Following Tuesday's slate of prep basketball, the playoff picture became clearer for some - Highland and Brighton were among teams clinching state-tournament
Woods Cross and Jordan emereged as the first Region 6 teams to claim two of the league's four 3A tournament spots. But, overall, the Region 6 mess became even more muddled, with just one more round of regular-season games remaining.
Former tri-leader Bountiful lost at home and dropped back into sole possesion - albeit a precarious possesion - of third place. Murray's road victory over Bountiful moved the Spartans into a tie with Tooele - a loser at home Tuesday - for the fourth and final slot, while Granite remained just a game back.
Region 6 returns to action Thursday - Bountiful at Woods Cross, Murray at Granite, Jordan at Tooele and West at Judge.
Included in subsequent game summaries are region and overall records for all teams. Regions 1, 2, 3 and 6 also have a brief summary of current standings and likely tournament seedings.
Davis 78, Layton 55: After outscoring the Lancers 17-12 in both the first two periods, the Darts did their biggest damage in the third with a 27-11 spurt. Dave Isaacson finished with a game-best 17 points for Davis (9-3, 15-5). Blaine Smith led Layton (1-10, 2-17) with 14 points.
Bonneville 65, Viewmont 57: The Lakers upset the third-ranked Vikings, despite scoring only four points in the second period. Mike Porter scored 26 points and Jonathan Hall 17 to headline Bonneville (8-3, 15-4). Andy Jensen led Viewmont (9-2, 14-4) with 12 points.
Roy 100, Weber 89: The Royals snapped a five-game losing streak. Weber is 3-8 and 8-11 overall; Roy is 3-8 and 4-15.
Standings, state-tournament seedings: Viewmont can clinch first with a win Friday over Layton; Davis is done with its regular season and is playing the waiting game, with the Darts a half-game behind the Vikings and a half-game ahead of Bonneville. Clearfield is certain at No. 4.
Brighton 65, East 60: After a 21-8 second quarter helped make a 39-24 cushion, the Bengals held off a late-game charge as the Leopards outscored the visitors 24-11 in the final period. Derrick Welling scored a game-best 24 points for Brighton (6-4, 12-6). Jeremy Jaggi topped East (2-9, 7-13) with an 11-point effort.
Cottonwood 76, Highland 54: The top-ranked Colts took a one-point lead into the final period and outscoring the Rams 28-14 in the fourth. Justin Weidauer scored a game-high 29 points and hit all 13 FT attempts, while Seth Miller added three treys and 23 points for Cottonwood (9-1, 16-2). Justin Scott's 13 points lead four players in double-digit scoring for Highland (6-5, 12-7).
Alta 70, Olympus 55: The fifth-ranked Hawks won for the sixth time in their last seven games, dashing the Titans' postseason hopes. Alta is 8-2 and 14-5 overall; Olympus is 3-7 and 5-13.
Standings, state-tournament seedings: Cottonwood leads Alta by a game with two games to go (Region 2 plays Friday and next Tuesday), but the Hawks have the tiebreaker edge if the two end up tied. Highland and Brighton have earned the other two berths, with Highland getting any tiebreaker nod over Brighton.
Hillcrest 63, West Jordan 50: After nursing a 26-23 lead at intermission, the second-ranked Huskies exploded for a 17-8 third-period advantage. Ryan Kelly scored 17 points and Brian Kelly 15 for Hillcrest (12-1, 17-2). Kenny Wamsley finished with 15 to lead West Jordan (7-6, 8-11).
Taylorsville 61, Kearns 45: The Warriors broke open a 23-all halftime tie by outscoring the Cougars 21-11 in the third quarter and 38-22 through the entire second half. Justin Thomas scored 23 for Taylorsville (8-5, 11-8); Robbie Taft's 13 led Kearns (1-12, 1-17).
Bingham 85, Kearns 48: The rout started early for the Miners - 18-6 and 43-18 at the end of the first two periods - as 15 different players scored. Barry Fuller tallied 13 points for Bingham (10-3, 12-7). Rusty Brighton and Chris Foote had 10 apiece for Granger (2-11, 2-17).
Cyprus 93, Hunter 55: The Pirates outscored the Wolverines 20-10 in the opening quarter and scored no fewer than 21 points in the three remaining periods. Ev Matagi finished with a game-high 22 points and Cade Osborn added 19 for Cyprus (9-4, 12-7). Sean Newell's 14 points were high for Hunter (3-10, 3-16).
Standings, state-tournament seedings: The five teams advancing to the tournament have been decided, but the order is still in question. Hillcrest is guaranteed first; Bingham leads Cyprus by a game for second place, with the two meeting Friday; and Taylorsville has a similar one-game edge over West Jordan for fourth.
Murray 67, Bountiful 58: The visiting Spartans jumped out early to a 12-6 lead after the first period and held off the Braves the rest of the way. Jeremy Winget scored 20 points and Brian Anderson 15 for Murray (7-6, 9-11). Jon Peterson finished with 15 to lead Bountiful (8-5, 9-10).
Woods Cross 79, Tooele 72: With the host Buffaloes leading 58-45 with 1:33 remaining in the third period, Jon Wickizer scored seven points in a three-minute, 14-0 run for Wildcats, who made 14-of-14 from the line through the final quarter. Wickizer finished with a game-high 29 points and Mike Gurr 24 for Woods Cross (9-4, 11-7). Shawn Walker scored 24 to pace Tooele (7-6, 10-9).
Granite 57, Judge 55: Down by nine points with a minute to go, the Bulldogs canned three treys in a row but couldn't counter the Farmers' follow-up basket with a missed layup at the buzzer that would have forced overtime. Pat McGrath scored 15 and Jeff Simmons 14 to lead Granite (6-7, 10-9). Tom Kendall finished with a game-high 16 for Judge (1-12, 3-16).
Jordan 78, West 53: The Beetdigger brotherhood of Ty Lombardi and Koy Lombardi scored 16 and 13 points respectively to lead Jordan (9-4, 10-9), which outscored the Panthers 42-23 in the middle two periods. Chris Stepan had 27 points for West (5-8, 7-12).
Standings, state-tournament seedings: Co-leaders Woods Cross and Jordan are now guaranteed berths, with the 'Diggers having swept the 'Cats in their two-game series should they remain tied. Bountiful can lock up the No. 3 seed with a win Thursday over Woods Cross. Granite can still tie for the fourth and final spot, but the Farmers must beat the Spartans and hope for a Tooele home loss to Jordan.
Grantsville 67, North Sanpete 63: The Cowboys outscored the Hawks by six in the final period. Jeff Ware tallied 25 points and Shane Allred 17 for Grantsville (6-6, 8-8); Dan Christensen and Jed Bailey scored 20 each for North Sanpete (7-5, 11-5).
Manila 80, Salt Lake Lutheran 65: The Mustangs built up a 41-16 lead by halftime. Jason Archibald and Jason Olson each scored 19 for Manila (5-6, 5-6); while Scott Parker boasted a game-high 21 for SLL (2-9, 5-11).