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Hurricane 50, Cedar 42 1/19/2018

A cold fourth quarter for the Tigers made this one look closer than it actually was. Hurricane led by as many as 19 early in the fourth quarter before a late flourish by the Redmen got them within eight at the final buzzer.

The real story was the defense played by the Tigers in the second and third quarters. Hurricane allowed just one basket in the eight minute-long second period, then gave up just eight points in the third to forge an insurmountable lead of 39-22 heading into the final period.

“The two biggest differences in the game were our defense and the fact that we have Jackson Last,” Hurricane coach Todd Langston said. “We forced a lot of turnovers and just disrupted their offense tonight. Adam Heyrend played great defense and got a lot of deflections. He really got into the passing lanes and came up with some steals. And Jackson continues to be an amazing player. He is fearless.”

Last had 27 points and seven rebounds and continues to be one of the top scorers in the state. The senior guard made three 3-pointers and is averaging 25.8 points per game.

Langston also praised the play of Russell Nield, who filled in for Reagan Marshall, who is playing through a painful torn labrum in his hip.

“Russell came up big for us,” Langston said. “He played a lot of minutes as an undersized post because Reagan was just too sore to be very effective tonight. Russell had 10 rebounds, which was huge, and he also scored seven points.”

Matthew Meyers also played extended minutes and chipped in eight points for the Tigers, who improved to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in region play.

Up 13-12 to start the second quarter, Hurricane got five quick points from Last on a layup and a 3-pointer. Cedar briefly cut it to 18-14 on a basket by Ryan Kite, but the Tigers would score the next seven points over the next five minutes to make it 25-14 at intermission.

Hurricane then started the third quarter on a 5-1 run to make it 30-15 after a deuce by Last and a 3-pointer by Meyers.

Marshall hit his only basket of the game to start the fourth quarter, but it significantly made it the biggest lead of the night at 41-22 and the Tigers cruised from there.

Hurricane made 16 of 39 shots in the game (41 percent) and outrebounded Cedar 32-26.

“Cedar goes to the glass hard after shots,” Langston said. “But we actually outrebounded them, so I was pretty proud of that. Cedar is young, but they’re scrappy. They’re going to be really good. Their coach (Russ Beck) is super knowledgeable and has a great understanding of the game.”

Cedar, 8-8 and 1-4, was led by senior Ethan Boettcher’s 18 points. Dallin Peterson added eight.

The Tigers play at Snow Canyon next Wednesday, while Cedar will host region-leader Dixie at Redmen Gymnasium.