FARMINGTON, Utah — The No. 5 seeded Mountain View boys basketball team was defeated 61-56 by Farmington in the quarterfinals of the 5A state playoffs Wednesday night at Farmington High School.
Calvin Gustafson led the team with 21 points while Preston Thompson followed with 12 points.
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— MVHS Bruins (@mvhsbruins) March 4, 2021
Gustafson scored the first seven points for the Bruins (15-9) who led 7-6 with 5:47 remaining in the first quarter. Farmington answered with a 10-0 run to take an 16-7 lead, their largest of the game. Mountain View went without a field goal for the next five minutes until Gustafson buried his second triple of the game from the corner to make the score 18-11.
In the second quarter, Thompson and Gustafson combined to go five-for-six from the free throw line to bring the Bruins within four at 18-22. After a technical foul on Farmington, Court Walker drained a pair of free throws to cut the Pheonix lead to one, with 54 seconds remaining in the first half. David Hair made a driving score on the ensuing possession and Court Walker split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 29-29 at half.
A breakaway dunk from Carter Walker and a spinning lay-in by Gustafson gave Mountain View a 35-34 advantage, their first lead since the opening minutes of the game. The Bruins stretched their lead to six at 42-36 after a Thompson triple and back-to-back buckets from Court Walker. The game remained tight as Mountian View clung to a 47-46 entering the fourth quarter.
David Hair opened the scoring for the Bruins in the fourth quarter, hitting a jumper to make the score 49-46 with 7:33 remaining in the game. Farmington pulled away over the next few minutes to retake the lead at 56-49. Mountain View got within four at 54-58 with 46 seconds left after Preston Thompson went one-for-two from the charity stripe. The Bruins were unable to get any closer, however, as Farmington converted free throws down the stretch to advance to the 5A semifinals.