Nixon stays positive despite ‘haunting’ miss

SALT LAKE CITY — Dalton Nixon had every reason to walk right past the three reporters standing outside Orem’s locker room on Saturday. But he didn’t. He had every reason to feel unbelievably sorry himself after missing two free throws with two seconds left in Orem’s 44-43 heartbreaking loss to Bountiful in the 4A state championship. But he didn’t Sure, he admits the missed free throws “will always haunt … Continue reading»

Career night for DeHoyos sparks Pleasant Grove

SALT LAKE CITY — Hayden DeHoyos picked a heck of a night to score a career high. Riding a very frustrating cold streak, the Pleasant Grove senior came into Friday’s 5A semifinal having scored just one point in the past three games. That one point came in a first-round win over Layton, and in Thursday’s quarterfinals he posted a goose egg. “He hasn’t been on for weeks. He’s … Continue reading»

Stopping Davis star Jesse Wade key for Lone Peak

SALT LAKE CITY — Few guards come as potent as Davis junior Jesse Wade and no one was aware of this more than Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis entering Friday’s matchup between the two teams. Wade, who is committed to play for Gonzaga, has riddled defenses throughout the year with sharp shooting from the perimeter — averaging 17.3 points and just shy of three 3-pointers per contest. With … Continue reading»

SALT LAKE CITY — What if I told you Bountiful was led by Irish luck? No this isn’t the beginning of an ESPN “30 for 30” documentary. This is unadulterated fact. Devin Smith, a seldom-used sophomore reserve, is hard to miss on the deep end of the Braves’ bench for a variety of reasons. He’s 6-foot-6, which really isn’t that mystifying, with vibrant red-drenched hair and… He wears a … Continue reading»

Tough preseason schedule paves way for Orem

SALT LAKE CITY — After guiding the Orem High boys basketball team to the 4A state championship in 2012, head coach Golden Holt saw his team falter in the first round of last year’s state tournament. More toughness, he said, was the culprit in the Tigers’ early postseason exit in 2013. So he toughened up their preseason schedule considerably this season — and it worked. With Friday’s 61-46 … Continue reading»

Quick turn-around for Lone Peak not a problem

SALT LAKE CITY —- The good news for Lone Peak was coming away with an 82-79 double-overtime victory over Bingham late Thursday night at the Huntsman center. The bad news? A seemingly tough turnaround to play a tough Davis team the very next night. Fortunately for the Knights this isn’t their first rodeo. Far from it. Coach Quincy Lewis has scheduled many tournaments for his teams the last … Continue reading»

Sanchez shines in loss for Copper Hills

Copper Hills’ Preston Sanchez gave basketball fans a glimpse of what lies ahead for the dynamic sophomore point guard on Thursday night at the Huntsman Center. He scored 18 points and made 10-of-10 free throws as he nearly helped the Grizzlies orchestrate the stunning 5A quarterfinal upset of Davis. As the Darts mounted their comeback in the fourth quarter, Sanchez’s ball-handling and free throw shooting helped keep the … Continue reading»

Region 4 grind prepared P.G. for state tourney

SALT LAKE CITY — Going through the difficult, weekly grind otherwise known as Region 4 boys basketball apparently worked well as proper preparation for this year’s 5A state tournament. Pleasant Grove placed second behind top-ranked, defending 5A champ Lone Peak during the regular-season race. And with Thursday’s impressive 78-55 victory over Region 2 champion Alta, the Vikings find themselves in Friday night’s 5A semifinals. And who will they … Continue reading»

Zone defense works to perfection for Orem

Orem assistant coach Greg Sheide hates zone defenses. If he had his way the Tigers would never play zone. However, after Orem beat Kearns 48-37 on Wednesday night spurred on by a suffocating 1-2-2 match-up zone defense, even he acknowledged it was a terrific strategic move. “We were getting a kick out of it because he actually said at the end of the game, ‘I’ll never say it … Continue reading»

Injured Lindsey helping Titans from bench

SALT LAKE CITY — Even though his hand is casted and he is restricted to the bench, Olympus junior Jake Lindsey is still doing all he can to contribute to his team’s run through the 4A boys basketball state tournament taking place at the Huntsman Center this week. Two days after learning he had broken his right hand in practice and would therefore not be in uniform for … Continue reading»