Boys basketball: Thunder halt Dixie win streak; PV keeps pace
ST. GEORGE – Dixie’s 28-game winning streak was broken Wednesday night by Desert Hills in a barnburner contest in the Thunderdome. D-Hills’ close win also shook up the Region 9 standings a bit, with the Thunder pulling into a tie for first place with the Flyers and Pine View staying within striking distance a game out after the Panthers’ big win over Hurricane.
And let’s not forget the Snow Canyon Warriors, who got their first region win by squeaking past Cedar. That means SC is just a game behind Hurricane in trying to get a playoff spot and the No. 4 seed.
Here’s a look at Wednesday night’s action, starting with that battle for first place:
Desert Hills 51, Dixie 48
The Thunder’s Tanner Turley made one free throw with 6.8 seconds left to give DH a 49-48 lead. After a Dixie time out, Turley missed the second one hard off the front rim. But teammate Cam Clayton rebounded the miss and was fouled. He made both free throws and a Dixie 3-pointer was off the mark at the buzzer. “There was incredible effort out there by both teams,” Thunder coach Wade Turley said. “I don’t think I’ve seen a game where so many kids were diving and scrappin’, just trying to get those 50-50 balls. There was a lot on the line tonight.”