OGDEN — Bountiful’s Sam Merrill scored a game-high 35 points with five assists against the Sky View Bobcats in the 4A semifinal game at the Dee Events Center.
But it wasn’t enough to win the game, as a buzzer-beating half-court shot made by Jalen Moore in the first overtime propelled the Bobcats into the finals with a 63-60 win Friday night.
Bountiful found itself down by nine points following the first quarter. Center Nate Pollard ended up sitting on the bench for the majority of the quarter. Once Pollard returned to the floor, he and Zach Seljaas combined to score Bountiful’s next 10 points as the Braves closed their deficit to two points at the half.
Bountiful gained the lead for the first time in the game in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. In it, Merrill scored seven of Bountiful’s points and gave the Braves a 48-47 lead with four minutes to go in regulation.
Bountiful ends the season with a 21-4 overall record, and went undefeated at 10-0 in Region 6 to claim a region title. Before the loss, Bountiful won 20 straight games in the season and extended school records by winning 21 straight games at home and 13 on the road, not including playoffs.
Wildcats one-and-done after loss to Timpview
Luke Jowers and Skyler Farnes scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the first round of the 4A boys’ basketball playoffs, but the Wildcats still lost to Olympus in the first round 50-43.
In a back-and-forth defensive game following the first half of play, the Wildcats went from being up two points to down seven points after allowing 14 points to Olympus.
Olympus held Woods Cross to four points in the third quarter, and that proved to be enough to win the game.
Vikings ousted by Brighton in second round, 69-58
The Vikings took the floor in last Wednesday’s boy’s basketball playoffs hoping to advance to the semi-finals of the state 5A playoffs.
Instead, they were eliminated by Brighton 69-58, ending a season that saw the Vikings win 13 games, six in region play.
A rough first quarter proved to be the difference in the game. The Vikings allowed 23 points and scored only 11. Although they were able to cut the deficit to six points, Brighton’s 24-point fourth quarter proved to be too much for Viewmont to overcome.
McKay Johnson and Michael Steinicke had strong performances, scoring 18 and 11 points, respectively.
Darts eliminated after loss to Lone Peak
The Davis Darts boys’ basketball team was eliminated from playoffs in the quarter finals of the 5A state playoffs by eventual champion Lone Peak, which scored 83 points against the Darts last Wednesday.
The Knights’ Talon Shumway and Eric Mika led the way for Lone Peak, scoring 25 and 19 points, respectively. The duo helped the Knights to a 20-point halftime lead that Davis wasn’t able to recover from.
Jesse Wade led the Darts with 13 points, and Abel Porter scored nine points with four assists in the loss.