BOUNTIFUL – The Bountiful Braves boys’ basketball team has been hot recently, winning three straight games going into last Friday’s game against Viewmont.
Woods Cross was also riding a three-game winning streak, beating strong teams with close scores as they entered Friday’s game against Layton.
Both the Braves and Wildcats won their respective games. Bountiful beat the Vikings 75-60, and Woods Cross won a wild game over Layton 40-39.
Bountiful’s win over the Vikings extended both team’s streaks, but in different ways. The Braves won their fourth straight, and Vikings lost their fourth in a row.
In the win, Sam Merrill finished one assist shy of recording a triple double. The senior finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Zach Seljaas, the team’s scoring leader, again proved to be the catalyst for the offense. He scored 23 points with four assists and two 3-pointers.
McKay Butler led the Vikings in scoring with 17 points in Friday’s game. She made three 3-pointers.
McKay Richins scored 13 points.
Jarom Tye also scored 12 points for Viewmont.
In last Wednesday’s game against Lone Peak, the Viewmont ladies lost 79-41.
The Woods Cross Wildcats entered Friday night’s game against Layton after a weeklong break, after having beaten Roy 56-55 the previous week.
Its game against Layton was just as close. The Wildcats scored the final basket in the closing seconds to beat the Lancers by a single point.
Though the Wildcats didn’t have a single player score in double figures, Filipo Mokofisi and Hayden Grant combined to score 18 points, with Grant hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
Brady Cowley and Luke Jowers each scored eight points and combined to make four 3-pointers in the win.
Layton’s Mike Hibbert led all scorers with 17 points.
Bountiful will take part in the Panther Holiday Classic starting Thursday, and will take on Logan at 2 p.m.
The Tournament is being played at West High School and will run through Saturday.
The Vikings will be in a separate tournament, entering the Red Rock Rumble being held at Dixie State College starting Thursday morning. Viewmont will play American Fork at 11:45 a.m.
Davis, which hasn’t played a game in nearly two weeks, will end its 13-day layoff with a game against Olympus at home on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Woods Cross will also be at home Friday night when it faces Box Elder in a battle of former Region 5 foes.
The Braves are 5-3 overall, and Woods Cross is 5-1 during preseason play.
Viewmont is sitting at 3-4, and Davis is 5-0 in preseason play.