OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The third time was the charm.
After losing its previous two meetings of the year to rival Pleasant Grove, American Fork used a balanced attack to win its first state basketball title in 40 years, beating the Vikings, 66-57.
Tanner Cuff and Trey Stewart each had 18 points to lead the Cavemen, who went to triple-overtime against Davis on Friday.
Hayden Franson had 13 points, while Isaac Johnson added 10, as the Cavemen kept the Vikings from winning its first state title in 58 years.
“They beat us twice and we were so hungry to beat them,” Cuff said. :I’m so glad it was for the state championship.”
“It’s hard to beat a team three times, it’s a tough thing,” Johnson said. “But we knew, especially against us, hard to beat a team three times. This our year, 40 years and it’s worth it. Anerican Fork is now on top, and we’ll keep it going. We’re not waiting another 40 years.”
Casey Brown and Kael Mikkelsen each had 19 points to lead Pleasant Grove.
In the 5A championship game, Corner Canyon used a dominant effort by Hayden Welling to beat Jordan, 62-45.
Welling scored 29 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, while Gabe Toombs added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Chargers outscored the Beetdiggers in the second half, 43-27 to break open a close game.
The championship is Corner Canyon’s first in its six-year history.
“This is crazy,” said Toombs. “It’s great that we can put our names in the record books. We were the first one and everybody is going to remember us. It feels so good right now.”
“It’s our last year,” said Welling. “We start four seniors and we knew that we were going to have to bring the energy. We’ve been here before and we know what it takes.”
Jordan was led by Dyson Koehler with 13 points, while Tevita Mafileo added 11.
The Corner Canyon defense held Jordan to just 30 percent shooting from the floor.