Three Region 5 teams reach 4A tournament’s final four

Ty Nielsen nearly got his wish.
After scoring 26 points to pace his Sky View boys basketball team past Olympus on Thursday, 62-57, and into Friday’s championship semifinals of the 4A state tournament at the Dee Events Center, the Bobcats’ stellar senior guard posed this question:
“How about an all-Region 5 final four? Why not?” he said. “Let’s make a statement.”
And hey, it almost happened.
After Sky View, the third-place finisher from Region 5, knocked off Region 7 champ Olympus in one of Thursdays four quarterfinal contests, Region 5 champion Mountain Crest turned back upset-minded Herriman, 52-47. Then Logan, the league’s fourth-place representative, kept the Cache Valley theme going by beating East High, 66-62, giving Region 5 three of the final four teams in this year’s tournament.
The league’s only representative to lose on Thursday was Roy, which dropped a 50-44 decision to Region 6 champion Bountiful.
It may have helped Sky View that, in playing the opening game of Thursday’s action at the Dee Center, a lot of Mountain Crest and Logan High fans were in attendance early for the Bobcats’ game and could be seen cheering on what is more customarily their bitter cross-county region rivals.
“That’s what sports is about,” Nielsen said. “It’s not all about just your team; you all kind of unite. It’s fun to watch the town and see Cache Valley unite as one and cheer for each other.”
Of course, that’ll end on Friday when Mountain Crest faces Logan in one semifinal showdown. Sky View meets Bountiful in Friday’s other 4A semi.
Asked if he’d be pulling for Logan and Mountain Crest in their Thursday quarterfinal games, Nielsen said, “Yeah, for once. After that, I don’t know.”

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