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OREM — Mountain View used good pressure defense in the second half and some clutch foul shooting late to open region play on a high note, beating rival Timpview 46-39. Timpview is the bully of Region 8 most years, making the Bruins victory an important statement to open region play.
"Timpview is a great team and any win over them is always a big win for us," said coach Andrew Blanchard. "There's a rivalry there, but it was real important for us to start our region play with a win — and we did that."
The Bruins got off to a quick start, scoring the game's first eight points with point guard Jantzen Adams contributing two early 3-pointers. They then went the final four minutes of the first quarter scoreless, however, as Timpview ripped off 11 straight points to end the period up 11-8.
The Thunderbirds' run continued into the second quarter with a 10-2 scoring run to build a 21-10 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the half. They increased that lead to 26-12 before Bruin guard Kalin Curran hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to bring his team to within 11.
"We were a little rattled coming out there in the first half," said Blanchard. "Their defense was telling us what we could do offensively, so we went into halftime and talked about doing the same thing to them."
Specifically, the Bruins implemented more full-court pressure which took the Thunderbirds off-guard, changing the tempo and closing the gap to just 33-30 at the end of the third quarter.
They continued that pressure into the final quarter, retaking the lead at 36-33 after a 3-pointer by Curran with 5:54 remaining. They never relinquished that lead, taking the 46-39 win as students rushed the court after the final buzzer sounded.
Key to the turnaround in the second half was the play of forward Brenden Abbott. Abbott scored all 17 of his points during the second half, including four straight foul shots with under a minute remaining to secure the win.
"I was very happy with how we responded after the half," said Blanchard. "We're excited because Timpview is such a quality team. Guys hit big shots and it was a complete team effort which is what you want."
Abbott's 17 points led Mountain View with Curran and Adams adding 10 and nine points respectively on the night. Timpview was led by Ricky Shumway, Dax Raymond and Josh Espinoza, who had nine points a piece.
With the win, Mountain View moves to 4-4 on the year and takes on Provo on Jan. 10. With the loss, Timpview is now 5-3 and next takes on Maple Mountain.