Bountiful crashes glass in second half to spearhead win

SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Maxwell wanted to walk into the locker room at the half on Tuesday and rip his players for their effort on the glass. Facing an undersized Mountain View team, the Braves surrendered a staggering 11 offensive rebounds and only led 22-20 at the half. “They crash the boards for as little as they were,” said Maxwell. “I should’ve lit them up even more at … Continue reading»

In watching Pleasant Grove run Layton ragged at the Huntsman Center Tuesday night, it would’ve been easy just to assume the Vikings were savvy tournament veterans who’d been in that situation many times. Nothing could be further from the truth. Pleasant Grove has been notorious for first-round flops over the years, which is what made Tuesday’s 82-69 victory over Layton so satisfying for coach Randy McAllister. “I’ve had … Continue reading»

Twin Towers power Cavemen into quarters

By Randy Hollis SALT LAKE CITY — Doug Meacham, the American Fork High School boys basketball coach, has been blessed to have a couple of multi-talented big men, 6-foot-10 senior center Ryan Andrus and 6-9 senior forward Tyler Rawson, at his disposal this season. And nobody knows better than Meacham how vital those two “Twin Towers” have been to the success of the Cavemen’s program this season. Andrus … Continue reading»

Kletzl turns heads in Davis’ first round win

By Randy Hollis SALT LAKE CITY — If Elijah Kletzli keeps playing like this, maybe more people will start to take notice and the 6-foot-7 Davis High School senior will get a chance to play college basketball. Kletzli hit 10-of-12 shots on his way to a game-high 20 points, and he also pulled down 11 rebounds in the Darts’ impressive 67-37 victory over Herriman in Tuesday’s opening round … Continue reading»

Alta employs balanced approach in getting by Hillcrest

SALT LAKE CITY —- No star power. No problem for the Alta Hawks. True to form, Alta issued a balanced approach on offense to help get by Hillcrest 62-42 Tuesday night at the Huntsman Center. It’s an offensive approach that has worked well for Alta through the years and certainly helped in reaching the 5A state championship a year ago. “I’ve never been the type of coach who … Continue reading»

Masina breaks finger in Brighton victory

For about three or four seconds Monday night, Brighton forward Osa Masina had no idea a bone was protruding out of a finger on his left hand. The junior had just crashed to the ground after fouling a Taylorsville player on a lay-up attempt, but he didn’t immediately know what had happened. He calmly picked himself up and walked to the lower blocks to get ready for the … Continue reading»

Hunter’s Noah Togiai impressed at his future home

SALT LAKE CITY — Any Utah fans attending the 5A high school basketball tournament Tuesday briefly witnessed the possibilities with Hunter’s Noah Togiai. The junior, who committed to play basketball on the hill, put on a show in the Wolverines’ 55-47 loss against Copper Hills in the first round. The hybrid, ultra-athletic guard finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals despite relentless attention as … Continue reading»

SALT LAKE CITY —- Lone Peak isn’t all about college-bound stars TJ Haws and Frank Jackson — far from it. Throughout the year the team has received key contributions, and perhaps most notably from guard Zach Frampton, who may also he himself playing at the college level in the near future. “He’s a college player somewhere,” said Lone Peak coach Quincy Lewis following Lone Peak’s 87-60 win over … Continue reading»

Bountiful’s role players are making the difference

SALT LAKE CITY — Bountiful’s highly touted backcourt comprised of Sam Merrill and Zac Seljaas has been widely publicized, and for good reason. Both players, who have accepted Division-1 scholarships with Utah State (Merrill) and BYU (Seljaas), are electrifying offensively and instinctive on the defensive end. They deserve it. Obviously the duo’s presence doesn’t hurt, but it’s the role players —if that terminology is even an appropriate description … Continue reading»

From play-in game to quarterfinals for Highland

Highland, which topped Woods Cross in the Region 6 play-in game just to qualify for the postseason, stunned Region 8 champion seed Timpview 74-64 in the opening round of the 4A state tournament Monday night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Henry Morris poured in a game-high 24 points with three 3-pointers, while Brandon Warr chipped in 18 more and eight rebounds to power the Rams in the … Continue reading»