SALT LAKE CITY – The Viewmont Vikings had a rough time against American Fork during the regular season, dropping a 57-35 game during preseason action that saw three Cavemen scored in double figures.
Tuesday night at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, the struggles continued. American Fork won the tip-off, scored the first bucket in the game, and never looked back as the Cavemen won the game 72-42 to eliminate the Vikings in the opening round of the state 5A playoffs.
American Fork’s stellar defense was evident from the beginning, allowing the Vikings to score only 15 points in the first half and taking a 31-15 lead. Spencer Johnson and Tyler Rawson were an offensive spark to open the game, scoring eight points in the first four minutes as the Cavemen went on a 13-2 run in the opening quarter.
The Cavemen scored 20 points in the opening quarter, and Viewmont was immediately hindered offensively after Austin Johnson took a nasty fall with barely over a minute gone in the game.
Johnson’s fall occurred when he was attempting to drive into the lane against the American Fork defense. Before he could get a shot off, he was tripped up and then taken down by an outstretched arm of another player.
Johnson didn’t return to the game.
The Vikings’ offense picked up the pace to start the second half, scoring 14 points behind strong shooting by Porter May and McKay Butler. Kelton Hirsch closed the quarter with a 3-pointer, but the Vikings fell further behind after allowing American Fork to score 17 points.
A 9-1 run by the Cavemen put American Fork up by nearly 30 points, and with only four minutes remaining in the game, both sides began to play their bench players.
As a team the Vikings shot less than 25 percent from the field. McKay Butler scored 11 points and McKay Johnson scored seven points with nine rebounds in the loss.
American Fork had four players score more than 10 points. Ryan Andrus led all scorers with 17 points.
Viewmont finished the season with a 15-8 overall record. They were 10-2 in Region 1 play, losing both its region games to Davis.
Other 5A playoff games
Davis 67, Herriman 37
Lone Peak 87, Syracuse 60