The inaugural season in Region 12 is turning out to be a rousing success for Canyon View.
The Falcons picked up their eighth consecutive win and moved to 5-0 against region teams on Friday with a solid 63-31 pounding of Juab. Brantzen Blackner had a game-high 16 points and Canyon View used a 24-point first quarter to seize control of the game as assert its will on the Wasps from start to finish.
“We had to come out with a lot of energy,” Blackner said. “We had a good game plan and we’re confident right now.”
It was a complete team effort for the Falcons who were without the services of starters Xavier Stoker and Lorenzo Camba but got a huge boost in the form of 29 points from the bench.
“We needed everybody tonight,” Blackner said. “We had some big holes to fill. We had to step up and our bench did great tonight.”
Stoker and Camba sat out after what head coach Robbie Potter called a team decision. He declined to elaborate but said the pair will be available for next Friday’s game against Carbon.
“You always wonder how people are going to respond to a little bit of adversity and I think our guys responded positively,” Potter said. “I’ve always felt like we’re a team, that we’re deep and we can do a lot of things. I thought it was good to give some guys who haven’t played a lot some confidence.”
With only three games remaining in the regular season the Falcons hold the first-place spot in Region 12 with a two-game lead over Richfield (3-1).
They also have the benefit of playing all three games at home, something Blackner said gives them a significant advantage.
“Anytime you play in front of your own crowd, it gives you energy,” Blackner said, “but we’re not done. The hard part’s over with but we still have games to win. We’re not finished yet.”
Friday’s game was never close as the Falcons jumped out to a 24-11 lead after the first quarter.
They extended the lead to 22 points in the second quarter, outscoring the Wasps 15-6 and going into the break with a 39-17 advantage.
Blackner and Job Huxford combined to score 10 of Canyon View’s 12 points in the third quarter as the offense dialed back the intensity and let the defense try to preserve the lead.
The starters spent the final period on the bench and the backups took the floor, closing out the game with an 11-9 run.
Juab hit no shots from inside the arc in the second half, instead relying on the accuracy of Chet Dalton who scored all of his 12 points with four three-pointers and accounted for all but two of the Wasps’ points in the final two quarters.
He finished the game second in scoring behind Blackner while Canyon View’s Cadyn Clark was next with nine points off the bench.