Boys basketball: Layton, Weber oust Northridge, Syracuse from playoff picture

Wednesday , February 21, 2018 - 10:13 PM

BOB JUDSON
Standard-Examiner correspondent

LAYTON — Heading into Wednesday’s games, math majors may as well have been holding think-tanks to review all the permutations and possibilities of five teams trying for the final three seeds from Region 1 in the boys 6A state tournament.

In the end, Layton took care of business, won its game and took all of those factors out of the equation.

Layton locked up second place and eliminated Northridge from the playoff picture with a late fourth-quarter run to capture a 70-54 victory and, as a derivative, split the season series.

“We knew coming into this, win and we take second,” Layton coach Kelby Miller said. “Playing ‘what if’’ is human nature. There was a possibility of a four-way tie for the last three spots. There’s no precedent for it in the region handbook. Our focus was on winning and don’t worry about the other stuff.”

Nerves may have played into it early, as Northridge (10-12, 6-6 Region 1) opened an 8-3 lead courtesy of Jake Hotchkiss, who had a 3-pointer, a basket and-one, and a baseline jumper.

But Layton (14-7, 8-4) closed the quarter on a 10-0 run with Truman Brown scoring eight points in that stretch.

“I think when you miss one, it gets in your head and I think that happened early,” Brown said. “We eventually got into a groove that was good. I felt confident coming in and once I hit a shot, I was fine.”

The Lancers led 20-14 after one, saw the lead shrink to 33-30 at the half, but expanded it to 48-39 after three.

Northridge crept back to 50-45 in the fourth frame, but the Lancers went on a 20-9 run over the last seven minutes to win going away.

“They were scrambling a little at the end because they needed a stop and that opened up the defense a little bit for us,” Brown said.

Brown finished with 14 points, including a pair of treys and 4 of 4 from the foul line. Collin Jeppson also had 14 points, Skyler Turner added 13 and Brooks Kokkola came off the bench for 11.

“Balanced scoring is the type of team we have. We’re at our best when everybody scores double digits and we have guys capable of that,” Miller said.

Matt Goodrich blitzed the nets for 15 points, including four 3-pointers, while Hotchkiss and Jovonte Wyllie netted 13 each for the Knights.

WEBER 56, SYRACUSE 54
By Justin Johnson | Standard-Examiner

SYRACUSE — On the final day of Region 1 play, madness reigned with the possibility of a four-way tie for fourth place and the region’s final playoff spot.

Of course, the madness continued on the court at Syracuse, where Braedon Iverson scored a bucket off an offensive rebound with eight seconds left and Brock Gilbert’s 3-point try at the buzzer bounced off the rim to give Weber a 56-54 win and a trip to the 6A playoffs.

With Weber leading 54-51 and 41.5 seconds on the clock, Gilbert hit a 26-footer from the right side, over the double-team of Hudson Schenck and Kobe Furqueron.

The Warriors (13-8, 7-5 Region 1) ran time off the clock, then got the ball in Schenck’s hands for the final push. Schenck drove the left side, like he did so many times in the game, but his attempt rolled off to a leaping Iverson, who banked the ball off the glass for the game-winner.

The game was close throughout. Weber led by two points after the first and third quarters, and the teams were tied at 27 going into halftime. Syracuse’s biggest lead was four points and Weber’s was five.

Schenck scored a game-high 24 points for the Warriors, with seven rebounds and five assists. Iverson had 12 points to go with his game-high 11 rebounds. Furqueron led Weber with three steals.

Gilbert led Syracuse (10-13, 5-7) with 17 points, including four 3-pointers and seven assists. Austin Kirkman added 12, with three treys and three steals.

The loss ends Syracuse’s season, while Weber sneaks into the playoffs as a four-seed.

DAVIS 65, CLEARFIELD 33
By Brett Hein | Standard-Examiner

CLEARFIELD — Josh Sanders scored 19 points and Davis defeated Clearfield to make sure it had a spot in the 6A playoffs.

Clearfield won the first quarter 12-8 but Davis outscored the Falcons 37-11 over the second and third quarters.

Trey Grossenbach added 12 points for Davis (16-7, 7-5 Region 1). Trevan Leonhardt dished six assists and Tyson Garff totaled nine rebounds and four assists.

Devon Poll scored nine points to lead Clearfield (4-17, 0-12) in its final game.

Davis enters the playoffs as a three-seed.


6A TOURNEY SCHEDULE

First-round games Tuesday, Feb. 27.

at Weber State University

(1) Fremont vs. (4) Hillcrest, 4:10 p.m.

(4) Weber vs. (1) Kearns, 5:50 p.m.

at Utah Valley University

(3) Davis vs. (2) Granger, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Layton vs. (3) Cyprus, 7:30 p.m.


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