Maybe there is something to Region 5's claim of 3A prep basketball dominance this year.
Three of the league's five postseason participants - Sky View, Ben Lomond and Ogden - comprise three-fourths of the 1991 3A tournament semifinalists. The Bobcats, Scots and Tigers triumphed in Thursday's quarterfinals at Weber State University and move into Friday's semifinals along with Region 6 co-champion Jordan, which claimed a late-night victory over Springville.Meanwhile, Region 5's Mountain Crest was one of four first-round losers to remain alive in consolation play Thursday by eliminating league peer Box Elder.
In Friday's semifinals, Jordan (13-9) meets Ogden (16-6) at 6 p.m., while Sky View (19-3) takes on Ben Lomond (13-9) at 7:30 p.m.
Jordan 45, Springville 35: The fourth-ranked Beetdiggers used fullcourt pressure to hound the Red Devils into just six points in the first period and half that many in the second in a error-plagued nightcap contest that started after 10 p.m. Springville drew to within three midway in the second half, but Jordan kept the ball and the momentum with patient perimeter play.
Hadden Fraser scored a pair of 3-pointers and connected on 6-of-7 free throws en route to a Jordan-high 16 points, while Ty Lombardi added another 10 points.
Ben Lomond 79, Bountiful 70: The fifth-ranked Scots scooted in front early, as Justin Wimmer, Kim Hester and Cam Quayle each scored a pair of baskets for a 12-2 lead over the Braves. Wimmer finished with 17 points, as did BL teammate Nate Pohlman, who was perfect on all three 2-pointers, a 3-pointer and eight attempts from the line. Nebeker and Quayle each contributed 13 points each, while Chris Godfrey's 14 and Tony Jones' 13 were tops for Bountiful.
Sky View 59, Woods Cross 52: The top-ranked Bobcats and the third-ranked Wildcats were even at 36-all to start the fourth quarter and battled neck and neck with Sky View nursing a 50-48 lead with 2:38 remaining. The Bobcats then went on a 9-2 tear through the remainder of the game by hitting four of five FTs and continuing their strong play on the offensive boards with a pair of follow buckets.
Scott Jackson led the Bobcats with a 16-point effort - half of those in the final period - while Cory Wilkins contributed 12 and Shane Mecham shook off a thigh injury to add another 11. The SV threesome all but three of the Bobcats' 23 fourth-quarter points.
Ryan Creer paced the Wildcats with 15 points, while Jon Wickizer and Mike Gurr scored 12 each.
Ogden 80, Murray 59: Down 9-3 to start the game, the Tigers enjoyed a 18-2 spurt - featuring five Neal Geddes treys - through the rest of the opening period. Ogden had leads of 16 points over Murray several times later in the first half, but the Spartans battled back to within 45-44 late in the third period.
Tremayne Watson scored a game-high 25 points for Ogden, while Geddes' outside bombing earned him 21 points. Murray's Jeremy Winget inside work earned him a team-high 18 points, while Kevin Carlston had 14.