Bonneville High ended the two-year championship reign of Bingham Friday night with a 59-56 first-round victory at the state 4A boys' basketball championships at the University of Utah.
Meanwhile, Highland High pulled off the biggest upset of the championships thus far with a 52-48 victory over Provo Friday evening in the Huntsman Center.In other games Friday, Davis held off a gutsy Cyprus squad and Cottonwood had little trouble breezing by West Jordan.
There will be no three-peat in the 4A ranks this year, as surprising Bonneville dropped the Miners of Bingham, even though the Lakers were playing without starting guard Dave Sivulich who is still recovering from an illness.
That didn't stop the Lakers from taking an early lead and holding off Bingham for most of the game. In fact, the Miners led only once at 35-34 midway through the third quarter.
Mike Porter and Mike DeGroot each scored three first-quarter hoops, and Porter added five free throws as Bonneville built a 21-15 lead. Bingham started with cold shooting from outside and remained cold the entire first half, but the Miners came back to within one at the break when Jason Woodbury sank a pair of free throws in the final second.
Bingham took its only lead at 35-34 when Chad Newman buried a three-pointer with 3:30 left in the third quarter.Bonneville responded, however, by scoring eight straight points, four by DeGroot, and the Lakers led 46-41 entering the final quarter.
Woodbury's basket with 5:45 to go tied the game at 48-all, but again, the Lakers went on a run, this time outscoring Bingham 7-3 to lead 55-51 with 1:27 left. Jeff Nielsen's free throw and a rebound basket by Joe Borich pulled the Miners back to within one at 55-54 with 29 seconds left. John Braun sank a pair from the stripe for Bonneville, but Nielsen countered with a tipin to push the score to 57-56. Bingham had a final chance in the last five seconds, but two shots missed the mark and Jonathan Hall sank two free throws with one second left to ice the win.
Bonneville got 19 points apiece from Porter and DeGroot, while Hall added 12. Newman led Bingham with 14, Nielsen and Woodbury added 11 each and Brian Holker scored 10.
Highland 52, Provo 48
The Rams were outscored from the field, 21 field goals to 16, but Highland won this contest at the line. Trailing 20-17 at halftime, Highland took the lead in the third quarter and maintained the advantage from the stripe in the final period.
Only four Rams scored in the game, as Justin Scott and Quen Cannon tallied 15 apiece, Kerry Hicks added 12 and David Smith chipped in 11. The lead exchanged hands several times, and both teams shot nearly the same from the field, Highland hitting 48 percent and Provo 51.
The Bulldogs were led by Terence Saluone with 20 points, and Provo received eight apiece from Nathan Reynolds and Matthew Lohner.
Davis 59, Cyprus 56
Davis junior Travis Homer delivered a homer as the hero in the Darts' victory over Cyprus. Homer's free throws with 1:06 to go gave the Darts a 53-52 lead, and he scored the next four points to help Davis move into the second round.
Cyprus led throughout most of the first half, taking a 26-21 advantage into the locker room. The Darts broke free a bit when Bret Barton canned a three-point shot at the buzzer as the third period ended with Davis up 39-36. Cyprus pulled back to within one at 57-56 with six seconds left when Everest Matagi tipped in a shot, but Barton was fouled immediately and calmly sank both freebies for the Darts.
Barton tallied 20 points and Homer 13 for Davis, while Cyprus was led by Cade Osborn with 17 and Matagi with 12.
Cottonwood 53, West Jordan 35
The day's first contest was almost over by halftime, as the Colts held West Jordan to just two second-quarter points and won going away. Cottonwood took a 10-6 lead into the second period, but built the lead to 20-8 at halftime. West Jordan couldn't get anything going the second half either, as the Colts continued to build their lead.
Mathew Gronning was the lone bright spot for the Jaguars , as he hit three three-pointers in the second half. But no other West Jordan player had more than four points. Gronning finished with 11 points. Cottonwood had three players in double figures, Seth Miller with 18, Justin Weidauer with 13 and Brad Miller with 10. The Colts shot just 38 percent from the field, but West Jordan finished at a chilly 26 percent clip.