LAYTON -- For only the second time this year, the Knights played a home game and their fans had to like what they saw.
Defending Region 1 champion Northridge improved its preseason record to 4-3 with a workmanlike 51-33 victory over Hillcrest on Tuesday evening.
"We have had kind of a tough preseason," said Northridge coach Chad Sims. "We hope to get better as a team and prepare for the next one."
Leading 2-0, Sims called a timeout with 6:28 remaining in the first quarter and then Hillcrest promptly went on a 5-0 run, but that was the last time the Huskies smelled success as Northridge raced to a 13-2 spurt to finish the period.
The Knights maintained at least a six-point lead the rest of the game and had their largest margin at the final buzzer, to win going away.
"Our kids played really well tonight," Sims said. "They competed and played hard. I was happy with the way we rebounded the ball."
Preston Christensen led Northridge with 19 points and Dallas Bond also scored double digits with 14 counters, while Jacob Bigler added nine points on three bombs from beyond the arc.
Christensen (5-of-6) and Bond (6-of-7) both netted more free throws than the entire Hillcrest team, which went 1-of-3 from the charity stripe for the game.
Northridge held a nine-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but opened with a 9-0 burst and held the Huskies to only four points, their first coming with 2:38 left in the contest.
"We are capable of scoring a lot of points," Sims said. "I was proud of the way the kids defended; they did a really good job. We just need to continue to work as a team and focus on us and what we can do best."
* BONNEVILLE 51, FREMONT 48: At Washington Terrace, the Lakers held on by the skin of their teeth as the Silver Wolves came howling back from a big deficit.
Bonneville led 39-21 at the end of the third quarter but saw the lead nearly disappear in a flurry of Fremont 3s.
Mason Rich led the Lakers with 13 points and Dakota Buckway, Carson Smith and Sealune Erskine had 10 apiece.
Bryce Graves had 12, Austin Johnson added 11 and Spencer Jones 10 for the Silver Wolves, who scored 27 points in the fourth quarter alone after failing to reach double-digits in each of the previous three quarters.
"We got a little comfortable. In the fourth quarter the floodgates opened (for Fremont)," Bonneville coach Jason Finder said. "Luckily we had enough of a buffer that we held on."
* BRIGHTON 78, LAYTON 74 (2OT): At Layton, the Bengals outlasted the Lancers in a barnburner.
Mike Hibbert scored a game-high 29 points, Dallin Johnson scored 12 and Jarriesse Blackmon added 10 points for the Lancers.
Bryce Callahan had 25 points for Brighton, which outscored Layton 11-7 in the final overtime period to win.
* ROY 53, GRANGER 36: At Salt Lake City, Brekkot Chapman poured in a game-high 30 points and David Hadley had 10 as the Royals went on the road and claimed a victory.
* WEBER 75, OGDEN 50: At Pleasant View, the Warriors led 41-25 at halftime and remained in command the rest of the way behind 33 points for Hayden Schenk and 13 more from Jordan Jones.
Spencer Smith scored 33 points, including 5 treys, to lead the Tigers.
* ROWLAND HALL-ST. MARK'S 57, ST. JOSEPH 37: At Salt Lake City, David Donlevy led the Jayhawks with 12 points in the loss.
Malik Adams had a game-high 17 points and Wesley Austin scored 14 for Rowland Hall.