RICHFIELD -- While the St. Joseph Jayhawks are using this year's foray into the state 1-A boys basketball tournament as a fact-finding mission for next year's playoffs, the Layton Christian Eagles have firmly planted themselves in the favorite's role as Day 1 of the tournament wound to a close at the Sevier Valley Center.
Bobby Porter's Eagles turned a close game into a rout with a strong third-period surge and turned back Panguitch 74-58 on Wednesday in first-round action.
With a deep team boasting nine seniors, the Eagles wore down the southern Utah team with a 24-4 burst after halftime to improve to 11-9 on the season.
Layton Christian will meet Tabiona at 7 p.m. tonight for a berth in the state semifinals.
Remington Rawlings shot the Eagles into the next round with 29 points, drilling many of his six 3-pointers during the decisive run.
But it was LCA's defense and speed that drew the most oohs and ahs from the Sevier Valley Center crowd.
Scifon Shayaka, Quincy Mason and Jake Maughan controlled the boards and ran the floor well for LCA. Maughan finished with 13 points, Victor Flores added 11 points and Shayaka finished with eight points.
Duce Namazi, playing in his first game since December, added seven points and just added to the Eagles' optimism for the rest of the tournment.
Tyce Barney led Panguitch with 34 points.
* MONTICELLO 59, ST. JOSEPH 36: At Richfield, with nine juniors and just one senior, the Jayhawks are here for the experience with future tournaments in mind.
A slow start doomed St. Joseph, outpointed in all four quarters. Jordan Jones hit three 3-pointers, while Pat Choffel added eight points and Zach Johnston added seven.
Sam Weil, who just accepted a cross country scholarship at Creighton University, is St. Joseph's lone senior.
The Jayhawks (7-13) will play the loser of the late Duchesne-Bryce Valley game at 1 p.m. today.
* PROVO 59, MOUNTAIN CREST 53: At West Valley City's Maverik Center, the Mustangs took the second half off on Wednesday night and it cost them a spot in the state 4-A semifinals.
Region 5 champion Mountain Crest led 25-20 after two quarters, but the Bulldogs built steam in the second half to advance.
Famaili Laulu-Pututau scored 19, while Tyler Crosbie paced Mountain Crest with 16 points. Justin Petersen added a dozen for the Mustangs, who saw their season end at 15-8 overall.
Jonny Flake led Provo with 17 points, while Adam Finch added 15.
* BOUNTIFUL 57, HERRIMAN 49: At West Valley City, Brock Yates scored 21 points and Bountiful knocked down 21 of 26 free throws as it withstood a gutty effort from Herriman for the quarterfinal victory.
After falling behind by 10 midway through the third quarter, the Mustangs hung around and kept it close in the fourth quarter behind 17 points from Tueni Lupeamanu and 14 points from Tanner McKissick.
Dain Murdock added 10 points for the Braves on 10 of 12 shooting from the foul line, with Sam Merrill adding 10 points.