coaches from each region comprise the selection board. Five points are awarded for each first-place vote, four for a second, three for a third, etc.
Team Record Pts
1. Cottonwood (15-2) 25
2. Hillcrest (16-2) 18
3. Viewmont (15-3) 17
4. Provo (16-3) 10
5. Alta (13-5) 2 (tie)
Bingham (11-7) 2
Others receiving votes: Davis
1. Sky View (15-3) 22
2. Spanish Fork (16-4) 21
3. Springville (12-7) 14
4. Ben Lomond (10-9) 5
5. Bountiful (9-9) 4 (tie)
Jordan (9-9)4 (tie)
Woods Cross (10-9) 4
Others receiving votes: Box Elder
1. South Summit (15-2) 25
2. San Juan (15-1) 20
3. North Sevier (13-3) 11
4. Hurricane (10-4) 9
5. Juab (12-4) 8
Others receiving votes: North Sanpete
1. Green River (13-2) 24
2. Dugway (14-3) 17
3. Piute (14-2) 15
4. North Summit (12-4) 7
5. Duchesne (8-6) 4 (tie)
Panguitch (8-7) 4
Others receiving votes: Rowland Hall