Tuesday , January 10, 2017 - 11:19 PM
BRIGHAM CITY — The Woods Cross High boys basketball team may ultimately prove to be king of 4-A, but that doesn’t mean it is now.
Wildcats star senior Trevin Knell admitted his team might have thought so heading into last week’s game against Taylorsville and the result was Woods Cross’ second loss of the season.
Two games into Region 5 play, the Wildcats appear to have righted the ship.
Knell poured in 33 points to lead Woods Cross to a 66-59 victory over Box Elder on Tuesday.
“It was a reality check for us,” Knell said of the Taylorsville outcome.
Knell scored 11 points in the opening quarter to get Woods Cross off to a strong start, then helped put Box Elder away with 10 points in the fourth.
The sharpshooter gave Woods Cross a 64-57 lead with 50.2 seconds left in the game after driving into the lane and making a layup with Box Elder’s Max Watson being assessed a blocking foul. Knell made the subsequent free throw.
Two possessions earlier, Knell was called for a charging foul on Watson.
Watson scored on an offensive putback and Woods Cross was called for traveling, but Watson couldn’t get a left-handed layup to go with just over 20 seconds left. Knell then effectively sealed the game with a pair of free throws.
Early on, it looked like the game was going to turn into Knell versus Watson. Knell scored Woods Cross’ first five points while Watson scored Box Elder’s first 10.
Watson gave the Bees an 8-5 lead after finding himself open for a 3 because Knell overplayed for a steal and missed.
Knell said coach Kasey Walkenhurst gave him “the look” and “was very upset” with him because of the play, but that it helped spark him defensively.
Watson was held to just seven points after his initial 10-0 run — until going off for 12 in the fourth, giving him a team-high 29.
“Max Watson still got to the rim and we tried to limit that,” Knell said. “We’ve got to work on our help-side a little more but I think it’s coming along.”
Knell scored six of his team’s final eight points of the first period, including a pull-up jumper just before the buzzer sounded to give the Wildcats a 20-15 lead.
He scored seven of Woods Cross’ first nine points of the second quarter as the Wildcats built a 29-17 advantage. Knell’s unconventional three-point play that put Woods Cross ahead 29-17 capped a 15-2 Wildcats spurt.
Woods Cross took a 37-24 lead into halftime following a Cameron Allen 3 just before the buzzer and led by double digits throughout the third quarter.
Trailing 52-40 early in the fourth, Watson started an 8-0 Bees run with a long two. Porter Clawson’s reverse layup with just under 6:30 left capped the spurt.
Knell knocked down his only 3 of the game with 4:58 left to push Woods Cross’ lead back to nine and Box Elder didn’t get closer than four the rest of the way.
Allen added 14 points for the Wildcats.
“I just thought we moved the ball well and it helped a lot because every team is looking for Trevin and he’s just helping everyone get wide open,” Allen said.
Traycer Wilson tallied 16 points to join Watson in double figures for the Bees.
LAYTON 72, SYRACUSE 65
Blake Hansen scored 14 points and Braxton Libby added 11 for Layton.
Syracuse’s Drew Carlson posted 14 points while Dylan Brower netted 13.
Layton took a 47-30 at halftime and cruised in the second half.
VIEWMONT 70, GRANGER 47
BOUNTIFUL – Josh Mordue scored 20 and Adam Funk added 13 as Viewmont downed Granger on Tuesday.
The Vikings outscored Granger 41-21 across the second and third quarters to pull away.
DAVIS 65, HUNTER 41
KAYSVILLE – Josh Sanders scored 12 points to lead a balanced Davis team to a comfortable win over Hunter.
The Darts led 40-17 at halftime.
Ben Rigby added nine points and eight rebounds, Braxton Taylor tallied seven points and eight rebounds, and Braden Sims scored eight to improve Davis to 10-2.
OGDEN 61, HIGHLAND 51
SALT LAKE CITY – Ogden achieved a road victory at Highland on Tuesday.
Hunter Clarke led Ogden with 24 points and Matt Richardson contributed another 16 in the Region 5 win.
LAYTON CHRISTIAN 59, WATERFORD 53
LAYTON – Waterford held a one-point lead at halftime at Layton Christian, but the Eagles scored 18 points in each of the last two frames to pull away.
Layton Christian was led by Christians Gutierrez with 21 points with another 13 from Chan Hargraves.
Standard-Examiner reporter Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.
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