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Desert Hills 79, Hurricane 69 2/9/2018

The full extent of the Desert Hills offensive firepower was on display in this one, with Tyler Webber and Tucker Peterson combining for 48 points in the Thunder’s key road win, which clinched a home playoff game for DH.

The two teammates, best friends since early in their childhood, were a deadly combo for the Thunder. Webber had a career-high 25 points, making four 3-pointers and and all seven of his free throw attempts. Peterson had 23 points, three treys and 6 of 9 free throws.

“Those two have a certain comfort level with each other,” Turley said. “They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and they feed off of each other. When you’ve been playing together as long as those two have, you get to know what each other is going to do.”

Peterson, who is generally the bigger scorer between the two, said he knew Webber was going to have a big night.

“I’m just so proud of him,” Peterson said. “We’ve been best friends since I was born and we’ve worked a lot of hours together and I’m so happy it’s coming together our senior year. He was on tonight.”

The game was tight – and a shootout – early on. Webber and Peterson had first-quarter treys and Reagan Marshall and Jackson Last countered for the Tigers. It was a 17-16 Thunder lead after one quarter. Peterson hit two treys in the second quarter as D-Hills pushed the lead a little larger at 38-35 at intermission.

The third quarter started huge for Desert Hills as Webber had a three-point play and a 3-pointer to make it 46-39. A Peterson basket in the paint gave the Thunder their biggest lead of the game at 48-39 with 6:24 to play.

DH led 50-41 when the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to tighten things up again. Marshall hit his second trey and Last made two free throws to make it 50-46. Russell Neild rattled home a runner in the lane to cut it to 50-48 with 2:55 left on the clock. It was 56-53 heading into the final period.

“The fourth quarter was important for us because we were able to make our free throws and we were a lot better at helping out on the weak side in defending Jackson Last,” Turley said. “He’s a great player and still got some shots up there, but we did a much better job defending him late in the game.”

The Thunder started the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run as Peterson scored inside and Webber followed with a left-corner trey to make it 61-53 a minute into the final period. Hurricane cut it to five a couple of times, but could get no closer as Desert Hills made 10 of 12 free throws in the final two minutes to ice the game.

All-totaled, the Thunder were 27 of 34 from the free throw line (79 percent).

“We were OK earlier in the year, but four or five games ago we hit 50 percent and against Dixie we were in the 50s and lost that game by two points,” Turley said. “So we’ve made it a priority to get better at the line and to work hard on that and the hard work paid off tonight.”

The Thunder also shot well from the floor (22 of 45, 49 percent) and from beyond the arc (8 for 16 for 50 percent). Hurricane was 20 of 47 from the floor (43 percent), but made just 5 of 19 3-pointers (23 percent). The Tigers hit 24 of 29 free throws for 83 percent.

With the win, the Thunder (15-5 overall, 8-2 in region) are assured at least second place and a home playoff game in the first round of the state playoffs. Ryan Marz had 10 points and six boards for D-Hills, which closes the year with a home game against Dixie Wednesday and a road game at Canyon View next Friday. Those are the two teams that beat the Thunder in region this year.

Hurricane, which played without head coach Todd Langston (who was in the hospital after falling off a ladder and breaking some ribs), got 26 points from Last and 10 from Marshall. Last also had six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Tigers, 11-9 and 5-5, are tied with Canyon View for third place, 1 1/2 games ahead of fifth-place Snow Canyon. Hurricane closes the regular season at Cedar next Wednesday and at home against Snow Canyon on Friday.

 

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