LEHI The final score doesn't exactly indicate how much of a fight the Pleasant Grove boys basketball team got from Lehi on Wednesday night.
The Vikings came away 65-56 winners behind big nights from LeSean and CJ Wilcox, but only pulled away in the last two minutes, and actually trailed on the scoreboard clear into the fourth quarter.
In the end, the young Lehi team didn't have enough ammunition to pull off the upset and remained winless in Region 4 play, while Pleasant Grove won its fourth region game.
"They're the best 0-5 team I've ever played," said Pleasant Grove coach Randy McAllister. "I don't think we're going to get many 20-point wins on the road. Whenever you go on the road especially in Region 4 it's going to be a dogfight."
The Wilcox cousins scored 19 points a piece, including 29 of the Vikings' 41 second-half points. Along with Pleasant Grove's other perimeter players, their quickness and ability to penetrate to the basket was what changed the game late.
In the final eight minutes, the Pioneers had no answer for drives to the basket and gave up a lot of easy layups.
"I think in the second half we just decided to stop walking it up and trying to run set plays," McAllister said. "I thought LeSean did a great job penetrating and picking up the tempo. CJ did a good job of driving to the basket more in the second half. It made them play defense more and got us to the free throw line a lot more."
Lehi got important performances from three of its starters. Its leading scorer was 6-foot-6 center Will Walker with 17. Tyson Henderson had 14 and Corey Smith had 12, including two three-pointers. That was enough to keep the Pioneers in the game, and actually give them a two-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Lehi's shooting touch went cold in the final period, however. The Pioneers managed only 11 points in the quarter and missed several jump shots and three-pointers.
Pleasant Grove jumped out to an early six-point lead in the first quarter, before Lehi clawed back and had cut the deficit to one by halftime.
The pace of the game picked up in the second half as the Vikings started to run the ball more. Behind some great post play by Walker the Pioneers kept pace and then took a one-point lead at 45-44 heading into the final period.
Midway through the fourth quarter Pleasant Grove went on an 8-0 run to go up by seven points, and then closed out the game on a 9-2 run to slam the door on a comeback.