A nine-point swing in the second period was enough of a cushion for Brighton, as the Bengals upset the fifth-ranked Alta Hawks 59-52 in Region 2 prep basketball action Friday night.
After taking a slim 16-14 lead after the first period, the Bengals outscored the Hawks 16-7 to enjoy a 32-21 margin at intermission. Alta rallied to outscore Brighton 31-27 in the second half, but still fell five points short.Alex Fisher sank a trio of 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points for Brighton, with the Bengals' three-game winning streak giving them records of 7-4 in the region and 13-6 overall.
Alta, which had a team-high 16 points from Justin Barlow, dropped to marks of 8-3 and 14-6.
The two teams return to action next week as Region 2 completes its league competition with a three-game slate Tuesday. The rest of the state's 4A and 3A leagues either concluded region play on Friday or earlier in the week.
Both teams are bound for next week's 4A state tournament. However, their game's outcome solidified the seeding for two other league members - Alta's loss gave top-ranked Cottonwood the league title and top tournament berth, while Brighton's triumph resulted in Highland - an OT loser to Skyline - being relegated to the No. 4 spot.
Region and overall records are provided for the teams, as well as seeding assignments for the 4A and 3A leagues.
Roy 47, Bonneville 46: The Royals ended their season with a home upset against the Lakers, which had won six straight. Nate Miconi finished with 21 points and Phil Durbano 15 for Roy (4-8, 5-15). Bryan Dee had 11 for Bonneville (8-4, 15-5).
Viewmont 71, Layton 54: The third-ranked Vikings rebounded from a four-point first-period deficit en route to claiming the league title. Brad Bodily scored 16 points to lead Viewmont (10-2, 16-4); Antoine Freeland finished with 14 to lead Layton (1-11, 2-18).
Cottonwood 60, Olympus 46: The top-ranked Colts wrapped up the league's top tournament berth. Justin Weidauer scored 24 points and Seth Miller 19 for Cottonwood (10-1, 17-2). Brett Buchi led Olympus (3-8, 5-14) with 16 points.
Skyline 62, Highland 61 : After a pair of Kerry Hicks free throws had given the Rams a one-point lead, Trevor Clements hit two FTs with nine seconds left to give the Eagles the victory. Skyline (3-8, 8-10) snapped a two-loss skid. David Smith forced the overtime with a game-ending trey for Highland (6-6, 12-8).
Granger 63, Taylorsville 58: After leaping to a 16-4 lead after the first period, the Lancers found themselves tied at 44-all with the Warriors going into the final period - with Granger then outscoring its host 19-14 in the fourth. Rusty Brighton tallied 22 points for Granger (3-11, 3-17); Justin Thomas scored 22 and Jeff Jenson 21 for Taylorsville (8-6, 11-9), which has lost five of its last seven games.
West Jordan 64, Hunter 56: Down 37-32 at the half and 45-43 to start the final quarter, the Jaguars outscored the Wolverines 21-11 in the fourth quarter for the road victory. Kenny Wamsley led all scorers with 13 points for West Jordan (8-6, 9-11). Jared Ketchum had a team-high 11 for Hunter (3-11, 3-17).
Hillcrest 66, Kearns 55: The second-ranked Huskies wrapped up their league-championship regular season with ease. Hillcrest (13-1 18-2) takes a 10-game winning streak into the state tournament. Kearns (1-13, 1-18) suffered its fourth consecutive loss.
Bingham 76, Cyprus 71: The fifth-ranked Miners claimed sole possession of second place with the home victory over the Pirates. Bingham (11-3, 13-7) had Joey Borich with 14 points to lead four in double figures. Cade Osborn hit 14-of-15 FTs and ended with 36 points to lead Cyprus (9-5, 12-8).
Timpview 66, American Fork 63 : The T-birds needed to work overtime to down the Cavemen and earn a 4A tourney spot. Timpview (7-3, 18-3) won for the fourth time in its last five games. American Fork (5-5, 10-9) needed to beat the T-birds to force an extra playoff for the tournament berth.
Orem 64, Pleasant Grove 59: The Tigers wrapped up their claim to a 4A tournament berth, using a 17-7 margin in the third quarter to hold off the Vikings' 21-11 binge in the fourth. Cameron Johnson finished with 17 points for Orem (7-3, 13-6), which ended the regular season with a three-win streak. Darek Robinson hit four 3-pointers and Dan Schoonover a pair of treys as each scored 18 for Pleasant Grove (1-9, 9-12).
Provo 69, Mountain View 52: The fourth-ranked Bulldogs ended the regular season as the undisputed league champs. Provo (8-2, 17-3) used the victory to halt a two-loss skid. Mountain View (2-8, 7-11) lost its final seven games of the year.
4A tournament berths
Region 1: 1, Viewmont; 2, Davis; 3, Bonneville; 4, Clearfield.
Region 2: With one game remaining, Cottonwood is assured the top seed and Highland the fourth. Alta has a one-game lead over Brighton in determining Nos. 2 and 3.
Region 3: 1, Hillcrest; 2, Bingham; 3, Cyprus. Taylorsville and West Jordan tied for fourth and split their two-game series, with a coin flip required to determine the final two berths.
Region 4: 1, Provo; 2 (tie), Orem and Timpview.
Box Elder 60, Logan 58: The Bees used the home victory to earn sole possession of second place in the final league standings. Box Elder (8-4, 10-10), won five of its final six games. Logan (2-10, 3-16) ended with six straight losses.
Ben Lomond 73, Mountain Crest 68: Down by five points to start the final period, the Scots outscored the host Mustangs 16-6 in the fourth. Ryan Nebeker and Justin Wimmer each tossed in 21 points for Ben Lomond (8-4, 11-9), which is riding a three-win streak. Jason Lyle led Mountain Crest (5-7, 10-10) with 18 points and four treys.
Sky View 95, Bear River 73: The top-ranked Bobcats outscored the Bears 23-14 and 27-23 in the first two periods en route to the lopsided triumph. John Roe led Sky View (10-2, 17-3) with a 26-point performance. Shawn Hess had 21 for Bear River (2-10, 9-11).
3A tournament berths
Region 5: 1, Sky View; 2, Box Elder; 3, Ben Lomond; 4, Ogden; 5, Mountain Crest.
Region 6: 1, Jordan; 2, Woods Cross; 3, Murray; 4, Bountiful.
Region 7: 1, Emery County; 2, Wasatch; 3, Uintah.
Region 8: 1, Spanish Fork; 2, Pine View; 3, Springville; 4, Payson.
Park City 94, Morgan 75: Down 43-31 at the half, the Miners rallied to post 29 and 34 points in the final period and outscore the Trojans 63-32 in the second half. Zach Smith canned three treys and 26 points and Justin Christensen added another 23 points for Park City (4-9, 6-10). Wes Johnson had 16 points for Morgan (6-7, 9-8), which suffered its sixth loss in its last seven games.
North Sanpete 86, Gunnison 48: The Hawks held the Bulldogs to single-digit scoring in the first and third periods to end its losing streak at two games. Jeff Ericksen scored 21 points and Daniel Christensen contributed 18 for North Sanpete (8-5, 12-5). Jared Anderson had 10 for Gunnison (2-11, 2-15).
Grantsville 46, South Summit 45: Justin Keisel's game-winning free throw with :01 remaining gave the Cowboys their fifth win in six games while handing the top-ranked Wildcats their first league loss. Keisel finished with a team-high 11 points for Grantsville (7-6, 9-8). Charlie Hardman had 16 points for South Summit (12-1, 15-3), which had the state's longest winning streak halted at 15 games.
Richfield 52, Beaver 38: The Wildcats used a 32-20 second-half scoring advantage to rebound from its midweek loss to South Sevier. Ashley Steck hit 10-of-13 FTs en route to 15 points and Travis Christensen added 13 points for Richfield (8-5, 10-8). Ben Dalton scored 15 for Beaver (6-7, 7-10).
Millard 46, Delta 39: Rick Robins finished with a game high 21 points as the Eagles (7-6, 8-9) won for the fourth time in the past five outings. Mitch Anderson had 10 points for Delta (5-8, 7-10), which suffered its third straight defeat.
North Sevier 79, South Sevier 27: The third-ranked Wolves allowed the Rams only single-digit scoring in each of the four periods - 7, 7, 4 and 9 points - while wrapping up the rout with 34 points in the fourth quarter alone. Nathan Hallows scored 22 points and Ricky Torgerson added 20 for North Sevier (12-1, 15-3). No player scored in double figures for South Sevier (1-12, 1-16).
ICS 60, North Summit 58: The Lions upset the fourth-ranked Braves - on the road, no less - by outscoring the hosts 34-14 in the middle two periods and holding off a 30-point challenge in the fourth quarter. Neil Smith hit five treys and 31 points to lead ICS (9-2, 11-6). Jim Garfield finished with 25 for North Summit (10-1, 12-5), which lost its first league game and ended its winning streak at seven games.
Manila 85, Waterford 41: The Mustangs exploded for a 30-5 lead in the first period alone. Ryan Guest had 20 points for Manila (6-6, 6-6); Brian Watabe scored 20 as well for Waterford (0-14).