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PV follows lead of gutsy Bangerter in win

Hurricane's Austen Beatty goes for a layup as
Pine View's Ryan Koller and Collin Dowdell try
to block the shot. / Trevor Christensen /
The Spectrum & Daily News

Hurricane's Jayce Housley shoots a 3-pointer against Pine View's Cason Prisbrey on
Wednesday. / Trevor Christensen / The Spectrum & Daily News


Written by
David Cordero


ST. GEORGE — You could watch all 32 minutes of a Pine View basketball game in the upper deck of The Pit, go home and never notice Jack Bangerter’s grotesque right index finger.

The shooting guard’s digit has been busted for some time, same with his shoulder that had a large sack of ice taped to it after Wednesday’s contest. He also suffered a severe high ankle sprain during football season that kept him out for all of about one quarter.

The kid is just plain tough.

“My finger has been broken for so long I just play through it,” he said. “I try to help my team as much as I can. You can’t let a little injury like that slow you down.”

Bangerter scored 17 points and Pine View outscored visiting Hurricane 26-9 in the third quarter Wednesday en route to a 73-57 win in both teams’ Region 9 opener. More important, however, was Bangerter’s defense on high-scoring guard Cody LeBaron. Bangerter limited his counterpart to just one point.

Last time out, LeBaron scored 26.

“We just put Jack on him and didn’t play help (defense) off (him),” said PV’s Kody Wilstead. “Jack’s the best defender on the team and he kept him away from the ball.”

Ryan Koller, a move-in from Salem Hills, led the way offensively with 22 points — in addition to 10 rebounds — as the Panthers improved to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in Region 9 play.

Wilstead scored 17 points, corralled 19 rebounds and blocked six shots, yet he was in awe of his gutty teammate, who was the recipient of a high volume of Wilstead’s passes on the football field.

“He’s a trooper. That kid has more heart than anyone,” Wilstead of Bangerter. “He has a separated scapula. I don’t know anyone who could play with that.”

The Panthers went into the break with a 35-28 lead. Hurricane appeared to have given Pine View everything it wanted in the opening half, but the Panthers’ athleticism kept the Tigers at bay.

Wilstead, who picked up two early fouls, became a force in the second quarter, scoring seven points in the frame, mostly the result of hustling for rebounds.

“My team kept driving and the shots weren’t falling for them,” Wilstead said. “They kept falling into my arms.”

At times Pine View seemed out of sorts, clunky and reverting to old habits such as piling up early fouls. Yet there were glimpses of the squad’s potential in the third quarter when the Panthers wore the Tigers down.

Often beating Hurricane down the court in transition, Pine View’s speed and depth were on display as it went on a combined 33-9 run over 10 minutes of game time.

“I think our press did what we wanted it to do,” said PV coach Darrell Larsen. “I feel like we wore on them. They hit some shots early, but (not) down the stretch.”

There is no rest for the Panthers: They go to Page, Ariz., for three games beginning today before returning to St. George in time for a Wednesday showdown at Snow Canyon.

Jayce Housley led Hurricane with 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Kaden Langston added 12 and Austen Beatty chipped in 11.