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High school boys basketball: 3A boys basketball state tournament capsules (16 items)

By , Deseret News

Feb. 18, 2014

The 3A state tournament is back in Region 9 country this year as Southern Utah will host the final three rounds of the tournament after the first round is played at home sites. However, unlike past years when the 3A tourney was held at Dixie State and Region 9 teams dominated, a repeat of that trend seems unlikely.

No. 1 Morgan rolls into the tourney with the highest-scoring offense in 3A, while fellow northern schools Payson, Grantsville and Juan Diego are also capable of getting hot and making deep tourney runs.

All four Region 9 teams who qualified for the tourney — Snow Canyon, Pine View, Cedar and Desert Hills — have the potential to string a few wins together as well, and if they do they'll definitely have home-court advantage at SUU.

Here’s a team-by-team look at all 16 teams in the state tournament, and what to expect:

1 of 16. Bear River Bears (12-10)

2013-2014 Schedule

Coach: Scott Hunt (1st year)

How qualified: Tied for first in Region 11 with 7-1 record, but lost coin flip to earn No. 2 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Desert Hills, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 50-40 win at Box Elder on Dec. 31.

Most important region victory: A 51-47 win at Grantsville on Jan. 15.

Top contributors

#11 Parker Lewis, Sr., Forward (17.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg)

#10 Landon Cornwall, Sr., Guard (11.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.6 spg)

#5 McKade Mitton, Jr., Forward (6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#15 Stetson Summers, Sr., Forward (6.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 spg)

#4 Jared Olsen, Sr., Guard (5.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.0 apg)

Scoring offense: 59.6 ppg (7th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 53.7 ppg (8th in 3A)

Last state championship: 2009

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Desert Hills in first round

Edward’s evaluation: Three weeks ago, last year’s 3A runner-up seemed destined to win the Region 11 title, setting itself up nicely for a run at the semifinals and perhaps further. Instead it lost at home to Grantsville by 20 points on Jan. 31, a huge red flag heading into the playoffs. Facing a very stingy Desert Hills team in the opener, the Bears will need to be at their best to avoid a one-and-done playoff appearance.

2 of 16. Ben Lomond Scots (4-18)

2013-2014 Schedule

Coach: Ryan Wilcox (5th year)

How qualified: Fourth in Region 11 with 2-6 record

Playoff opener: at Snow Canyon, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 48-44 win vs. Ogden on Dec. 6.

Most important region victory: A 47-43 win vs. Stansbury on Feb. 14.

Top contributors

#23 Brenden Morris, Jr. (11.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg)

#1 Corbin Medina, Jr. (9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg)

#15 Anthony Hurtado, Sr. (7.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 apg)

#3 Chris Garcia, Sr. (2.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

#4 Javier Zambrano, Jr. (2.2 ppg)

Scoring offense: 41.8 ppg (22nd in 3A)

Scoring defense: 55.2 ppg (11th in 3A)

Last state championship: 1986

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Snow Canyon in first round

Edward’s evaluation: With just four victories, the Scots probably don’t deserve to be in the playoffs, but the depth in 3A took a big hit with the loss of Delta, Ogden, Wasatch and Spanish Fork to different classifications. Ben Lomond is the lowest-scoring team in 3A, which doesn’t bode well against a very good Snow Canyon team in the opener.

3 of 16. Cedar Redmen (13-8)

2013-2014 Schedule

Coach: Craig Cardon (9th year)

How qualified: Tied for second in Region 9 with 8-4 record, but dropped to No. 4 seed in tiebreakers.

Playoff opener: at Grantsville, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 54-53 win vs. Morgan at Sevier Valley Center on Dec. 7.

Most important region victory: A 60-57 (OT) win vs. Desert Hills on Jan. 29.

Top contributors

#10 Kordan Nielson, Sr., Guard (18.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg)

#33 Dustin Staggs, Sr., Forward (14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

#15 Kyle Wood, Jr., Forward (5.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.0 apg)

#3 Weston Bettridge, Sr., Guard (3.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg)

#34 Greyson Hulet, Sr., Forward (2.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg)

Scoring offense: 53.6 ppg (13th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 48.2 ppg (2nd in 3A)

Last state championship: 1995

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Grantsville in first round

Edward’s evaluation: Cedar has won six of seven heading into the playoffs, and features the second-stingiest scoring defense in 3A. In the first round, however, it faces Grantsville’s top-ranked scoring defense, which makes for a very intriguing opener. Cedar already beat Grantsville 50-43 at the Steve Hodson Classic back on Jan. 2, but the Cowboys are a much more confident team than they were back then, which makes Cedar a slight underdog.

4 of 16. Desert Hills Thunder (13-8)

2013-2014 Schedule

Coach: Wade Turley (2nd year)

How qualified: Tied for second in Region 9 with 8-4 record, but dropped to No. 3 seed in tiebreakers.

Playoff opener: at Bear River, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 64-49 win vs. Morgan at Sevier Valley Center on Dec. 6.

Most important region victory: A 62-58 win at Pine View on Feb. 12.

Top contributors

#22 Quincy Matthews, Jr., Forward (13.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 apg)

#23 Jordan Hokanson, Sr., Guard (8.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg)

#24 Taylor Houston, Sr., Forward (7.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg)

#0 Trey Tanner, Sr., Center (7.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg)

#3 Brycen Williams, Sr., Guard (5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg)

Scoring offense: 54.1 ppg (12th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 49.2 ppg (4th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Morgan in quarterfinals

Edward’s evaluation: With back-to-back wins over Pine View and Snow Canyon to end the regular season, Desert Hills is certainly hitting its stride heading into the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Thunder, they’ll be out of their comfort zone in the first round playing 378 miles away in Garland. Fortunately for the Thunder, their strength is defending, which should help if their shots aren’t falling after a nearly six-hour bus ride.

5 of 16. Grantsville Cowboys (18-3)

2013-2014 Schedule

Coach: Chris Baker (3rd year)

How qualified: Tied for first in Region 11 with 7-1 record, and won coin flip to earn No. 1 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Cedar, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 59-52 win vs. Juab on Dec. 4.

Most important region victory: A 69-49 win at Bear River on Jan. 31.

Top contributors

#23 Devin Adams, Sr. (15.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 3.2 spg)

#14 Devon Arellano, Sr. (8.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg)

#21 Dallin Williams, Sr. (6.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg)

#12 Spencer Lawrence, Sr. (5.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 spg)

#15 Tyler Colson, Sr. (5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg)

Scoring offense: 54.8 ppg (9th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 40.3 ppg (1st in 3A)

Last state championship: 1998

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Snow Canyon in semifinals

Edward’s evaluation: Grantsville is no longer just a football town. After winning only six combined region games over the previous five seasons, this senior-laden bunch from Grantsville has taken 3A by storm to earn a share of the Region 11 title a year after not winning a single region game. There’s no reason this feel-good story can’t continue making noise in the playoffs either. The Cowboys feature the stingiest scoring defense in 3A, and even though a very difficult playoff draw awaits, they’re certainly capable of making a deep state tournament run.
1. ram
Saint George, UT,
Feb. 18, 2014

Region 9 is the toughest region in 3a and the will have a lot to say about the who wins the state title I think the teams down south are under rated go panthers

2. Dallas8
Payson, UT,
Feb. 19, 2014

People can say what they want about the supposed "Southern Utah Hex" when northern teams play down south. However anyone looking at the record of referee's and fouls can judge for themselves. One team in particular in the last tournament in Dixie had a record of fouls 38-12 and I am sure that there were others equally as lopsided. Please with this tournament use refs from northern Utah for the home teams and vica versa... and please let the UHSAA make sure that this tournament is called fairly. Let the players decide the outcome, not the referees.

3. Ltrain
St. George, UT,
Feb. 19, 2014

@ Dallas8

Southern Utah teams get bad referring every time the tourney is up North. The fact is that high school refs aren't very good and there are always bad calls just like there were last year at Weber State. I think the game you are referring to was a game in which the less talented team from up North tried to "muscle up" the better team from the South, which is why there was such a difference in the fouls. I doubt it was 38-12.

4. Dallas8
Payson, UT,
Feb. 24, 2014

If you are doubting the foul count, all you have to do is check the records for the tourney in St. George. Pretty sure it speaks for itself. As far as muscling up... I don't know what you are talking about, but thanks...