By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
Their best player wasn’t his usual self, but it didn’t matter to the Canyon View Falcons. Joey Lambeth was more than happy to pick up the slack.Falcons add to win streak, beat Redmen
Lambeth scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the first half, and the Falcons used big runs in both halves to roll to its fifth straight win, 55-36 over the Cedar Redmen on Jan. 31 at the CHS gym.
On a night when Brantzen Blackner was held to just eight points, Lambeth had nine in the first quarter alone. The game turned firmly in favor of the Falcons when they closed the first half with a 10-1 run to take a 27-15 lead to the locker room.
For CV head coach Robbie Potter, the game was a welcome change from the frenetic pace brought about by a pair of second-half comeback wins last week.
“I wasn’t very stressed tonight, but I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing,” Potter said. “I know what we’re capable of. … Don’t change what we do just because it’s a cross-town rival.”
The Redmen were able to cut the deficit back to six at 30-24 midway through the third quarter after freshman Dallin Grant scored five straight points, but Canyon View responded with a 14-1 run that spilled over into the fourth quarter and helped them effectively put the game away.
CV would lead by as many as 21 points in the final period. Even as he played with pain from a back injury, Blackner was able to deliver the ball to open players. Lambeth said his hot start was by design.
“We had plays designed for me, and we followed through,” Lambeth said. “Once their big guy jumped, I’d just go around him.”
The senior said the loss to the Redmen in the first meeting drove the motivation even further.
“After that game, we didn’t want to lose again,” Lambeth said. “We scored more in the first half, and that helped.”
Parker Holmes added 13 points for the Falcons, who improved to 5-3 in Region 9 play. Grant led the Redmen with 14 points in the loss.
CV saw its five-game winning streak come to an end as the Dixie Flyers rallied in the second half for a 49-44 victory Feb. 3 that kept them perfect in region at 8-0. The Falcons led by eight after a quarter, but the Flyers outscored them 13-7 over the final eight minutes.
Carson Bottema led all scorers for Dixie with 21 points.
Cedar saw its losing streak reach seven straight in heartbreaking fashion as Kade Guerisoli hit the winning basket in the closing seconds to give Snow Canyon a 51-49 win. The Warriors (3-6 Region 9) led 38-22 at the start of the fourth quarter, but saw the Redmen take a 49-48 lead with just under a minute left before Guerisoli came through and kept his team’s slim playoff hopes alive.
Canyon View will travel to Snow Canyon to play the Warriors tonight while Cedar has a bye.
CANYON VIEW 55, CEDAR 36
Canyon View 13 14 9 19 — 55
Cedar 8 7 10 11 — 36
Canyon View – Lyman 1, Farrow 8, Holmes 13, Potter 4, Blackner 8, Lambeth 21. Totals 18 15-20 55. 3-pointers – Farrow 2, Blackner 1, Lambeth 1.
Cedar – Grant 14, Boettcher 3, Jacoby 3, Tebbs 4, Peterson 4, Haskins 1, Clark 7. Totals 10 12-20 36. 3-pointers – Grant 3, Boettcher 1.