By Rustyn Burnside

The Warriors have really found their rhythm this second half of the season. The roster has always been intriguing, Mackay has always been a star, but Snow Canyon has seemed to find another gear as the season winds down.

Despite a tough loss against Dixie, Snow Canyon won five of their last six matchups. In those Warrior victories, SCHS has won 15 of the 20 quarters they played.

Even More impressive is the fact that Snow Canyon led the ball game at the end of all 20 of those quarters throughout the 5-game streak.

The Warriors have since added two more wins.

The Warriors have Mackay scoring at an elite level, surrounded by great three-point shooters in Drey Smith and Damon Ence, solid Bigs in Carter Cambell and Owen Iloa, and a do it all defensive ace of a floor general in Trey Kelsch. Be careful to give this team a lead, they may not give it back.


All right, Larry. Mountain View at Snow Canyon, 6 p.m. on 890 KDXU.

Desert Hills at Dixie, 7 p.m. on ESPN 97.7

Pine View at Ridgeline 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 101.9

Crimson Cliffs at Green Canyon 7 p.m. also on Fox Sports 101.9

We're going to red zone those two games.

Region Rush Team Spotlight brought to you by the Matt Hickman team at Academy Mortgage!

Coach Murdock

Green Canyon has very good shooters. So and and we've got we've got to do our best job you know we do now on shooters you know they've got Laker they've got Anderson we haven't really got the space four and they're deep they're not afraid to shoot that from from anywhere.

So we've got to make sure we guard the perimeter. Their bigs are, you know, are decent too. They're not bad players. So overall, we got to do a good job just playing together as a unit and just again, making them take some tough shots.

Sean Felts

They got a lot of strong players on that team. I think it's going to take us having a lot of intensity on the offensive end and defense as well. So it'll take us being physical, you know, diving, doing the small things that will help us win the game.

Luke Johnson

If we can lock down, if we can get our own shooters or we can keep Laker and Anderson to as little points as we can. And I think we I think when I think we got a real chance.

Trevor Taylor

Big key is making them uncomfortable and make them get to the hole. We have Sean down low, me down low. So if we can get them down low, I think we have a good chance of protecting the paint.

Drake Carroll

I think the the camaraderie we have with our players, this is the closest we've ever been as a team in all the years. And I think everyone agreed. So just trusting each other and knowing that whoever it is will make the right play will be.



Andy: "Today we're looking at Kealah Faumuina from Dixie High. What jumps off the film when you watch Lala?"

Kasey: "Man, she is dominant and she has been for years and you know we've we've been in quite a few Dixie games.

The thing that I know, I mean, that Desert Hills game on Tuesday night, she was bringing the ball up the court. She was rebounding, she was scoring, she was getting to the free throw line. You know, she was defending. And any time that Lala gets the ball in the paint, it's two points. And she has amazing footwork. She has amazing moves.

She had an amazing and one the other night with her left hand. She's got a good jump shot from 15 to 18 feet, can even extend it out to three. You can just garner with one person. If if you do, it's going to be a long night for that person and she's going to go off for a huge night.

And so I've been really impressed with how hard she plays and just everything that goes into her performance."

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Initial Boys Bracket Reaction


"Alright, Larry, let's do it. Initial bracket reaction. Toughest draw has got to be Desert Hills. Good news. They just played Dixie great. Bad news last time you played in the Hangar it didn't go well. Good news Eli is hot and last time you played Dixie, he had 30 points. Also good news, Coach Allred's tournament record: 4-3 in his first three years at the D-Hills.

Plus he wins in the postseason in all sports, baseball, girls basketball, boys basketball. He lives for the postseason. They've got to get past Jordan on Wednesday.

Upset potential in the second round...Crimson Cliffs with Scoop [Johnson] back. They look great. They'll get Green Canyon in the second round. Green Canyon started the season 13-0, then started their region 1-5, but then finished strong to end the season going 4-0 including a win at Logan. Jared Anderson went bonkers in that game. He had five threes. He's played varsity for four years. You remember he had a great game against Desert Hills back in December. They're good. But according to a reporter up in Cache Valley:

"Sometimes they struggle with taller teams."

Well, Crimson has a guy who is pretty dang tall.

Pine View vs Ridgeline, potential second round matchup.

Pine View has a better one-two scoring punch. But Ridgeline has got a star wing/big hybrid in Carson Cox and a stretch-big and Francom who can pound down low and make threes and a classic point guard in Cam Blatter who sets everybody up averaging five assists a game.

Plus a coach who wins a lot in the tournament.That's a tough match up for Pine View potentially in the second round if they can get past Uintah.

Snow Canyon will potentially play against Mountain View in the second round. This is a rematch from earlier on in December.

Owen Mackay had 38 points in their first matchup.

It stinks Snow Canyon's in the same quadrant as Dixie. I would have loved Snow Canyon to even be the eighth seed just so we could avoid having snow cane in Dixie play each other that early in the tournament.

More thoughts to come!"

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Team Spotlight Pine View Panthers

All right, Larry. Region nine hoops tonight. We've got a triple header. Desert Hills is hosting Snow Canyon on ESPN 97.7, Cedar is at Dixie on 590 KSUB and the Hurricane Tigers are in The Pit taking on Pine View.

We caught up with a few Panthers last night.

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Coach Patrick Amico

"Yeah. It has a totally different meaning after last night you know first got to give credit to Coach Murdock and the guys different groups and they did a great job and everything was a tough one.

So now we got to be ready. Hurricane, you talk about a guy doing a great job Coach Stout over there and they are peaking right now. They're playing their best basketball at the end of the year.

And of course, it's a night where we get them. So and they're going to have some revenge on their mind. Cayleb Jackman's back. He's an elite shot blocker, he's a great rebounder. So it's going to be tough.

And hopefully at home we can knock down some shots and hit some free throws and come out with the win.

Griffen Shepherd on getting to 1000 points

It was awesome. I mean, like always been. I mean, Nash also has a thousand. Yeah it's like nice because like when I had off nights he would be scoring more and like, we just pick up for each other.

Nash Schroeder on playing with Shepherd

"Yeah, it's been awesome. We've been playing together since eighth grade and I don't think we get to a thousand points without each other. So it's definitely a pretty cool that we both have a thousand points."


Jordan Roberts Makes History


"Alright Larry let's do it! A change needs to be made to the single season Mount Rushmore at UHSAA headquarters

Points - Rusty Price, North Rich High 1978

Rebounds - Barry Gardner, Dugway High 1975

Blocks - Shawn Bradley, Emery High 1990

Assists - Jordan Roberts, Dixie High 2024

Roberts had 13 assists against Desert Hills last night to break the record. According to my count he's right around 277 assists. The previous record was 266.

Congratulations Jordan and Kyle and Logan, and Damon and Breckon, and Tyson and everybody else who contributed to this awesome record!"

Preview transcript:

"Alright Larry let's Dixie at Desert Hills let's sell the matchup

Desert Hills has won 4 straight games and is playing their best basketball of the year

Eli Allred's scored 61 points in his last two games

Jackson Holman is back! Most accurate 3 point shooter in region and he 

Desert Hills hasn't lost a region game at home all year!

And the other the best team in the state and who's trying to be the first team to go undefeated in region 9 since...the Dixie Flyers did it in 2018. Should be fun we'll see you at the Thunderdome!


"Tomorrow night, Jordan Roberts of the Dixie Flyers needs 3 assists to break the all time single season assists record currently held by the great Rylen Jones. Utah high school basketball.

Roberts is averaging 12 assists per game. We did the math. 12 assists per game in a 32 minute high school game is equivalent to 18 assists per game in an 48 minute nba game. Who has the all time NBA single season assists per game record? Basketball John. 14.5 assists per game in 1989. Jordan is out-assisting Stockton!

Who has the college record per game? Avery Johnson at Southern University 13 assists per game in 40 minute college game. Roberts would be at 15 in a 40 minute game he is out assisting the all time college guy.

He's leading the country in assists per game. 

And he's on the verge of breaking the all time state record tomorrow night on ESPN 97.7 at the Thunderdome. And they should give him a standing ovation even though it's on the road. This is remarkable."


 Utah Hoops Pyramid of Success

Let's go...

We're honoring five basketball players from the Beehive State in our weekly pyramid based on who had the best weekend.

Let's start with the bottom tier...


Mason Falslev - Utah State

Falslev is one of my favorites because he's a 4A alum from Sky View. He went off against Boise State and scored 25 points and made a few threes. Falslev is all hustle on defense and is fun in transition. I look forward to watching the Aggies come tournament time.

Nizhoni Dominguez - Hurricane Lady Tigers

Domingues had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Lady Tigers win against Crimson Cliffs. Nizhoni has scored in double figures in three straight games for Hurricane.

John Collins - Utah Jazz

Collins was arguably the Jazz best player against the Suns. Efficient game knock down shooter etc.


Kyle Lemke - Dixie Flyers

Nobody can stop Lemke. He gets the lobs, he gets to his spots, he can beat you over the top with a hook shot. I don't know how teams are going to play him in the playoffs but I'm guessing he'll be shooting a lot of free throws.

Olivia Hamlin - Snow Canyon Lady Warriors

The best player in the state? I think it's close. She had 34 last Thursday and a million steals. She is a one person full-court press. Rick Pitino would love to have her on his team.


Jaylen Searles - Utah Tech

Searles had a career night for the Trailblazers and what a game to have it. Cal Baptist is third in the WAC and a rival of Utah Tech. Searles went off and he is this week's King of Utah Hoops.

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