CEDAR CITY A dismal Canyon View shooting performance and a tough Snow Canyon inside presence led to a 43-34 Warriors win on Wednesday night.
Snow Canyon built a 24-14 halftime lead and never looked back. The closest Canyon View came in the second half was nine points, 37-28, after a Brett Lewis three-point play with 2:51 remaining in the game.
The biggest factor for the Warriors was 6-foot-8 big man Seth Weinheimer, who swatted away six Falcon shot attempts, grabbed nine rebounds and scored five points.
"We overmatched them with Weinheimer," Snow Canyon coach James Brown said. "The inside presence was there for us. Seth causes some problems down there."
"It was tough to compete with them size-wise," Canyon View coach Jim Langford said of Snow Canyon's height advantage, pointing out that the Falcons' tallest players are 6-5.
Warrior Dalton Groskreutz scored a game-high 13 points, nine of them in the second half.
"Dalton kind of took over," Langford said of Groskreutz's second-half performance. Groskreutz scored most of his points from the left wing, Langford said, the same area where Pine View's Louis Garrett scored most of his 21 points to put the Falcons away last week. Kurt Henderson added nine points for the Warriors.
Canyon View had a hard time in the paint, missing one high-percentage shot after another. The Falcons also did not perform well from behind the arc, hitting only one trey, which is one of their usual strengths.
"They didn't have the 3-ball," Brown explained. "We concentrated on stopping the 3. I was really pleased with our perimeter defense."
Brown was also pleased that the Warriors shut down the Falcons' Tyson McGrath, holding him to only six points when he has averaged 19.5 points per game this season. Brett Lewis scored nine points to lead Canyon View. Robert Evans and Wacey Jorgenson netted six apiece for the Falcons.
Snow Canyon built a 19-9 lead halfway through the second quarter and Canyon View outscored them the rest of the game by one point. This early lead was the Falcons' undoing.
"You can't give a team like that a spurt," Langford said.
The win improved Snow Canyon's record to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in region play, keeping pace with Pine View's unbeaten record among the Region 9 4A teams. Canyon View drops to 7-8 overall, 2-3 in region with the loss.