by Josh McFadden
When you play in a region with only four other teams, the difference between first and second place is razor thin. That’s why the Viewmont boys basketball team had to enjoy last week’s 2-0 performance.
The Vikings picked up wins over Roy, 64-49, and over Bountiful, 53-41, to climb to within a game of first-place Box Elder in the Region 5 standings. Viewmont began this week 3-1 in league play and 8-10 overall. After and up-and-down preseason, the Vikings are putting themselves in position for a first-round home game in the state tournament.
But there’s still precious time to go until the postseason.
Viewmont began this week with four games left on the region schedule, meaning the league race is still wide open. The two victories last week sure helped, though.
Against Roy on Jan. 30, Viewmont held the Royals to just 19 points in the second half, turning a 30-30 halftime score into a rout. The Vikings’ defense
stifled Roy into 37 percentshooting. Meanwhile, Viewmont scorched the nets by shooting nearly 60 percent from the field.
Spencer Mackay was the high-scorer and rebounder for Viewmont. The senior scored a season-high 22 points (including four three-pointers) and tied a season-high with nine rebounds.
Three nights later, Viewmont was at again with suffocating defense and a second-half run when it limited Bountiful to just 16 points in the third and fourth quarters combined. The Vikings led just 26-25 at the break but then put the clamps down on the Braves’ attack. Bountiful managed just 15 field goals the entire game. Brig Willard was the only Bountiful player to score in double figures, as he totaled 14 on the night.
Mordue paced the team with 18, while Mackay and Kendall Draxler each had 16.
After hosting Woods Cross on Tuesday (after our press deadline), Viewmont hosts Roy on Friday.
Meanwhile, Bountiful played at Roy on Tuesday and plays at league-leading Box Elder on Friday. Prior to its loss to Viewmont last Friday, the Braves lost to Box Elder 70-58, despite 24 points from Brig Willard and 15 points from Isaac Kime.
Bountiful began the week 2-2 in Region 5, a game behind Viewmont and two games behind Box Elder.
The Wildcats are still looking for their first league win this season. The 0-4 Wildcats dropped a 68-53 decision to Box Elder last Friday, bringing their losing steak to eight games.
Woods Cross led Box Elder 16-10 at the end of the first quarter and played the first-place foe tight in quarters three and four. Box Elder outscored Woods Cross 26-10 in the second quarter, pushing the halftime score to 36-26. Woods Cross couldn’t recover in the second half.
Mason Cowley led the Wildcats with 14 points, while Tyler Cowley and Tucker Goodfellow each had nine points.
The Wildcats played at Viewmont on Tuesday. Results were unavailable at our press deadline.
The Darts began this week with a 4-4 record in Region 1. Even though Davis sits in a fifth-place tie in the region standings, it’s very much in contention for the league crown. The Darts entered its game on Tuesday with Northridge just half a game out of fourth place and one game behind the league’s three first-place teams.
Davis went 1-1 last week, beginning with a 73-52 loss to Layton. The Darts suffered through a dismal first half in which they scored just 10 points and trailed by 24. The Darts righted the ship in the second half, outscoring Layton 42-39, but they faced too big of a hole to make a game of it.
Josh Sanders scored 23 points in a losing cause. Rich Stucki added 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Last Friday, Davis evened its region record with a 39-32 win over Syracuse. In this low-scoring affair, Davis held Syracuse to eight first-half points and then held on in the fourth quarter as the Titans mounted a rally. Sanders had 10 points to lead Davis. Redford had seven points and collected 10 rebounds. Trevan Leonhardt came up with three steals.