The game was somewhat unfamiliar to both teams with 16-minute halves instead of four quarters as in regular high school play.
Canyon View’s bench was filled to the brim with familiar and new faces, anxious to get some practice time in during the summer in preparation for the winter season.
“A lot of these guys want to spend time playing in the summer,” Falcon coach Rob Potter said. “That’s what we want to do is get better and they see the summer as a good time to be able to do that.”
The Cedar bench was a completely different story. The complete Redmen team consisted of seven players, only two reserves to give the five original starters a break, but that didn’t worry head coach Craig Cardon.
“We have other players,” Cardon said. “We’re OK with what we have right now and I know where all of my players are.”
With that said, both teams gathered at center court to renew a rivalry that ended last winter.
Both teams got off to a slow start, missing open three pointers and looking a little bit rushed. A couple plays later, it was a ball game.
Canyon View had a phenomenal first half at the foul line, shooting 12-12 from the strike. Even better for the Falcons, Cedar couldn’t seem to make it to the line at all and shot 3-4 from the line before the half time buzzer sounded.
“We were pounding it into the paint in the first half,” Potter said.
The second half was a completely different story.
Down 30-26 at half time, Cedar started getting more looks inside and hitting outside shots. With nine minutes left in the game Cedar took its first lead since the first quarter at 44-42 and never looked back.
The Redmen went on a 16-4 run, taking a 14 point lead that had the Falcons fouling to get back in the game and helping Cedar get more opportunities at the line.
“A lot of us getting to the line was them fouling us trying to get back into it once we took the lead,” Cardon said. “We tried to get more inside shots, but a lot of it was them fouling us.”
Canyon View ended the game with 15-21 shooting from the foul line, while Cedar took advantage of the second half going 18-27 and eventually taking the 66-62 victory.
In the three-day tournament, Cedar came out on top in first place, with Canyon View coming in third behind South Sevier. Six teams competed in the tournament.