Pine View and Canyon View face off in an early-season, must-win game.
After starting the season 11-0, the Pine View Panthers lost to Dixie and Desert Hills last week to fall into fourth place in the region. With the incredible start, it’s hard to consider the Panthers (11-2) in a must-win scenario, but a three-game losing streak could cost them a home game in the state tournament.
The Canyon View Falcons (7-5) have won five of their last six games, including a road region win against Hurricane on Friday. With a decent start of their own, and a region win under their belts, the Falcons are looking to clinch a playoff spot for the first time since the 2009 season.
Keaton Kringlen and Ty Nielson lead a Falcons team that scores a decent amount of points. Kringlen scores 12 points per game, and Nielson scores 9.7. The Falcons as a whole score 57.4 points per game.
Battle on the Boards
Kringlen leads the Falcons in rebounding with 4.7 per game, followed by Derek Dunnell with 4.4 boards. Pine View has rebounding machines in Kody Wilstead (7.7 RPG), Cody Ruesch (5.3) and Jed Newby (4.1). Desert Hills had success against the Panthers because it didn’t allow them to grab offensive rebounds and get second-chance points. The Falcons will have to do the same thing because of the Panthers’ superior size.
Wilstead continues to shine in the middle of the paint with his height. He blocked three more shots against Desert Hills, and may get a few more in Cedar City with the Falcons standing a few inches shorter than he.
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