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Wildcat boys clinch region hoops title
by JOSH McFADDEN
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With still two weeks to go in the regular season, the Woods Cross boys basketball team already claimed its spot atop the Region 5 standings. 

By dismantling Ogden 75-49 on Feb. 10, the Wildcats clinched their second straight league title. By beating second-place Ogden, Woods Cross remained undefeated and moved three and half games ahead of the Tigers with three games left to go. 

The lopsided home win was the third straight double-digit win for the Wildcats and their sixth of league play. In what has become a common theme the past two years, Trevin Knell paced Wood Cross in scoring with 27 points. He hit three shots from behind the three-point arc and added four rebounds, two assists and three steals. Cameron Allen added 10 points and six rebounds. Eight Wildcats go into the scoring column in a game Woods Cross blew up in the third quarter with a 20-9 run. The Wildcats continued the second half dominance by outscoring Ogden 26-13 in the fourth quarter.

Woods Cross played at East Tuesday after our press deadline, followed by a home game against Highland on Friday.

Bountiful

Wood Cross may have already captured the league title, but the upstart Bountiful Braves are in the thick of things for the battle for second place. 

Despite a 67-52 loss to Woods Cross Feb. 7, the Braves still have a shot at making the state tournament and even at securing a No. 2 seed. Bountiful entered the week with a 5-4 league record, tied for third with Highland, one-half game behind second-place Ogden.

Against the league-leading Wildcats, Bountiful held its own much of the game, trailing just 29-26 at halftime. The game got away in the third when Wood Cross outscored the Braves 21-9. Bountiful did an excellent job on Knell, who scored just 10 points, a season low. Brig Willard led the way for Bountiful with 23 points. Ryan Pollard added 11, and Cooper Parkinson had 10.

Following a game at Highland on Tuesday (after our press deadline), Bountiful hosts Bonneville on Friday. 

Viewmont

Despite falling 51-46 to Layton on Feb. 7, the Vikings still maintain a slim lead in Region 2. Viewmont entered this week’s games with an 8-2 record, half a game ahead of the Lancers and a full game in front of Davis.

The Vikings struggled in the second half against Layton, managing just 17 points in the second half after taking a 29-18 lead into the locker room. Viewmont’s 46 points were its fewest of the season. Josh Mordue led the way with 12 points. Lewis Johnson and Jared Stringham each had 10. 

Viewmont bounced back to stay in front of Layton in Region 2 standings when it narrowly defeated Syracuse 56-54 last Friday. Viewmont once again gave up a healthy halftime lead, but this time the team held on for victory. Up 29-16 at the break, Syracuse outscored the Vikings 21-8 in the third quarter.However, Josh Mordue made sure his team wouldn’t give up rallies in back-to-back games. The junior had 18 points and six rebounds. He also drilled four three-pointers. Taylor Weston added 12 points for Viewmont. 

The Vikings host West this Friday, needing a win to stay in front of Layton and Davis. 

Davis

At 7-3 in region play, the Darts are very much in championship contention. But the margin of error is thin.

Davis began the week in third place, just a game out of first. However, the Darts also have fourth-place Syracuse (6-3) nipping at their heels. 

Davis took care of Granger on Feb. 7, 64-48. A bunch of players got into the action against the Lancers, and nine players scored. Brendon Redford paced the team with 13 points. He also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Rich Stucki contributed 12 points, while Ben Rigby had seven points and six boards. 

Last Friday, the Darts fell behind Layton in the league standings by losing to the Lancers in a heartbreaking 59-58 defeat. Tyson Garff had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Darts, and Brendon Redford had 10 points and 10 rebounds. But Layton outscored Davis 23-18 in the fourth quarter, making plays down the stretch to win the hard-fought game. Of Davis’ three region losses, two have come at the hands of Layton.

The Darts faced Syracuse on Tuesday (after our press deadline). Next up is an enormous matchup with Viewmont on Feb. 21 in a game that could determine the Region 2 champion.

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