CV boys rally, earn first Region 9 win
By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
The Canyon View Falcons were feeling the frustrations of games that got away and drifted into the loss column, especially within Region 9 play.
When the second half began, Brantzen Blackner and Toby Potter decided to do something about it, and the results proved productive.
Blackner finished with a game-high 25 points and Potter had two big offensive rebounds that helped finish off a 9-2 third-quarter run that turned the game around and pushed the Falcons to a 59-48 victory over Snow Canyon on Jan. 12, its first in four Region 9 games (1-3).
“The emotion was there for us going into Dixie,” Canyon View coach Robbie Potter said. “When we lost the Cedar game, people were not happy and I said ‘all we can do is move forward.’ The practices have been more intense, our intensity was on another level, and our decision-making was probably the best it’s been all year.”
The Warriors (1-3, 5-9 overall) rode the hot shooting of junior big man Joey Robertson inside and senior Braden Baker from outside to build a 16-12 lead after the first quarter, but Potter and Blackner provided the spark that kept CV close.
Potter scored 10 of his 19 points in the second quarter and Blackner added eight as the Falcons cut the SC lead to 31-30 at the break.
“Their post guy was killing us in the first half,” Potter said. “You could tell the energy level was completely different in the second, from the student section to every player, we were dialed in.”
Despite a foul at the horn and two free throws that broke the run, Potter’s two offensive rebounds helped Canyon View turn a 38-35 deficit into a 44-40 lead after three quarters. With the Warriors battling foul problems, the Falcons were 9-of-13 from the line in the fourth and held the lead the rest of the way.
“Those were the funnest part for a dad, just hustle plays,” Robbie Potter said. “He was a kid who just wanted to win. He was going crazy with the losses.”
Blackner was equally complimentary of his fellow seniors.
“That was big time. He loves to crash the boards and get the tip-ins,” Blackner said. “With Joey’s (Lambeth) 3-pointer, stretching the lead, it gave us huge momentum heading to the fourth.”
Robertson led Snow Canyon with 21 points and Baker added 13, including three 3-pointers.
Across town, Cedar had its only game of the week against the Warriors on Jan. 10 and dropped a matching 59-48 decision on the road. Snow Canyon led by 10 at the half and stretched the margin to 15 at 51-36 after three quarters.
Freshman Dallin Grant led the Redmen (1-2 Region 9, 8-6 overall) with 13 points, Ethan Boettcher added 11 and Alec Jacoby had 10. Baker led the Warriors with 22 points and Bryson Childs had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Falcons will be idle until Friday when they welcome Pine View to the Nest for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Cedar faces the Panthers at home tonight at 7, then plays at Hurricane on Friday.
CANYON VIEW 59, SNOW CANYON 48
Snow Canyon 16 15 9 8 — 48
Canyon View 12 18 14 15 — 59
Snow Canyon – Baker 13, Staheli 3, Warner 3, Sampson 5, Childs 3, Robertson 21. Totals 18 5-8 48. 3-pointers – Baker 3, Staheli 1, Warner 1, Sampson 1, Robertson 1
Canyon View – Farrow 1, Holmes 5, Potter 19, Blackner 25, Lambeth 9. Totals 17 18-25 59. 3-pointers – Holmes 1, Potter 2, Blackner 2, Lambeth 2.
Region 9 standings