From the beginning of the season Canyon View has not been shy in talking about its goal to finish the year with an unblemished region record.
The games haven’t been easy and it’s taken the whole team to get this far, but the Falcons just keep on winning.
They picked up their ninth straight victory on Friday and ran their region record to 6-0 with a hard-fought 61-51 win over Carbon.
Brantzen Blackner had a game-high 14 points and Lorenzo Camba added 12 as Canyon View survived the Dinos’ late rally to move one step closer to achieving their goal.
“Everybody’s coming with their best shot at us,” Blackner said. “We’ve got a big target on us. We’re playing great, we’re undefeated and everybody who comes here wants to beat us. They’re coming hungry, they’re coming with their best game plan, but we’re on our home court and we have to keep defending it.”
The Falcons get two final chances to defend it next week as they close out the regular season with home games against North Sanpete and Richfield.
There’s definite pressure to keep the loss column empty, and the coaches know the struggle goes beyond what happens on the court.
“We’ve got two more games to go and we keep looking at that zero,” head coach Robbie Potter said. “We’re just trying to handle all this emotionally and physically and make sure we continue with the path we’re going down.”
Friday’s contest may have been one of the most stressful the Falcons have played.
The teams traded runs throughout the game, Carbon using one final push to try to pull off what would have been a stunning comeback.
Canyon View finished the first quarter on a 7-0 run to erase an early deficit, then closed the second frame by outscoring the Dinos 15-0.
The Falcons led 30-20 at the half and started to run away with the game in the third, getting their biggest lead of the night at 43-25.
But Carbon would not go away so easily and started chipping away at the Falcons’ lead.
Gage Daugherty hit two of his 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Brad Williams added another, and by the end of the period the 18-point gap was down to 11 at 48-37.
Another trey in the fourth quarter from Jamin Jensen helped the Dinos trim it all the way down to four points at 48-44 with six minutes left to play.
The streak completed a 19-5 Carbon run and had the visitors on their feet.
But three straight buckets from Xavier Stoker breathed some life back into the Falcons’ offense and pushed the lead back to eight points at 54-46.
Camba made it a 10-point game with a lay up on Canyon View’ next possession and the Falcons held Carbon to five points over the final minutes to hang on for the win.