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Desert Hills 56, Hurricane 51 1/17/2018

Reagan Marshall hit his first five shots and the visiting Tigers came out on fire to open the game. With Marshall and Jackson Last hitting from outside, Hurricane jumped out to a 21-11 first-quarter lead.

“Man, I swear they hit every shot in the first quarter,” Desert Hills coach Wade Turley said. “Our plan was to help out on Last and make someone else beat us. But then their big kid (Marshall) hit a bunch of shots and Last got going and we couldn’t stop them.”

Down by 10, the Thunder changed the tempo in the second quarter, pressing after made baskets, and the strategy made some headway for the Thunder as they were able to bring it to within 32-27 at halftime.

“That was a big key for us,” Turley said. “The first quarter was kind of plodding and slow, but we sped things up after that. It seemed to tire them out a little bit.”

Trevin Lindstrom hit a jumper to end the half and make it a five-point game and the junior guard was just starting to warm up. His 3-pointer midway through the third quarter gave D-Hills its first lead since early in the game at 42-41. After a miss by the Tigers, he hit another trey and it was 45-41. The two deep balls capped an 8-0 Desert Hills run.

Another basket by Lindstrom made it 47-42 at the end of the third.

“He was really good for us in the third,” Turley said. “I think that’s when he scored all his points.”

Marshall’s three-point play with 4:36 left in the game pulled the Tigers to within 49-48. But Tucker Peterson hit back-to-back buckets and Peterson and Trey Allred hit feee throws in the closing moments to seal the win.

“This team is a little funny,” Turley said. “We can get on those little rolls where we are really hot. We’re still working on putting together a full four quarters, where we’re executing on both ends. The good news is that we haven’t peaked yet.”

Lindstrom led Desert Hills with 15 points. Trey Allred had 11 points and Peterson contributed 12 points and nine rebounds. The Thunder shot 48 percent from the floor (23 for 47) and made 6 for 10 from the line.

Hurricane got 25 points and 11 rebounds from Last, plus 17 from Marshall. But the Tigers made just 18 of 46 field goals (39 percent) and hit just 5 for 22 from deep (23 percent). The Tigers made 10 of 15 free throws.

D-Hills, 11-3 overall and 4-0 in region, plays at Dixie in a battle for first place Friday night. Hurricane, 8-5 and 2-2, has a home game vs. Cedar Friday night.