By season’s end, only five boys basketball teams in the state end their campaigns by hoisting championship trophies. This makes for a lot of disappointment and heartbreak throughout Utah’s five high school classifications.
Count a quartet of Davis County teams among those who fell short.
Though Viewmont, Woods Cross, Bountiful and Davis failed to get to the semifinals of the state tournament, each squad had memorable moments from the season and things to build on for the 2017–18 year.
The Wildcats ran through their region games unblemished with a 12-0 record. Things were much tougher in the 4A state tournament.
Favorites to get back to the state semifinals, where they lost last season to Olympus, the Wildcats ran into trouble in the quarterfinals against Region 8 champion Springville March 2.
And the way the game ended could sting for a while for those on the Woods Cross squad.
Up 50-48 in the waning moments of overtime, Woods Cross appeared poised to advance to within a game of the state title matchup. But those dreams were shattered in gut-wrenching fashion, as Springville connected on a three-point bank-shot at the buzzer to win 51-50.
Woods Cross, which hadn’t lost since the final non-region game on Jan. 3 against Taylorsville, fought back from a six-point hole as the fourth quarter began. The Wildcats outscored Springville 14-8 in the final quarter to knot things up at 44 apiece heading into the fateful overtime period.
Trevin Knell capped an incredible season and career at Woods Cross with a game-high 28 points. The University of California-bound sharpshooter also finished with eight rebounds and a pair of steals in the game. Fellow senior Trevor Trost had nine points.
The Wildcats finished the year with a 22-3 mark, topping last season’s 19-5 record.
The Vikings rolled into their quarterfinals matchup with defending state champion Bingham on the heels of its 66-55 win over Westlake on Feb. 27.
Viewmont knew it had its hands full March 1 against the Miners, which entered the contest with a 21-3 mark. Bingham shared the Region title by going 11-1 in league play. As it had done so many times during the season, Bingham jumped out a big lead at the end of first quarter, 24-13. The deficit proved too much for the Vikings to overcome, as they fell 74-51.
The Vikings played the Miners close in quarters two and three, being outscored just 30-25. But Bingham closed the game with a 20-13 fourth quarter to end the Vikings’ season.
Jared Stringham led Viewmont with 11 points. The senior, playing his final high school game, also collected three rebounds. Junior Chandler Cox, who figures to a be a key player on next year’s squad had 10 points and four rebounds. All three of his field goal came from behind the three-point arc.
Viewmont finished the season with an overall mark of 16-8, its best record since 2010.
A wild year came to an end for the Braves on Feb. 28 with a 62-42 loss to Corner Canyon in the first round of the 4A state tournament.
Bountiful had a difficult time getting the offense going against the Chargers, as it managed just four points in the first quarter and 15 for the first half. The offensive struggles left the Braves in a 28-15 hole that they couldn’t escape.
Though the 20-point loss didn’t come without solid performances. Seven-foot senior center Ryan Pollard paced the Braves with 13 points. Meanwhile, sophomore Brig Willard had 12 points, and the 6-2 guard also collected eight rebounds. Junior Jadon Chism filled the stat sheet with six points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Bountiful finished the season with a record of 9-15. Considering the team began region play at 1-10, it’s easy to see how far the team came.
As reported last week, Davis lost its opening round playoff game on Feb. 27 by the score of 48-45 to Pleasant Grove.
Davis finished the year tied with Viewmont for second place in Region 2. Davis posted a 17-6 overall record.
Davis boasted balanced scoring this season. Though no one averaged in double figures, four players averaged more than seven points an outing. Ben Rigby (8.3 points per game), Braxton Taylor (7.8), Cade Whicker (7.6) and Rich Stucki (7.4) paced the team.