You can find plenty of differences: The old Butler University Fieldhouse versus the 23,000-seat BYU Marriott Center. The late 1950s versus the late 1980s. The championship game of Indiana's statewide high school basketball playoffs versus the quarterfinals of Utah's 1A tournament. A fictionalized film versus real-life drama.
But there's some admitted similarities between "Hooisers" and Green River's 66-59 triumph over North Sevier in Thursday's 1A quarterfinals at the Marriott Center. Coach Stan Parsons' Pirate players had seen the film a year or so ago and were mindful of the scene when Gene Hackman's coach-character measured the height of the basket and the distance of the foul line to show his Hickory High players that the Butler gym had the same dimensions as the Huskies' homecourt."The 3-point line is the same, the foul line is the same," Parsons told his players this week in Provo, as team members in turn kiddingly requested a tape-measure routine to prove it.
No need, as the Pirates proved it themselves Thursday, hitting 31 of their 38 attempts from the line, including 19 of 22 in the pressure-packed fourth quarter.
Oh, the Hickory-Green River similarities go on, with Green River High being one of the smallest in the small-school 1A classifiction with an enrollment of 67 students.
Now, Green River advances to Friday's semifinals, with the Parowan, Duchesne and Kanab rounding out the 1A Final Four.
Green River outscored North Sevier 21-8 in the third quarter, turning a 25-21 deficit into a 42-35 advantage. Lory Quarnberg scored all but two of his game-best 21 points in the second half, with teammates Richey Hansen, Gary Quarnberg and Greg Parsons also in double figures.
The Wolves were led by Brandon Keisel and Nathan Hallows, who scored 16 and 15, respectively.
Parowan 70, Bryce Valley 56: The Rams avenged an earlier loss in the Region 12 tournament to the fourth-ranked Mustangs, as the five Parowan starters scored all the team's points and finished in double figures. Bret Cranford led the Rams with 21 points, while Todd Feltner had a team-high 17 for Bryce Valley.
The Mustangs overcame a four-point disadvantage at the half to battle back and forth late in the third and early in the fourth. The Rams started to pull away midway in the period, eventually outscoring their opponents 28-15 in the quarter.
Duchesne 77, Enterprise 65: While it was a second-quarter power surge that knocked out the lighting for 15 minutes, the second-ranked Eagles shot the lights out in the third quarter by turning a four-point halftime lead into a 57-43 margin. The three-time defending champion Wolves pulled within four with four minutes to play, but a 12-2 Duchesne spurt clinched the win.
Despite the absence of frontcourt mate Alan Spencer (an injured knee in Wednesday's opening-round game), Duchesne's Jared Mitchell provided strong inside play with 31 points, while Jason Young added 19 perimeter points. Enterprise was led by Kevin Holt and Cam Robinson, who finished with 25 and 18 points, respectively.
Kanab 67, Piute 63: The Region 12 champion Cowboys held off their league peer T-birds, as Michael Bagley's game-tying shots were negated by player-control calls against the Piute guard. Jim Lyons, who finished with a game-high 26 points, gave Kanab the insurance points on a last-minute layup and a last-second free throw.
Piute's Jason Torgersen scored 22 before fouling out late in the fourth, while Bagley finished with 17. Kanab's Mike Dinsmore contributed 12 and Dustin Moore 10.
Altamont 74, Rich 67: The Longhorns survived a 31-point fourth quarter by the late-starting Rebels, as Ronny Marshall's 32 points included three 3-pointers and a 9-of-14 outing from the line. Roy Justice added another 28 for Altamont, while Rich was led by dual 14-point performances by Jay Wilson and Glen Smith.
South Summit 66, Dugway 52: The Wildcats rebounded from their opening-round upset loss and overcame a 9-of-23 showing from the line in Thursday's quarterfinals, as Jed Frazier canned all four of his treys in the second half en route to a game-high 18 points. Leading Dugway was Sandy Witkowski, who finished with 14.
Waterford 82, St. Joseph 57: While scoring 20 in each of the first two periods for a 15-point halftime lead, the Wilderbeests had four players score in double figures for the game, paced by Doug Lesh's 28 points and Brent Dunn's 18. Bob Probst also finished with 18 for the Jays.
North Summit 98, Whitehorse 76: Each of North Summit's 14 players scored, with Michael Brown tallying 20 and Chad Willoughby 14. Whitehorse sophomore Jimmie Clah scored 49 points on 18 2-pointers, a pair of treys and 7-of-14 from the line.