Panthers halt losing streak, beat Falcons

Panthers halt losing streak, beat Falcons

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Panthers halt losing streak, beat Falcons

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Pine View and Canyon View entered their boys basketball matchup in the same state as the other. Not only are they working to get their respective teams back to a competitive level, but they’re also looking to take the next step and qualify for the 3A state tournament this season. In order to do so, both teams needed a win on Wednesday night to keep them in the playoff hunt.

After an up-tempo pace provided entertaining action, it was the Panthers’ ability to go on big runs that proved to be the difference, which helped them secure a 55-49 road win over the Falcons.

Coach Darrell Larsen said in a postgame interview with 1210AM that the win was a must for Pine View if they have any hope of competing for a state tournament berth, adding the players continued to battle all night long and showed a lot of character by overcoming many Canyon View rallies.

Point guard Chaz Petersen led Pine View (2-3 region, 9-6 overall) with 17 points while teammate Jack Bangerter added 11. Yet it was Petersen stealing the show as he produced 15 of those 17 in the second half, including back-to-back treys in the third quarter as the Panthers outscored the Falcons 15-9 during the eight-minute stretch.

“Chaz can score, and we’ve told him to be aggressive,” Larsen said in postgame. “He’s just a great young man to coach, and he did some really good things tonight (Wednesday).”

Pine View built sizeable leads at different stages of the game, but ultimately surrendered them back to Canyon View. That is until the fourth quarter, where the Panthers broke a 40-40 tie with a 9-0 run, and in part to clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch, they were able to hang on to that lead and snap their four-game losing streak.

“Pine View’s tough all around, and a good team,” said Nate Jarvis, a senior guard who had nine points. “It’s nice to win three of four, but we only won one out of two region games, and those are the ones that really count.”

For Canyon View (1-4, 7-9), an opportunity was missed, but there were positives to take from the contest.

Chad Corry had 16 points and Brady Barrett finished with nine in the loss. And prior to Wednesday, the Falcons had won three of their last four games. Sure, they couldn’t generate the same magic against Pine View, but the progress of improving their competitive stature in region is certainly visible.

“The transition has gone well,” said Falcons coach Rob Potter. “The hard part is — and will be — establishing that belief process of winning in Region 9 consistently and accomplishing things that haven’t happened in this program in some cases in a decade.”

ENTERPRISE 51, BEAVER 39: Justin Prisbrey poured in 26 points as the Wolves beat the Beavers in a Region 13 tilt in Enterprise on Wednesday night.

Dace Truman added 14 points as Enterprise won its seventh straight game overall (9-7) and improved to 2-0 in Region 13, joining idle Parowan atop the standings.

Smoky Osborn and Zac Burke had eight points apiece for the Beavers, who fell to 1-2, 11-2.

MILLARD 67, KANAB 51: No details reported.

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