CEDAR CITY After a close game most of the way, Pine View pulled away down the stretch to defeat Canyon View 62-55 Wednesday night.
Up 50-49 with 4:50 left, the Falcons sputtered and allowed the Panthers an 11-0 run in the next three minutes, capped by three Louis Garrett free throws with 1:41 to go.
Canyon View made it interesting at the end, cutting the Pine View lead to 60-55 after a 3-pointer by Brett Lewis with 55 seconds remaining, but the Panthers held on, icing it with two Jordan Rex free throws with 20.3 ticks on the clock.
"It was a rough finish to a great game," Canyon View coach Jim Langford said.
"We just came together," Garrett said of his the Panthers' 11 unanswered points. "We knew we had to have composure and play with intensity. We were getting some open shots."
Garrett scored 21 points to lead Pine View. Rex chipped in 16 for the Panthers. Tyson McGrath netted 22 points, and Brett Lewis, who hit five 3-pointers, had 17 for the Falcons
Canyon View fought back from a 21-16 deficit with 2:26 remaining in the second quarter to lead 26-24 at halftime, largely due to McGrath's 13 points in the half. He scored all nine of the Falcons' points in the first quarter.
"McGrath owned the boards," Pine View coach Steve Melessa said of the Falcon forward's first half performance. "We did a better job on McGrath in the second half."
In the third quarter, the Panthers came out strong to build a 40-32 lead with 4:04 to go, retaining a 44-40 lead at the end of three.
Melessa was complimentary of the Canyon View's effort. He said his 4A Panthers did not assume anything would be easy about playing the 3A Falcons. Langford also felt there is no difference between the team's classifications.
"3A, 4A it doesn't matter," Langford said. "We've been playing these guys long enough. We've been in their region for a long time."
With the win, Pine View improved to 10-2 overall and 2-0 in region play. With the loss, Canyon View fell to 7-6 overall and 2-1 in region.