OREM, Utah — No. 5 Mountain View advanced to the quarterfinals of the UHSAA 5A state tournament with a 66-48 win over Maple Mountain at home on Friday night.
“For our seniors this is it, this is their last run. So at halftime, we told them to focus and communicate, and that was how they were going to win the game,” Mountain View assistant coach Jared Walker told the Daily Herald. “They came out and communicated, ran what we wanted them to run and were dialed in in both quarters.”
Calvin Gustafson scored a team-high 19 points while Preston Thompson followed with 17 points. Mason Faux chipped in nine points, going 3 of 4 from deep.
No. 12 Maple Mountain 48
No. 5 Mountain View 66 (F)@MVHSBASKETBALL3 advances to the quarterfinals with the win over the Eagles. The Bruins had a huge third quarter that gave them a lead they wouldn’t lose. pic.twitter.com/AAnLorWTAs
— Tony (@tonyjepp) February 27, 2021
Gustafson made the first two Mountain View (15-8) buckets of the game as Maple Mountain (12-9) took an 11-4 lead midway through the first quarter. Transition scores from senior David Hair and Gustafson and a triple from Court Walker brought the Bruins within two at 13-11. Another score from Hair made the Eagle lead 18-13 at the end of the first quarter.
A 3-pointer from Gustafson opened the scoring in the second quarter as he and Thompson combined for the next 12 of Mountain View’s points. Carter Walker split a pair of free throws just before halftime to cut the Maple Mountain lead to three points at 32-29.
The Bruins scored on each of their first two possessions in the third quarter on 3-point shots from Gustafson and Thompson. Mountain View’s 10-0 run to start the second half was capped by a spin move and score by Thompson. A Maple Mountain triple made it a one-point game entering the fourth quarter at 43-42 with the Bruins in front.
Mountain View started the final quarter with another big run, scoring 13 in a row. Back-to-back threes from Mason Faux and a Carter Walker dunk gave the Bruins a 53-42 lead. Court Walker found Thompson for an inside score late in the quarter to seal the game for the Bruins, who advance to the quarterfinals in the state playoffs for the first time since 2016.
The Bruins will play at No. 4 Farmington (17-7) on Wednesday, March 3 for a chance to advance to the 5A semifinals. The game will be live-streamed on the FHS Phoenix Basketball Game Broadcast YouTube channel at 7 p.m. MST.
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