SYRACUSE -- Weber head coach Mark Larsen's wife is due to have a baby girl on February 20.
If the Warriors' game against Syracuse had been any closer, she may have given birth early.
The Warriors saw a 20 point lead shrink to three late in the fourth quarter before they delivered a 66-62 Region 1 victory over the Titans on Friday evening.
Weber has secured a spot in the upcoming state 5-A tournament which also begins February 20, but lest there be any doubt, Larsen assures he will be by his wife's side if there is conflict between game time and fatherhood's call.
"I felt this was a must win; we needed to get to six (league victories)," Larsen said. "We want to be in the post season playoffs and now we control our own destiny because Davis lost tonight."
Down 51-31, Syracuse went on a 23-6 run that closed the gap to three with two minutes remaining, but Weber got a key rebound bucket, a steal and a enough free throws to hold the Titans off.
"They picked up their intensity in the fourth quarter and started to fight back, but Hayden (Schenck) made some plays late and hit the free throws to get it done. We had the big lead early and that gave us enough cushion at the end," Larsen said.
The Warriors took control with a 21-4 romp during the second and third quarters before Syracuse countered with their comeback effort.
"We needed every bit of it," Larsen said. "We watched film of our game against them at our place (a last second loss), but there were 50 things we could have done differently so it wouldn't have come down to a final shot. We need to focus for a full game; every possession, and every possession in the second and third quarters was a winning possession."
Schenck led a balanced Weber attack with 18 points while Jaren McKnight checked in with 16. Jordan Jones , Garrett Beckey and Auston Tesch rounded out most of the remaining total by adding nine points each.
For Syracuse, Diante Mitchell again led the way, scoring 20 points, Josh Herfel came off the bench to bomb in five 3-pointers for his 15 and Landon O'camb also notched double digits with 12.
Weber now has a one game lead in the tight Region 1 race with two remaining.
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* NORTHRIDGE 53, FREMONT 41: At Plain City, Preston Christensen had a game-high 17 points, leading the Knights past the Silver Wolves on the road.
Jacob Bigler added 13 pionts and Jesse Armistead chipped in 11 for Northridge.
Landon Scott paced Fremont with 10 points.
* EAST 51, CLEARFIELD 48: At Salt Lake City, the Falcons' shot to climb the region standings came up three points shot.
Coach Curtis Hulse's squad scrapped its way to a 36-32 lead through three quarters. But East's Parker Van Dyke scored 15 in the final quarter to lead the Leopards' comeback.
Van Dyke had 26 points, while Mitch Grant had 11 and John Fakahafua added 10 for East.
Marquis Jones scored 18 points for the Falcons, who went 17 of 21 from the foul line. Jordan Nuffer added nine points.
In other Region 6 games, Bountiful buried Cyprus 59-38, while Highland tripped up Woods Cross 60-50 on the road.