With a lot more at stake this time around, CV made the clutch shots and celebrated what mattered most.
Brantzen Blackner and Joey Lambeth combined for 46 points and the Falcons pulled away in the fourth quarter to clinch its second straight Region 12 title, beating Richfield 65-53 in front of a big crowd at the Falcons’ Nest. CV finished the regular season with a 6-2 region record and earned the right to host Union, the No. 4 seed from Region 10, in the first round of the 3A state playoffs Friday at 7 p.m.
“Credit to Richfield. They shot the lights out,” Canyon View head coach Robbie Potter said. “They kept it close and we had to battle. Joey hasn’t been to the free-throw line all year, and he probably doubled his free throws tonight. He wins our free-throw competition in practice every day, and we love having him there.”
In a game that had enough back-and-forth swings to wear out the heartiest of boxers, the Falcons (13-10 overall) saw a seven-point lead cut to one at 44-43 as the fourth quarter began. Lambeth would hit a 3-pointer that sparked a 9-2 run at the start of the period, but his 6-for-6 effort from the free-throw line in the final eight minutes would be the difference in securing another championship trophy.
“Coach said to drive (to the basket) a lot more, so that’s what I did,” said Lambeth, who finished with 11 of his 20 points in the fourth. “The way we’ve been playing, this will spark us and get us going.”
Blackner matched his season-high with 26 points including a basket off a Lambeth steal on the final play of the first half that put CV in front 32-31. After eight lead changes in the first two quarters, the Falcons wouldn’t trail again.
“They’re a hard team. They knew if they won, we’d be in a tie and need a coin flip,” Blackner said. “We knew they’d never give up. Put them away, but shut them down if they made a run. Whoever makes the longest run tends to win.”
After a 3-pointer from Payton Thompson pulled the Wildcats – who finished 4-4 in Region 12 and fell to the No. 4 seed with the loss after a three-way coin flip – within 57-51, Blackner and Lambeth went to work at the free-throw line over the final two and a half minutes as CV closed the win out with an 8-2 run.
For the game, the Falcons made 19 of 25 (76 percent) from the stripe, including 10 of 11 in the fourth quarter.
Stetson Southwick led Richfield with 16 points and Jeron Stewart added 13.
CANYON VIEW 65, RICHFIELD 53
Richfield 10 21 12 10 -- 53
Canyon View 11 21 12 21 -- 65
Richfield – Southwick 16, Thompson 6, Hinck 7, Jensen 6, Hafen 5, Stewart 13. Totals 18 10-12 53. 3-pointers – Southwick 2, Thompson 2, Jensen 1, Hafen 1, Stewart 1.
Canyon View – Huxford 3, Blackner 26, Lambeth 20, Dettling 7, Miller 9. Totals 20 19-25 65. 3-pointers – Huxford 1, Blackner 2, Lambeth 2, Dettling 1.
Canyon View 51, North Sanpete 29
3A State Playoffs
Union at Canyon View, 7 p.m.