PROVO — Lone Peak and Orem have received almost all the press in the early season, but there’s more than two quality boys basketball teams in Utah County. One of those quality teams looks to be Timpview, which dominated a hot Cottonwood team at home, 74-31.
The Thunderbirds used balanced scoring and a big first half run to bury the Colts. Dax Raymond led the way with 18 points, with Taylor Roy and Riley Corbin adding 15 and 13 points respectively. Cottonwood was led by Austin Simmons (10 points) and Brendan Guzman (9.)
“We played well tonight,” said Timpview coach Perry Wildeboar. “We struggled a bit early, but we were able to get out and run a lot, and I’m happy with how we played overall on both ends of the court.”
Cottonwood came into the game on the heels of an impressive 68-60 road win over Riverton and looked to give Timpview all it could handle for the first four minutes. The Colts took advantage of some early open looks and Timpview turnovers to build an early 8-3 lead at the first timeout.
Following the timeout, it was all Timpview.
The Thunderbirds closed out the first quarter with a 14-2 run to lead 17-10 at first break. They extended that run into the second, outscoring the Colts 19-1 in the first seven minutes of the quarter, taking a commanding 38-16 lead into the half.
“We got better defensively and cut down on giving them a lot of the easy looks we gave them in the first,” Wildeboar said. “We were able to get some easy baskets, and things started rolling for us, and it was a lot of fun.”
Timpview didn’t let up in the second half and more than doubled its lead to come away with its third win of the year against no losses.
Wildeboar is happy with his team’s start and is more than happy to have his team’s early success go unnoticed.
“(The media) can keep on writing about Lone Peak and Orem all they want — that’s just fine with me,” he said. “Those are obviously two great teams, but I like where we’re at starting the year. We have about eight guys rotating in that we’re confident with, and we have a number of guys who can step up and lead the scoring on any given night. I like our balance and I like our attitude.”
As mentioned, Timpview moves to 3-0 on the year and will take on Pine View this Friday before heading south to participate in the Red Rock Rumble at Dixie State College. With the loss, Cottonwood drops to 2-4 and will next take on Skyline at home.
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