Farmington boys basketball clinches share of region titleFeb 18, 2021 11:45AM ● By Josh McFadden
The third time was the charm for the Farmington boys basketball team.
After finishing in second place in the Region 5 standings each of its first two seasons, Farmington will earn a league title in year three of the school’s existence.
A double-digit win last week earned the Phoenix no worse than a co-region championship. Farmington enters this week with a 7-1 mark in Region 5 and 13-7 overall. The team sat in first place by a full two games ahead of challenger Bonneville, which the Phoenix play on Friday in the regular season finale.
Farmington didn’t have a lot of trouble last Friday with Box Elder, winning 73-54 at home. The Phoenix held a 35-30 lead at halftime and increased that advantage to a more comfortable 17-point margin, 57-40. Box Elder didn’t threaten in the fourth quarter.
The team shot 15 of 17 from the foul line and got another great game from Collin Chandler. The senior was the game-high scorer with 28 points. He drilled six three-pointer and also added three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Truman Hendry posted a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Farmington played at Viewmont on Wednesday before the big clash with Bonneville, which is the only Region 5 team to defeat the Phoenix all season.
The Darts are closing in on a possible region title as well.
Davis entered this week with an impressive 11-1 mark in Region 1, tied with Layton atop the league standings. Layton is the lone team to have defeated Davis, and the two teams met last Friday in a rematch.
This time, Davis got revenge.
Making up for an earlier 54-51 loss at home to Layton on Jan. 22, the Darts went on the road and picked up a 60-45 victory. The team’s defense was outstanding, holding Layton to just 15 points in the first half while building a 19-point cushion. Davis also shot 50% from the field and stifled Layton by holding the Lancers to just 13 of 44 shooting. Davis enjoyed balancedscoring, with Rex Sunderland leading the way with 18 points. He also added four rebounds, five assists and five steals. Chance Trujillo had 17 points, and Henry Ihrig had 15 points and seven Rebounds.
On Feb. 9, Davis destroyed Syracuse 84-45. The Darts did most of their damage in the first quarter when they built a 35-13 lead. It was mostly cruise control from there. The Darts had a bunch of contributors in the blowout. Twelve players saw action, and 10 scored. Trujillo had 19 points, four rebounds and five assists. Sunderland had 14 points, six assists and five steals. Ihrig had 13 points and five assists, and Austin Frasure chipped in 10 points.
The 16-4 Darts played at Clearfield on Tuesday and conclude the regular season on Thursday at home against Northridge.
Viewmont vs. Bountiful
The Vikings and Braves squared off last Friday in the teams’ second meeting of the year.
Bountiful won the first match on Jan. 22 by the count of 56-42. The result was similar this time around.
The Braves got out to a 22-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and were up 38-28 athalftime. It was enough to propel Bountiful to a 64-51 win.
Robert Whaley had a huge game for the Braves, racking up 26 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. Teammates Henry Smith and Austin Cooper had 16 points and 10 points, respectively. For Viewmont, Radek Pulsipher and Brash Emery each tallied 12 points.
Bountiful and Viewmont both head into the final week of the regular season with a 4-4 record in league play. The Braves played at Woods Cross on Wednesday and wrap up the regular season on Friday at Box Elder. Viewmont hosted Farmington on Wednesday and entertain Woods Cross on Friday.
The 2-6 Wildcats are slumping, having now lost four in a row as the final week of the regular season begins. Woods Cross lost to Bonneville 61-56 last Friday in a hard-fought game at home. The Wildcats were up 21-12 entering the second quarter but saw Bonneville turn the tables with runs of 16-7 and 15-8 in quarters two and three. Keegan Phung had 20 points, and Mason Bendinger had 18 for Woods Cross.